Live: England vs India first ODI | England openers give steady start

England’s last bilateral series’ defeat came in India in January 2017, with only a freak one-off loss to Scotland in the interim.

 

On a high after an impressive Twenty20 series win, an upbeat India will eye another dominant performance against England in a three-match ODI series, which can be termed as a ‘dry run’ ahead of next year’s World Cup.

With the tournament scheduled to be held in UK next year, the ODI series will give Virat Kohli an ideal opportunity to get a drift about the conditions that his men are expected to encounter at exactly same time next year.

England has been one of the finest sides in recent times and India will have its task cut out against a batting line-up comprising Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan. Add Ben Stokes to it and England bears a formidable look.

England’s last bilateral series’ defeat came in India in January 2017, with only a freak one-off loss to Scotland in the interim.

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