India need 207 runs to seal the Royal London ODI series with a match still in hand. With an eye on the ODI series, India began their hunt in the fourth ODI at Edgbaston in the best possible way. After Putting England into bat, Bhuvneshwar ensured that the road for the hosts won’t be smooth as he troubled the batsmen with his movement. His double strikes pegged back the English batsmen in the initial overs.

First, he removed Ales Hales with a beauty of a delivery that pitched outside off and sumg back to hit the middle. In the very same over, he had skipper Alastair Cook caught at slips by Raina. Mohammed Shami too joined the part soon when he had Gary Ballance caught by Ajinkya Rahane at covers.

Joe Root and Eoin Morgan steadied the innings in the middle overs and put on a 80 run partnership for the fourth wicket before a new disease called Reversesweep-O-closis hit the batsmen. Both Morgan and Root got out in quick succession courtesy reverse sweep against Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina respectively.

Moeen Ali, who replaced James Tredwell in this match, batted fluently for his 50 ball 67 and got out to R Ashwin inthe slog overs. He shared an important 50 run partnership with Jos Buttler who was unlucky to get plumb in front to Shami. Indian bowlers cleaned the English tail and bundled the hosts for 206 in just under 50 overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the pick of the Indian bowlers with 2-14 in 8 overs apart from Shami who chipperd in with 3-28.

Dhawal Kulkarni made his ODI debut as he replaced Mohit Sharma and for the hosts, Harry Gurney, Moeen Ali and Gary Ballance came in for Ian Bell, Ben Stokes and James Tredwell.


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