England vs. India : 2nd ODI Review- England back to level terms after comprehensive victory


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England rose to the occasion at the Lord’s after defeating the visitors by a comfortable margin of 86 runs. After electing to bat first, the hosts got off to a good start courtesy of the in-form Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy.

The spin twins, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav managed to bring back India into the game with wickets at regular intervals. England’s Joe Root and Eoin Morgan stitched up a crucial partnership before the skipper departed for 53.

Root’s affair with Lord’s continued after bringing up yet another hundred at the venue. A whirlwind knock by all-rounder David Willey helped the Three Lions stack up a total of 322-7.

India’s pace department yet again felt the absence of the white-ball regulars Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, as Siddharth Kaul and Umesh Yadav struggled to hold their areas.

The Blues began their chase on a positive note, but the quick dismissals of the openers mounted pressure on the middle order. The English bowlers took advantage of the renowned Lord’s slope and troubled the Indian batsman over the innings.

The Indian middle order failed to build partnership and eventually collapsed to a total of 236, to bring the series on level terms with a game to go.

Brief Scorecard:

England 322-7 (50 Overs); J.Root 113(116), E.Morgan 53(51), D.Willey 50(31)* ;K.Yadav 3-68

India 236 all out (50 overs); S.Raina 46(63), V.Kohli (56); L.Plunkett 4-46, A.Rashid 2-38

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