it was a game over 100 that didn’t even last 44 – and England were beaten, continuing Jos Buttler’s awkward captaincy start.
England were scolded for 110, which India chased without losing a wicket. It was 77 out of 57 for skipper Rohit Sharma in the chase, but it was Jasprit Bumrah’s genius that beat England. He took six for 19 as England were routed first.
England were also well beaten in the T20 series, with India winning at the Ageas Bowl and Edgbaston, before resting their bowling attack at Trent Bridge and still closing in on a victory. England’s stick was strengthened here, after a short rest after the test, but India’s bowling was still too good.
It was quickly clear that winning the toss and bowling, as Rohit did, was a huge boon. The pitch had a tint of green and on a wet south London day there was a lot of zip on the surface and movement in the air. India, in Bumrah and Mohammad Shami, had only the bowlers to enjoy.
England’s departure was shamelessly disastrous – and things have barely improved. England recorded four ducks, all in the top six, and achieved their lowest ODI tally in eight years (and lowest ever against India). It took a lower-order recovery to even get them to 110, and their only six were hit by No. 11 Reece Topley.
Without the retired Eoin Morgan, of course, England’s fearsome batting order was reunited for the first time since the World Cup final three years ago. Jason Roy (five-ball), Joe Root (two) and Ben Stokes (one) all ducked, while Jonny Bairstow limped at seven. Morgan’s replacement Liam Livingstone also made an ugly eight-ball duck , and suddenly England were 26 to five.
Bumrah was the architect of their downfall, producing a five-for-four-for-nine opening spell that included five wides and a dropped hold from Moeen Ali (over nothing, naturally). It was a prodigious spell, picking up Roy and Root in his first, Bairstow in his third and Livingstone in his fourth. Livingstone’s was the most desperate shot, thrown behind his legs and across the offside.
Meanwhile, Shami has found a beauty to cross Stokes. It was Rishabh Pant who dropped Moeen on the side of the leg, but he took a few catches brilliantly from Stokes and Bairstow.
Buttler came seven-for-three and was off with a pair of limits. He held England together for some time, scoring 30 points and doubling the score with Moeen. But they fell in quick succession from one side to the other of the glasses to really cook the English goose. First Moeen was caught and booked by Prasidh Krishna (it was a surprise this hadn’t happened sooner), then Buttler took the short boundary – but hit the wind – and was caught on the Shami fence.
Shami’s second spell was even better than the first. After picking up Buttler, he powered one through Craig Overton’s defenses to leave England reeling at 68 for eight, still 18 shy of their lowest ever ODI score set 21 years ago. against Australia.
David Willey and Brydon Carse helped them avoid that and took them past 100. But Bumrah’s comeback caused the innings to end. He pitched both men and, despite Topley’s six, the innings were over two balls past the halfway mark.
Full England would not have defended 111 – and they are far from full, with Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood and Adil Rashid, to name but a few, absent. The chase was therefore a formality.
Bairstow missed a run from close range on the first ball and Rohit, who threw five sixes, quickly flew off. Shikhar Dhawan followed in his wake and the game ended at 5 p.m., well before the lights were required and just four hours after the game had started.