England collapsed from 135-0 to 251 all out chasing India’s 317-5, as the hosts won the opening ODI by 66 runs.
India themselves had a wobble during their innings as they went from 169-1 to 205-5 but recovered to make over 300.
England won the toss in the first of three ODI’s and elected to put India in to bat.
England get the wicket of dangerman Sharma
The hosts lost their opening wicket when the dangerous Rohit Sharma(28) edged behind off Ben Stokes.
Virat Kohli- who was back to his best form in the recent T20 series- added 105 for the second wicket with Shikhar Dhawan. It was down to Mark Wood to stem the flow of runs when the Durham seamer had Kohli(56) caught at deep square leg.
Wood bagged the wicket of Shreyas Iyer(6) as India reached 187-3 in the 35th over.
Dhawan falls short of a century
Dhawan fell two short of his century when he pulled Stokes straight to midwicket. Stokes then had Hardik Pandya(1) caught at slip as England were right back in the game.
However, not for the first time a big partnership dug India out of trouble and on to a winning total. KL Rahul and Krunal Panda put on a stand of 112 with Rahul hitting an unbeaten 62 off 43 balls. Panda was the more explosive hitter of the two when he smashed 58 off 31 balls on his international debut with seven fours and two six’s.
England’s reply starts off strongly
England’s reply in the shape of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow got the visitors off to a blistering start.
After ten overs they had put on 89 runs. By the time Roy(46) fell caught at point off Prasidh Krishna the openers had posted 135 on the board.
Prasidh dealt England another blow when Stokes(1) chipped to extra cover. Meanwhile, Bairstow was looking likely to get to a century, but fell six runs short after holing out in the deep.
England suffer mid innings collapse
England’s collapse started when captain Eoin Morgan(22)-who was dropped on nought- edged Shardul Thakur behind. Two balls later Thakur trapped Jos Buttler(2) lbw to leave England 176-5 at the half way stage.
By the time Sam Billings(18) chipped to extra cover India sensed victory and that duly came quickly. Despite a fighting 30 from Moeen, England fell well short of their target as India went 1-0 up in the best of three series.
England will be looking for swift revenge when the two sides meet again in Pune on Thursday for the second ODI.