Jonny Bairstow heroics in vain as England throw away glorious chance to chase down India in opening ODI
Jonny Bairstow set up a glorious chance for England to win the opening ODI against India, only for the tourists to end up losing by 66 runs in Pune.
After their hosts posted a daunting target of 317, thanks mainly to a brilliant 98 from opener Shikhar Dhawan, England made a stunning start to the run chase.
Jason Roy and Bairstow combined for an opening stand of 135 off just 14.2 overs, featuring some incredible shot-making, and England looked set to reach the required total with ease.
However, the wicket of Roy was followed by a middle order collapse, and when Bairstow went for 94, the balance swung in favour of India.
Eoin Morgan’s side were eventually bowled out for 251 after their promising start, losing all ten wickets for just 116 runs, meaning Bairstow’s heroic knock was all in vain.
With Jofra Archer missing due to injury, England’s bowling attack missed a cutting edge and the tourists were only about to take five Indian wickets.
Seam was the only source of success as Ben Stokes took three and Mark Wood claimed the other two, while Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali were expensive.
And if England’s openers showed why they are the reigning world champions in this format, their middle order would’ve had many questioning that fact.
It’s a three-match series, so the tourists still have time to turn things around – and you can listen to every ball live on talkSPORT 2!