Coach explains Joe Root drop decision as India ODI Series looms

Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni

Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni

"I'm sure he was bitterly disappointed to be left out... but we all know Joe very well - he'll be spurred on by that and he'll do all he can to make sure he's ready come Thursday's game at Trent Bridge".

Rohit Sharma has struggled to score the runs in the first match of the T20I series. That England fell 25 short was down entirely to these wickets.

KL Rahul (19) came in and looked in the kind of form that brought him a century in the series opener at Old Trafford, only for a staggering catch from Chris Jordan, sprinting back from mid-on and diving, to cut his innings short.

However, India slowly brought themselves back into the match.

Captain Virat Kohli (43 off 29 balls) played his part with his authoritative strokeplay while Hardik Pandya, who shone with the ball earlier with a four-wicket haul, also made a significant contribution with the bat.

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At the halfway mark, India had fallen 11 runs behind what England had at the same time. The chinaman spinner had taken a career-best 5 for 24, including three in an over, to derail England's innings.

The pacers returned in the 11th over and Rohit wasted no time in pressing the accelerator. After a good day with the ball, Pandya was handed a promotion to No. 4 with India still 48 away, and he did not disappoint. This is an Indian side confident of taking a punt and going along with it. Ball was welcomed back with back to back boundaries, before Pandya ruined David Willey's figures by hitting him for a six and two more boundaries in a quick cameo.

While Root excelled for England in their run to the final of the 2016 World Twenty20, there are concerns about his recent lack of T20 experience: he has only played seven T20 matches since September 2016. Buttler was bowled heaving at Kaul Siddarth, while Roy edged a slower ball from debutant Deepak Chahar. But, he can thrash any bowling attack once he gets his form. At the end of the powerplay, thanks to Roy's blitzkrieg, England had already put on 73 without losing a wicket. Roy completed his half-century. Roy and Buttler stitched together 94-run partnership for the first wicket. Chahal was at the centre of it, bowling his four overs in the same stretch and putting a lid on England until Hales's consecutive fours eased off the pressure a tad.

At the halfway stage, England were 111/2 but Pandya then dented England's surge as Morgan top-edged a back of a length delivery which Dhoni smothered, clattering the stumps in his follow through, and Hales was caught behind.

Ganguly was also one of those who were surprised by the decision as he felt that England would not have managed 198 in Kuldeep's presence.

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