Stokes previous slowest one-day global 50 came off 63 balls but this one took him all of 102 deliveries to give him the unwanted and unlikely honour of scoring England's slowest 50-over half-century in 13 years.
Preview: Fresh from their Twenty20 International (T20I) series win, an upbeat India will be eyeing to continue with the momentum when they take on England in the first of the three-match One-Day International (ODI) rubber at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
In the opening ODI, spin can be the key factor as the Trent Bridge ground will be drier than normal.
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"In the game at Cardiff, a low-scoring game, the idea of him going in when he did [at No.3] was to rotate the strike, knock it around and get you close to winning the game". Although England has the home advantage in the series, India is high on confidence due to their victory in T20I series.
Root's role in T20 cricket has come under inadvertent scrutiny in recent months, partly as a effect of his huge importance to England's fortunes in the longer formats. The limited overs mantle stays with Eoin Morgan.
It is a reputation built on fearless, attacking cricket that has seen England win 46 out of 69 ODIs since a disastrous 2015 World Cup. However, on the other hand, English spinner Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali, who destroyed the mighty Australians in the recently concluded ODI series, should find things harder against India's strong batting line-up that include in-form Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and MS Dhoni. In List A matches, five 400+ scores have been hit at this venue and England have done so twice in global cricket here.
In stark contrast to India's inspired bowling effort, the England players bowled like profligate billionaires, allowing India an easy start to their innings.
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Rahul scored a 70 against Ireland and followed it by an unbeaten 101 against England in the first T20.
Earlier, the match started with Jason Roy (38) and Jonny Bairstow (38) launching into Umesh Yadav and debutant Siddarth Kaul with a flurry of boundaries. He along with Yuzvendra Chahal have managed the middle overs with so much authority. If Bhuvneshwar Kumar recovers from the stiff back, he will be sharing the new ball with Umesh Yadav.
Both the teams have been in good form in the ODIs. Since 2016, the English batsmen have raked up most number of runs when it comes to the 50-over format - 14,297 (1,533 runs more than the second highest team). Their last bilateral series' defeat came in India in January 2017, with only a freak one-off loss to Scotland in the interim. The stage is set for a mouth-watering opener.
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