England beat India by 86 runs in second ODI

England beat India by 86 runs in second ODI

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England beat India by 86 runs in the second ODI and level the three-game-match series (1-1). Indian batsmen failed miserably in run-chase and with this win England came back to the series.

Started batting with a winning target of 323, Indian Innings ended at 236, with a gaping shortage of 86 runs. Indian captain Virat Kohli blamed the pitch for India's disgraceful debacle. "The pitch got slower in the second innings and adds that once you lose three wickets early, it gets difficult to chase a stiff target on such a wicket", Kohli said.

India made a decent start as the Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan put up a 49-run partnership. Once the Rohit threw his wicket away, two quick wickets lost. After that, Captain Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina tried to build up a partnership with an 80-run stand. But both soon got out. This put other batters under pressure. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid bowled superbly and did not allow the Indian tail end batsmen to settle. Eventually, the Indian innings ended in a poor 236.

This time India’s spinners were not effective against England batsmen, especially Joe Root who made a spectacular knock of 113. Roots century came from 116 balls including 8 fours and a six and was run out in the last ball of the final over taking England towards a respectable total.

Joe Root, who later wins the man of the match said: "I think the impressive thing is we learned to adapt. We didn't just let them bowl at us".Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav again showed his magic and chipped in 3/68. English openers Jonny Bairstow 38 (31) and Jason Roy 30 (31) added 69 runs for their first wicket partnership.

For the third wicket partnership skipper Morgan 53 (51) and Joe Root 47 (48) played an important innings and added 103 runs.Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav was again at his best decimating three wickets with likes of Bairstow in 11th, Jason Roy 15th and skipper Eoin Morgan in 31st over.

Bairstow scored 38 of 31 balls with 5 fours and a six while Roy 40 in 42 balls hitting 4 and a six and Morgan chipped in half century 53 in 51 balls with 4 fours and a six. Stokes in 34th over was bowled by Hardik Pandya after being caught off by Dhoni. Stokes scored 5 off 8 balls.

Umesh Yadav who took wicket of Buttler in 37th over after being caught behind the stumps by Dhoni the former captain also took his 300th ODI catch. Buttler scored 4 off 7 balls.

In 42nd over it was Rohit Sharma who grabbed catch at deep midwicket of Moeen Ali in Chahal's spell. Ali's 13 came of in 16 balls with 1 four. (With UNI input)