Kohli Hails 'One of our Sweetest ODI Victories'

Kohli Hails 'One of our Sweetest ODI Victories' Photo: TT
India's captain Virat Kohli, right, and teammates celebrate their win in the first One Day International cricket match between India and England at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune

India captain Virat Kohli has labeled their 66-run One Day International win over England as “one of our sweetest victories in the recent past” after fighting back from a losing position in Pune on Tuesday.

India batted first and made a strong score of 5-317 led by Shikhar Dhawan with 98 from 106 balls before an exceptional final 10 overs from KL Rahul (62no from 43) and Krunal Pandya (58no from 31).

In reply, England got off to a blistering start with Jason Roy (46 from 35) and Jonny Bairstow (94 from 66) taking them to 0-135 in the 15th over before the former lost his wicket.

From there, the English lost their way as India’s bowlers dominated, with Prasidh Krishna taking 4-54, Shardul Thakur taking 3-37 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2-30.

“One of our sweetest victories in the recent past,” Kohli said post-game.

“We haven’t won many good games in ODIs. A comeback from all our bowlers. Going for few runs early on (Prasidh) and coming back was amazing.

“Krunal Pandya as well. Shardul, Bhuvi were amazing. I am a really proud man right now. The team showed great character and intensity.”

England captain Eoin Morgan was left to rue his side’s inability to build on their openers’ partnership, losing 10-116 upon Roy’s dismissal.

“The two openers were outstanding, but we failed to build on from that,” Morgan said.

“We need to execute better than we did today. India did really well and deserved to win.

“Being able to take the attack to the opposition is something that we pride ourselves on. We want to continue to push the envelope in that regard.

“It’s better for us to lose like this than losing by 10-20 runs playing in a completely different manner that doesn’t suit us.”

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