The series is also a fight for the top spot in ODI rankings as a 3-0 win for India will provide them top rank in ODI team rankings, which is now held by England. They were never in the game in the second half as Virat Kohli and Rohit put on a 167-run partnership.
The 27-year-old was left out in favour of Alex Hales at Bristol as England were beaten by seven wickets, Rohit Sharma's unbeaten century guiding India to a seven-wicket victory with eight balls to spare. England whitewashed Australia 5-0 in their ODI series last month, which included a world record total of 481 on this ground in Nottingham.
Indian opener Rohit Sharma belted an unbeaten 137 as they thrashed England in the first ODI in Nottingham.
It is the World Cup next summer that will concern England this morning after Kuldeep's initial burst claimed three wickets and his his return for his last three overs likewise, limiting them to 268 all out.
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Kohli, after the match, said that Kuldeep's spell was the best he has seen in an ODI for a while and hailed the left-arm chinaman as a matchwinner for his team.
"It was tactical - we couldn't get a wicket, so I was chopping and changing trying to get a wicket, or find a wicket, trying to be as unpredictable as we could, but it didn't work", he added. India's ODI series in England can be considered an important step towards preparing for 2019 Cricket World Cup, which is scheduled in England and Wales. "He is such a big asset to all three teams", he said. and with him firing hopefully throughout this series we will see some really strong performances from him and long term for England that is a really good thing", he said.
Having struggled against Kuldeep in a preceding 2-1 Twenty20 loss, England captain Eoin Morgan said his side had to improve their playing of spin ahead of Saturday's second ODI at Lord's. "Kuldeep had a pretty good day at the office". Along with Roy, the duo will like to take advantage of the Powerplay overs knowing fully well that some of the middle order batsmen including Test captain Joe Root and skipper Morgan himself are not exactly picking up Kuldeep's wrong 'uns. Four balls later, Bairstow was trapped lbw via DRS, failing to read the googly. Joe Root has been handed the responsibility of leading England Test side for a year since the 2017 series against South Africa. This was the 5th wicket for Kuldeep Yadav and a moment to savour for the young man, who was dropped in the 3rd T20I.
Buttler, caught down the leg side by MS Dhoni after reaching his 50 from 45 balls, had been Kuldeep's fourth. When guys are not going hard at them, they have 10 overs and they know they have something to comeback and have the skill to do it. Kuldeep was outstanding.