India’s batting performance in the second ODI defeat to England, according to former England captain Michael Vaughan, will leave them very unhappy (July 14).
At Lord’s, Rohit Sharma’s team fell short by 100 runs in their attempt to chase down 247, levelling the series at 1-1 going into the penultimate ODI.
India once more made quick work of the formidable English batting order after choosing to bowl first, eventually reducing them to 102/5. The lower order, headed by Moeen Ali (47) and David Willey (41) mounted a comeback, bringing the hosts back into the contest.
Really Poor Batting Display By India: Michael Vaughan
After losing half of their team in 20 overs, India was in trouble at 73/5. Throughout the whole pursuit, they never appeared at ease, and in the end, they fell far short of the goal.
Michael Vaughan stated on Cricbuzz that the Men In Blue will not be thrilled with their performance in the second innings:
“That was a really poor batting display, all those names in the batting line-up and none got past 30. They will be in that dressing room, saying ‘that was a really poor effort of a chase.’ Full credit to the bowlers, they bowled fantastically well.”
Reece Topley and the English bowlers made a great job of dislodging the Indian batting order. The collapse started with Rohit Sharma’s 10-ball duck as they continued their pursuit without any viable partnerships to build the innings.
Zaheer Khan Surprised By India’s Batting Collapse
In the same interview, veteran pacer Zaheer Khan said: “I didn’t anticipate the in-form Indian batting to disintegrate in such a way.”
“[I] Did not really expect a collapse from the in-form batting unit. Anywhere around 240 runs, you would fancy your chances. It is just about putting partnerships together and I think India failed to do that.”
“A lot has to be spoken about how English bowlers came onto bowl today with intent. It all boils down to how you start your innings.”
This was Jos Buttler’s first ODI victory after being named the permanent captain of the white ball. Topley received the Player of the Match award for his historically high 6/24 figures.
The Wicket Was Suprisingly Playing Different: Zaheer Khan
Given the threat posed by the Indian batting order, England’s 246-run total at the midway point appeared to be insufficient. But the new ball combo of Willey and Topley immediately put the Men in Blue in trouble with some tight bowling.
Zaheer Khan commended the England bowling unit’s performance during the powerplay.
“You have to appreciate the way with which the England bowlers started the innings. Two maiden overs at the start really set the tone. David Willey also bowled really well on this surface.”
The former Indian pacer added:
“The wicket was surprisingly playing different, there was definitely a visible difference, but still, it looked like a surface where you would fancy India chasing down the total.”
English Bowling Attack Delivered Magnificently: Michael Vaughan
In place of Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, and Mark Wood, the hosts England played a second-string bowling line. They lost the first ODI by 10 wickets without taking a single wicket, but they stepped up at Lord’s.
Regarding England’s outstanding bowling, Michael Vaughan added:
“I don’t think Buttler had to do a great deal. When the ball is behaving and the bowlers are delivering, it’s a captain’s dream. You just keep swapping the seamers.”
“Every seamer did his job, Reece Topley got the wickets, but I thought all four of England’s seamers were very very good. This bowling attack that England have on paper looks only okay, but they delivered magnificently.”
Old Trafford in Manchester will host the third and final one-day international of the series on Sunday (July 17).