Left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav has been a sensation for India in the recent past if we take a look at the limited-overs cricket. He has spun a web around the English batters and they are unable to find a way to play against his variations and guile.
Before the second One-day International, Kuldeep had already picked 11 wickets in three matches. Kuldeep was expected to play a big role even at Lord’s on Saturday (July 14). He didn’t disappoint and bagged both the openers in the form of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow at the iconic stadium.
However, England speedster James Anderson feels that he hasn’t bowled particularly in this match so far given the standards he has set.
England surprisingly opted to bat first after winning the toss. It was a similar sort of a start which they got in Nottingham. Bairstow struck some exceptional shots anticipating that the introduction of Kuldeep might stem down the run flow.
Kuldeep castled Bairstow in his second delivery and a repeat of Nottingham was feared by the English crowd. Roy also followed him back to the pavilion in the very next over as England were reduced to 86 for two.
Anderson, however, feel that Kuldeep hasn’t been at his best in the second ODI so far. He has bowled many full tosses and even bagged the wicket of Eoin Morgan owing to a high full-toss. It was a ball meant to be smashed out of the ground. However, Shikhar Dhawan took a comfortable catch in the deep.
James Anderson analysed the game live on BBC
“I don’t think Kuldeep has bowled particularly well, considering the previous standards we have seen from him,” Anderson while analysing the game live on BBC.
Kuldeep was removed from the attack. Kohli decided to bring back the pacers and it was an immediate reward for Kohli. Hardik Pandya bagged the wicket of Ben Stokes while Umesh Yadav removed Jos Buttler.
England has currently put on 322 on the board. Joe Root registering a brilliant hundred followed by a magnificent half-century from David Willey.
However, the Indian bowlers overall bowled really well to keep the dominant English batting quiet for the most half of the game.