Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Sharma sees England ODI series as `crucial´ pointer to…

Sharma sees England ODI series as `crucial´ pointer to…

He took 6/25 in India's eight-wicket win in the first match while he got 3/68 in the second ODI which his side lost by 86 runs.

England released batsman Dawid Malan and all-rounder Sam Curran to prepare for the upcoming Test series against India. "But certainly he (Kuldeep) extracted more turn than any other spinner", he said.

The Men in Blue began the ODI series against England on a bang.

But he has been in brilliant domestic white-ball form, scoring more than 500 runs during Hampshire's victorious One-Day Cup campaign.

The veteran taking the ball from the umpires might be the indicator that he is retiring from the limited-overs formats as well. Kohli's innings ended when he was bowled by a superb leg-break from Rashid that pitched on leg stump and hit off. That all vanished as rapidly as some of the Indian supporters in the last hour as Joe Root and Eoin Morgan calmly cruised to their goal in an unbroken partnership of 186. It was not until the penultimate over that India hit their first sixes of the innings, with tailender Shardul Thakur twice pulling Ben Stokes high over square leg. In the second ODI, KL Rahul failed to get going, and that might force India to have a rethink about their middle-order for the decider. After a thumping loss in the series opener at Trent Bridge, England bounced back with an improbably handsome win at Lord's on Saturday, which leaves them inseparable at 10/11 each in the pre-match stakes for the final. He was dropped on 85.

It was a complete performance by England.

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After England captain Morgan won the toss, India initially found runs hard to come against accurate bowling from Mark Wood (one for 30 in 10) and Willey, who were given some early assistance by overhead cloud cover. England had recognized a problem and resolved it, which is what good sides do. If he's playing Test cricket, I think it's a good move and English batsmen will struggle against him as he has got the variations and he's someone different.

Nor is beating India in a knock-out type situation as they managed at Headingley.

Hence, Dhawan would finally look to convert his start with the bat into a big one as this might probably be his last chance with the bat on this England tour.

Kuldeep's career-best figures of 6 for 25 allowed England to only score a modest 268 on good batting conditions. There was booing after every dot ball, a rare occurrence considering the huge fan base Dhoni enjoys around the cricketing globe. Iyer also gave a good account of himself in Port Elizabeth batting at number five.

"They are a really strong side, as we saw in periods [at Lord's], and particularly at Trent Bridge, so to beat them in series would be quite significant - very significant".

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