ENG v IND 2018: 2nd ODI – Joe Root century and England bowlers equalize the series at Lord’s

Virat Kohli completed his 1,000 runs against England and Dhoni completed his 300 catches in ODI.

David Willey scored his maiden ODI half-century | Getty

England and India played the second ODI of the three-match series at the historic Lord’s cricket ground in London, England. England was desperate to draw level in the series after India had won the first match at Nottingham by 5 wickets.

Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to bat first. Both the teams went in unchanged and Kohli mentioned that he would have bowled if he had won the toss. England openers Roy (40) and Jonny Bairstow (38) again gave them a brilliant start by adding 69 runs for the first wicket.

However, they again failed to read Kuldeep Yadav and fell to him in quick succession. However, Joe Root and Morgan negotiated Kuldeep and Chahal brilliantly, as they added 117 runs for the 3rd wicket. Morgan fell to Kuldeep for 53, while Pandya and Umesh Yadav accounted for Stokes (5) and Buttler (4).

The England team were looking like falling short of 300 once again, but Joe Root scored a brilliant 113 off 116 balls with 8 fours and 1 six and he was very capably aided by David Willey as he scored his first ODI fifty and remained unbeaten on 50 off 31 balls.

England managed to score 322/7 in 50 overs. Kuldeep was once again the pick of bowlers with 3/68.

Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli added 80 runs for the 4th wicket | Getty

India was looking at a stiff target on a Lord’s pitch that was holding the ball and was slowing by the minute. Rohit Sharma scored 15, before being cleaned up by Wood and Dhawan played well for his 36, again throwing his wicket away. KL Rahul went back to a duck off Plunkett to a brilliant one-handed catch by Buttler.

Virat Kohli scored 45 off 56 balls and Suresh Raina scored 46 off 63 and added 80 runs for the fourth wicket. But the England bowlers, both spinners, and quicks stifled the flow of runs and the run rate raised and both players were dismissed going for the runs. After that, it was a procession of wickets as Hardik went for 21 and despite Dhoni being there, the chase was out of India’s reach.

MS Dhoni scored 37 and during his innings, scored his 10,000th ODI run, making him the 4th Indian to reach that milestone.

Moeen Ali picked 1/42 in his 10 overs and Rashid also bowled perfectly well. Plunkett picked two wickets and bowled economically well. With this loss, went India’s chance to become world no.1 in ODI rankings.

With the series now equalized, both India and England will play for the series in the third match at Leeds.

ENG 322/7 (J ROOT 113; K YADAV 3/68) defeated IND 236 (S RAINA 46; L PLUNKETT 4/46) by 86 runs


By Jatin Sharma - 14 Jul, 2018

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