England were clinical in their performance against India in the second ODI. Their well executed plans helped them win the game by a massive 86 runs.
Having won the toss, Eoin Morgan decided to bat first. Once again the openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy were good at the top. However, Kuldeep Yadav once again removed the duo in quick succession and brought India back into the contest.
But Joe Root and Eoin Morgan ensured that India did not continue the momentum. They added 100 run partnership for the third partnership before the latter getting out for a well made fifty. England once again lost wickets in chunk and played into Indian bowlers hands.
On the other hand, Joe Root continued his knock from the other end and reached his 12th ODI hundred. David Willey’s quick fire 50 from just 31 balls in slog overs propelled England’s score to 322/7 in 50 overs. Kuldeep yadav once again managed three wickets in his spell but was a tad expensive.
Asked to chase 323, India lost three wickets inside powerplay overs. In form Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan along with KL Rahul have all fell as England clawed their way into the game. But Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina fought hard in the middle and added 80 run stand for the fourth wicket.
Once the duo were dismissed, MS Dhoni could not handle the pressure and quality of English bowlers. He played a very sluggish and slow knock despite the run rate creeping up. With no help from the other end, India were beaten comprehensively in the second ODI against England.
Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina made 45, 46 respectively in Indian innings while England spinners proved to be difference on the day. Adil Rashid was particularly impressive with his spell as he kept runs tight and took 2 crucial wickets.
Speaking after the game, Virat Kohli said: “I think we started off well with the bat, it was a good wicket to play on. Did slow up in the second half but when we lost wickets early, that’s where we lost it a bit. You need wickets in hand during such chases, so when you lose early wickets, it’s tough to recover.
“These are games where you test the character of the guys, obviously Bumrah and Bhuvi have done it for long but it’s nice to test the character of the guys. Crucial to back the guys ahead. Those three wickets early on played a massive part. But both Moeen and Rashid sensed the opportunity, they are good bowlers and created pressure.
“If we hadn’t lost early wickets, we might have been able to attack them more. This thing comes up whenever he (Dhoni) doesn’t have a good day. People just wait to jump on him. On days when things don’t work, it can happen and immediately, people jump on him. Today was a bad day for all of us, not just him.”