A Double Blow For Sports In England, After Football Its Now Cricket!

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New Delhi:England sports received a double blow within 24 hours as after their defeat in the football world cup India added to their agony with a crushing eight-wicket win in cricket.

While the football heroes went down in a blaze of glory in Russia, fighting till the final whistle against Croatia, it was abject surrender by their cricketers at their bastion, Trent Bridge, in the opening One-day international.

Led by inspired performances from left-arm spinner KuldeepYadav and opener Rohit Sharma, India routed the hosts to go one-up in the three-match series.

After Kuldeep again exposed England players’ limitations against spin bowling to bundle them out for 268, Rohit Sharma lit up the arena with a stroke-filled 137 (114 balls; 15 fours, 4 sixes).

He cashed in on the easy conditions to add 167 runs with skipper ViratKohli (74, 82 balls) in an entertaining second-wicket partnership and made light of the chase. It was Rohit’s second successive hundred, after the sublime unbeaten 100 in the T20 game at Bristol on Sunday.

It was a day when nothing went right for the England team.

The England openers, Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy put the new ball bowlers under pressure with a whirlwind 73-run partnership in 10.2 overs. But Kuldeep came up with a repeat show of his opening act in the T20 series at Old Trafford — where he got five wickets — to again terrorise the batsmen with his bag of tricks to claim a six-wicket haul (10-0-25-6).

It was an embarrassing batting effort from Eoin Morgan’s men with only Jos Buttler shining. Once he was out for 53, the rest of the innings caved in.

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