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England lose in first one-day international

March 24, 2021 5:30 am
Krunal Pandya hit the fastest half-century by a player on one-day international debut. [Source: BBC]

England squandered the chance to win in the first one-day international against India, losing by 66 runs in Pune.

Jonny Bairstow’s scintillating 94, from only 66 balls, had the world champions well on course for their target of 318.

India’s pace bowlers roared back, and an England side missing the rested Joe Root lost five wickets for 41 runs before eventually slumping to 251 all out.

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The hosts had earlier been lifted to 317-5 by Shikhar Dhawan’s 98 and 58 not out from Krunal Pandya, whose 26-ball half-century was the fastest by a debutant in one-day internationals.

Rohit Sharma was struck on the elbow by Mark Wood and, most seriously, new Lancashire signing Shreyas Iyer suffered a partial dislocation of his left shoulder.

The second in the three-match series is on the same ground on Friday.

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