2nd ODI: England Win by 6 Wickets, Equalise Series 1-1
Live updates from the India vs England second ODI at Pune on Friday.
A 117-ball 175-run second wicket partnership between Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes, during which the opener completed his 11th ODI century and Stokes made 99 runs, has helped England win the second ODI by 6 wickets and equalise the three match series 1-1.
Chasing India’s 337-run target, England were cruising at 281/1 in 35 overs, courtesy some big runs from the pair but India made three breakthroughs within 9 deliveries to peg things back and reduce the visitors to 288/4 in 37 overs.
However, the damage had been done and Liam Livingstone along with Dawid Malan ensured the victory was England’s.
Openers Jason Roy and Bairstow got England’s chase to a solid start, getting them past the 100-run mark by the 16th over. While both batters maintained a steady onslaught on the Indian bowlers from both ends of the crease, Jason Roy was the first to reach his half-century, his 19th in one-day cricket.
Jonny Bairstow hit Shardul Thakur for 15 runs in the 16th over and then followed it up with a six off the first ball of Kuldeep Yadav’s 17th over, to also complete his half century. But just two deliveries later, a run out gave India the first breakthrough of the innings, Roy out on 55 with England’s score at 110/1 in 16.3 overs.
Bairstow then had Ben Stokes for company and the two batters blasted the Indian bowlers with Bairstow smashing Kuldeep Yadav for a six on the first ball of the 31st over to get to his century.
Ben Stokes too raced towards his ton, scoring 99 runs off just 52 deliveries before falling to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, one run short of his landmark. England were reduced to 285/2 in 35.2 overs with two more big wickets falling in the next nine deliveries.
Prasidh Krishna first got the wicket of Bairstow, on 124, caught by Virat Kohli and then just three balls later, he got stand-in captain Jos Buttler out on a duck.
Dawid Malan and Liam Livingstone then took charge of the chase and ensured the team got past the finish line and stayed alive in the series.
Earlier, KL Rahul’s fifth ODI century and half centuries from Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant helped India post 336/6 after England won the toss and elected to bat first.
After Rohit and Shikhar lost their wickets early, Virat and KL Rahul’s solid 121-run stand helped get India past the 150-run mark, before the Indian skipper lost his wicket to Adil Rashid. Virat had made 66 runs off 79 deliveries before clipping a Rashid delivery that was caught-behind by stand-in English captain Jos Buttler.
After Kohli's dismissal, Rishabh Pant and Rahul added 113 runs for the fourth wicket in less than 13 overs. Pant hammered seven sixes and three fours, scoring at a strike rate of 192.5.
Towards the end, Hardik Pandya chipped in with 35 off 16 balls (4x6s, 1x4) to take India to their eventual score.
Morgan Injured, Buttler Captaining
Jos Buttler is captaining England in place of Eoin Morgan who has been ruled out of the series due to an injury.
The stand-in captain won the toss and elected to bowl first. ‘We're going to bowl for similar reasons as in the last game. We played good cricket for large parts of the last game, but let ourselves down in the end,’ he said.
Kohli said India wanted to bat first anyway. "We actually wanted to bat again, conditions play a big part. If you are intense and looking for wickets and you're aggressive, you can come back (even given the way England play). The development of a team is all about that, you have to be ready to do whatever happens in the toss," said Kohli.
England have made three changes to their XI with Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone and Reece Topley coming in for Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings and Mark Wood who has been rested.
India are playing Rishabh Pant in place of Shreyas Iyer who injured his shoulder in the series-opener and is likely to be out of action for over a month.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna.
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler(w/c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley
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