Heather Knight in action. ©ICC

India won the first ODI against England by 66 runs. Ekta Bisht toppled England’s lower order to register a 4 wicket haul. India took a 1-0 lead in the series while defending 202 at the Wankhede Stadium.

“It’s very frustrating and it’s obviously not the ideal start to the series. We need to reflect on our performance and come back with on Monday with renewed application and clear plans,” said Heather Knight, the captain of the England.

Natalie Sciver and Heather Knight put on a 79 run stand from where Knight went on to make an unbeaten 39, while her team tumbled at the other end.

“We were confident at the half-way stage that 202 was chase-able and when we had a partnership going with myself and Nat we felt reasonably well-placed to go on and do the job,” said Knight.

Knight replied that falling back has put a positive attitude in the team, “It wasn’t to be but we’re still in the series and we’ve made quite a habit of coming back into series after going 1-0 down. We did it in the World Cup in 2017 and we did it against South Africa last summer.”

“We’re proud of the resilience in this side and we’ll need to display that as the series progresses,” she concluded.

England will play India on February 25. They will be fighting for their first ever series win against India in India as also, for the ICC ODI Championship points to elevate them from the seventh position. India will look to continue their momentum in the second game to win the series.

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