Jasprit Bumrah produced a devastating display of fast bowling en route to the best six-wicket haul of his career to set up India’s 10-wicket hammering of England in the first ODI in London on Tuesday. Bumrah finished with envious numbers of six to 19 in 7.2 overs, while India nibbled at England for 110, their lowest against the visitors, after opting to bowl in overcast conditions. Skipper Rohit Sharma (76 out of 58) and Shikhar Dhawan (31 out of 54), who played his first competitive game since the IPL, sent India home with an unbeaten score of 114 points from 18.4 overs.
While Dhawan understandably took his time getting into the rhythm, Rohit treated the crowd with some superb shots, including Craig Overton’s two front foot pulls going for a six and four.
Dhawan, who struggled with 2 of 17 balls, went to work with back to back boundaries from Reece Topley. India had plenty of time to blow to victory, allowing the southpaw to take it easy.
Rohit reached the 50 run with his third six of the innings, an effortless hook from Brydon Chase over a fine leg. He pulled Chase to the end of the innings for his fifth maximum before Dhawan hit the winning line.
Earlier, given the cloudy conditions and the grass on the pitch, India decided to put the opponent in and the pacers took full advantage of the conditions.
Bumrah ended up dreaming of becoming the first Indian pacer to take five or more wickets in an ODI in England.
The ball swung and swung at a good pace, making Bumrah and Mohammed Shami (3/31) all the more deadly.
Jason Roy’s struggle (0) continued as he played on as he attempted an extended drive from a full and wide ball from Bumrah. Roy had little idea of the booming swingers Bumrah had unleashed before he got his number.
Two balls later, in-form Joe Root (0) expected another quick inswinger, but Bumrah got one to rise outside the off-stump that took a lead en route to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant for a double wicket maiden over.
Shami also got into action from the other side, surprising Ben Stokes (0) with a long throw that went back in sharply to grab the inside rim and Pant took a spectacular one-handed catch.
It turned out to be a busy day for the Indian wicketkeeper who took his second one-handed catch to get rid of the dangerous Jonny Bairstow (7), giving Bumrah his third wicket.
Bumrah soon made 26 for five as Liam Livingstone (0) stormed off the lane to disrupt the bowler’s rhythm, but ended up playing around a fast and swinging Yorker on the leg stump.
England skipper Jos Buttler (30 of 32) showed positive intentions to get his team out of the hole, but played one too many given the game situation.
Brought back on the attack, Shami went for a short pass and Buttler misdirected the pull to be caught on a deep square leg, leaving England to falter at 59 for seven.
India played four pacesetters including Hardik Pandya and Prasidh Krishna also helped the visitors to hold the pressure.
A ninth wicket partnership for 35 runs between David Willey (21 out of 26) and Bryson Carse (15 out of 26) put England past their lowest total, 86, against Australia in 2001.
Bumrah came back on the attack to pick his second five-wicket-haul in ODI cricket. It was no surprise that he hit the milestone with a Yorker too good for Carse.
Star batter Virat Kohli missed the series opener due to a groin injury.
The second ODI of the three-game series will be played here at The Lord’s on Thursday.