India vs England ODI: England following a debacle in the first ODI game against India suffers another blow. Skipper Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings sustained injuries during the first encounter in the One Day Internationals against India.
Team India made a strong comeback after English opener Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow stitched a scintillating opening partnership of 135 runs in mere 14 overs. With the wicket of Jason Roy, Indian bowlers started to pressurise the English side and the visitors couldn’t hold it to a perfect start by the openers.
India won the game by 66 runs and went up in the series 1-0.
During the first innings, English skipper Eoin Morgan split his webbing between his right thumb and index finger. He went off the field and required four stitches to cover it up. In another incident, Sam Billings sustained a shoulder injury while fielding in the boundary rope.
As per the reports from the English camp, Billings injured his collarbone as he tried to save a boundary with an awkward dive.
“We’re going to wait 48 for hours and see how it is…give as much time as needed to hopefully be available for Friday,” Morgan said at the post-match interaction.
Morgan scored 22 runs in 30 balls, playing with the injury while Sam Billings 18 off 22 balls. However, this was not enough to cover the damage done by the Indian bowlers by then.
Sam Billings had to miss out on the 2019 ICC ODI World Cup campaign for England as he dislocated his left shoulder.
“I haven’t spoken with Sam about his batting so I don’t know in his instance… In mine, it’s never going to be at 100 per cent but it’s not that I can’t hold a bat,” Morgan said.
England are one down in the three games ODI series. Although all the teams will focus primarily on T20 cricket as the World Cup is approaching. England skipper earlier indicated that the ongoing ODI series could open the doors for the fringe players who didn’t get enough opportunities in the previous T20I series.
Morgan further said that the management will give chances to the new players in this series which means Matt Parkinson, Reece Topley and uncapped Liam Livingston could make their way in the playing 11.