India defeated England by 10 wickets on Tuesday in the first ODI of the three-match series at the Oval in London. After opting to bowl, the Indian pacers – Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami – took the match to the English batters, taking six and three wickets respectively. As a result, England were eliminated for a paltry total of 110 in 25.2 overs. In response, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma counterattacked, hitting 7 fours and 5 sixes en route to an unbeaten 76 of 58 deliveries.
During the chase, Rohit became only the first Indian batter, and fourth overall, to hit 250 sixes in ODI’s.
Only Pakistani Shahid Afridi, West Indian Chris Gayle and Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya have hit more sixes than the Indian skipper in the 50-over format.
Most sixes in ODIs
Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) – 351
Chris Gayle (West Indies) – 331
Sanath Jayausuriya (Sri Lanka) – 270
Rohit Sharma (India) – 250*
MS Dhoni (India) – 229
Among the active cricketers, New Zealander Martin Guptill is second behind Rohit with 184, while England captain Jos Buttler is third with 144 sixes.
In the first ODI, Bumrah recorded his best career figures of 6 to 19 in ODIs as India took a 1-0 lead in the series.
Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan (31 of 54) stitched an undefeated partnership of 114 as India chased the total without a hitch.
The second ODI will be played in the Lord’s on Thursday.
India had previously won the three-match T20I series 2-1, having won the first two matches in full.
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