7th over: England 47-0 (Roy 23, Bairstow 22) It is Roy’s turn to dominate, meatier than Bairstow, less fluent, just as devastating. First a thick outside-edge down to the boundary, then a clever shot through the vacant third man. Ten from the over.
6th over: England 37-0 (Roy 14, Bairstow 21) Siddarth has an expensive over from the Ratcliffe Road end. Bairstow is looking devastating, hits Siddarth on the up through the off side for four, repeats it slightly straighter next ball but just gets the single - his first run that isn’t a boundary. Then Roy joins in with a huge bat-whafting, tip-toeing four though the off side.
Some statty stuff: since the last world cup England have won 46 ODIs, lost 19, India won 39, lost 19 - the only two teams to have won more than 2 x the games they’ve lost. Hope that scans.
5th over: England 26-0 (Roy 8, Bairstow 16) Roy keeps driving, keeps failing to get past India’s first line of defence. He punches one past Yadav on his follow-through, oooosh, it catches him hard on the side of his left hand. A potential caught and bowled if you were feeling particularly vindictive. Bairstow is seeing the ball better, tickles the last ball of the over round his legs down to the boundary.
4th over: England 21-0 (Roy 7, Bairstow 12) Skiddy Siddarth keeps things tight, one ball keeps a little low, another bounces unevenly, and England struggle to pierce the inner ring. Kohli fiddling with his slip cordon -wider, closer, one slip, two.
3rd over: England 20-0 (Roy 6, Bairstow 12) Forget what I said about a slow start, Bairstow has other ideas. He off-drives Yadav for a glorious four, and the next ball betters it with a superlative back-foot punch to the cover-boundary.
A satorial suggestion from Nuggehalli Nigam “How do we get the English public interested in this game after the football mania? Perhaps Shastri should wear a waistcoat and look pensive?”
2nd over: England 11-0 (Roy 5, Bairstow 4) Siddarth Kaul, pink headband, left ear-stud, fancy, is on the money until the fifth ball, which Bairstow pulls with a angled bat to the boundary. A slow start by England standards.
1st over: England 6-0 (Roy 4, Bairstow 0) A mixed bag from the ponytailed Yadav. The first ball is full, Roy edges and the ball flies past first slip down to the boundary for four. Then an away-swinger beats a static Bairstow. A wide. Then a huge appeal, high and straight against Bairstow - but India decide not to appeal. Hawkeye though, says out.
And we’re off, through the tunnel of flags, out onto dry, dry Trent Bridge.
England: Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
I’ve just seen a man walking across the outfield in a waterproof jacket, which suggests that the weather has toned down its attitude for the occasion. But expect runs aplenty: last time England batted here they knocked up a mammoth 481 for 6. In fact Trent Bridge is one of their very favourite grounds, the last time they lost an ODI here was in 2014 when India beat them by six wickets.
Virat Kohli wins the toss and will bowl first. He oozes confidence out in the middle. “It looks like a pretty hard pitch, we’ve chased well so far... we back ourselves to bowl first.”
Eoin Morgan confirms that he would have done the same.
Hello sore heads and none, and welcome to the first of the three-match ODI series between England and India. Today we’re at Trent bridge - where local boy Alex Hales is out with a side injury (though he would have been left out anyway) and Dawid Malan has been called up as cover. Joe Root - one half-century in six ODI innings this summer - is back after his turn carrying the drinks in last IT20 game. Ben Stokes is back too, batting at No.5, despite being very light on bowling. Mark Wood returns.
India are without the injured Jasprit Bumrah, but with the wrist-spin wizards Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. England have been practising against Merlyn - we wait to see how that has gone.Continue reading...