Krunal Pandya and Prasidh Krishna delivered stellar debut performances as India beat England by 66 runs in the first ODI in Pune on Tuesday.
With a Test and T20I series win already under the belt, the hosts were hoping to start on the front foot against the 50-over world champions.
Opener Shikhar Dhawan fell two runs short of a century as India made a steady start with the bat. Virat Kohli batted well for his 56 before KL Rahul and Krunal Pandya struck India into a commanding position towards the end of the innings.
The pair smacked 112 runs off 61 deliveries with both players surpassing their respective half-centuries. The partnership proved vital and helped the home side post 317-5 in their allotted 50 overs.
Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow responded in style by racing to a 135-run stand for England’s opening wicket. Krishna, though, began to work his magic with the ball, while Shardul Thakur sent Bairstow packing for 94.
The visitors’ middle order struggled in contrast as regular wickets began to fall, hampering England’s chances of victory.
Krishna picked up 4-54, while Thakur claimed 3-37 as England were dismissed for 251.