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Kuldeep's 6/25 helps India restrict England to 268

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Kuldeep Yadav's (6/25) heroic bowling effort helped India restrict England to a moderate 268 runs in 49.5 overs in the first match of the three-ODI series at Trent Bridge here on Thursday.
 
Despite a deep batting line-up, the hosts succumbed before Kuldeep, who emerged with his best ODI figures at a batting-friendly Nottingham wicket.
 
It was Ben Stokes (50) and Jos Buttler (53), who showed some resistence against the visiting bowling attack to push their side to a fighting total.
 
Put in to bat, England were off to a decent start as openers Jason Roy (38) and Jonny Bairstow (38) forged a 73-run partnership for the opening wicket before Kuldeep drew first blood, dismissing the former in the 11th over.
 
With just eight runs added on England's scorecard, Kuldeep struck again to pack back incoming Joe Root (3).
 
The wrist-spinner made England's situation worse when he sent back Bairstow, who was caught before the wicket, leaving the hosts reeling at 82/3.
 
Skipper Eoin Morgan then tried to nurse their innings with Stokes before he became a victim of Yuzvendra Chahal in the 20th over leaving the hosts at 105/4.
 
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Stokes and Buttler then forged a 93-run stand as England inched towards the 200-run mark before Kuldeep shot another bullet in oppostion's line-up. The spinner scalped his fourth victim as he dismissed Buttler with England's scorecard readng 198/5.
 
As England managed to another 16 runs to their score, Kuldeep gave another jolt to the hosts after sending back Stokes in the 45th over.
 
There was no stopping Kuldeep as he sent David Wiley back to the dressing room in the same over after the batsman had contributed just one run.
 
Before falling down to Umesh Yadav, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid chipped in with 24 and 22 runs, respectively, while Liam Plunkett contributed with 10 runs to take their side to a competitive total.
 
Apart from Kuldeep, Umesh bagged a couple of wickets leaking 70 runs from his 9.5 overs.
 
Brief scores: England 268 all out in 49.5 overs (Jos Buttler 53, Ben Stokes 50; Kuldeep Yadav 6/25)
 
IANS
 
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