Hosts England bounced back strongly in the 2nd ODI against India as they won the match quite convincingly by 86 runs to level the series 1-1. Joe Root was the top scorer for England with a brilliant century. The English bowlers were impressive as well as they defended the target of 323 with utmost comfort in the end.
It was the English skipper who won the toss and opted to bat first. It was a strange decision especially given the fact that India has been great chasing side in the recent past. The start for England was quite similar to that of the Nottingham ODI. Both Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow struck some exceptional shots to get going. They shared a 67 runs partnership for the opening which came in a shade over 10 overs.
Yet again it was Kuldeep Yadav who provided the maiden breakthrough in the form of Jason Roy’s wicket. Jonny Bairstow was also castled in the very next over. From there on it was Joe Root and skipper Eoin Morgan who shared a brilliant 103 runs partnership which got England back into the game. Root, in particular, bounced back pretty strongly after a few poor outings with the bat in hand.
Root smashes a brilliant century
The right-hander scored 113 runs of 116 deliveries which were studded with 8 fours and a six. David Willey provided the much-needed late impetus with a quickfire 50 of just 31 deliveries which were studded with 6 fours and a six. Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the Indian bowlers who finished with 3 wickets. The score of 322 was going to be a difficult chase for India. However, it was never an impossible target to chase.
The Indian openers began quite brilliantly with both Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan playing some delightful shots. Rohit in an attempt to up the ante was dismissed by Liam Plunkett. It was a horrendous shot from Rohit. Dhawan and KL Rahul were dismissed in quick succession as India were reduced to 60/3. Captain Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina shared a partnership of 80 runs.
However, just when Indian looked in command of proceedings, Kohli was dismissed by Moeen Ali. The ball kept a little low and it went on to him adjacent to the stump. Raina was also dismissed in quick succession as India were staring down the barrel. The wicket of Hardik Pandya put the final nail in the coffin as India could eventually make in their allotted 50 overs. MS Dhoni played a good hand but the consistent flow of wickets never allowed him to play his shots freely. Eventually, India fell 86 runs short of the target
Now here is what the winning skipper Eoin Morgan said at the post-match presentation
I thought we bounced back really well, similar to the T20I series. Learned from the first game and improved. This was a tougher surface to play on. Joe was excellent and the boys upfront were good too. The bowlers put on a clinical performance as well. It’s my home ground and it’s good that it paid off. The way he accumulates an innings and sets it up is excellent. He’s the glue of our batting. His batting has progressed this summer and it has had an effect on his bowling as well. His approach against top batsmen early on was impressive as well. Hopefully it should be. Hopefully we can produce a performance closer to today’s.