England comfortably won the match by __ runs © Getty Images
England comfortably won the match by __ runs © Getty Images

England, just like the T20I series have bounced back strongly in the second ODI against India  at Lord’s, London. The host comfortably won the match by 86 runs by bowling India out to level the series. Liam Plunkett starred with the ball for them picking up 4 for 46 with an impressive economy of 4.60. He picked the important wickets of KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and Siddarth Kaul to hand England victory.

India got off to a steady start scoring 49 within 9 overs. Shikhar Dhawan was looking in good touch and finding the boundary often. Rohit Sharma on the other hand was failing to get the ball away, trying to open up he missed the off-cutter by Mark Wood as the ball disturbed the stumps behind. Dhawan in pursuit of scoring quick runs did not control his square cut off David Willey as Ben Stokes at backward point took a good low catch.  Rahul who did not get a lot to bat in the ODI series got out on a duck to Punkett. He found an inside edge with Jos Buttler taking a brilliant low diving catch behind the stumps.

Virat Kohli (45) and Suresh Raina (46) steadied the innings for India adding 80 runs to the fifth wicket partnership. Kohli was playing well and cruising towards another chasing record but fell for Moeen Ali in the 27th over. Kohli was caught in the crease with the ball turning in from outside off. This was majorly the point where the match turned in England’s favour. Raina was bowled off Adil Rashid trying to go for a big shot.

Hardik was struggling to get the ball away as he was dismissed in the 39th over to  Plunkett. It was a wide ball on the leg side which Hardik nicked it and Buttler did not make any mistake. Umesh Yadav who came in next was soon stumped to Adil Rashid for a duck. It was all upto Dhoni from here on, but he couldn’t do much with changing partners and climbing run rate. Meanwhile, he completed 10,000 ODI runs in the process. However, he was dismissed by Plunkett in the 47th over when he was caught by Ben Stokes at cow corner. In the same over he got the wicket of Kual on 1 which was reviewed by him but result remained unchanged. Yuzvendra Chahal showed some intent in the end overs but it was too late by then. He was out on the last ball of the match off Willey caught at long on.

The England bowlers were spot-on today with their line and length. Apart from Plunkett, Adil picked up 2 for 38 and finished with the best economy rate of 3.80. Ben Stokes was the only bowler who failed to pick up a wicket. No bowler had economy over 7.

In the first innings, Joe Root smashed his 12th ODI hundred to take England to a good score. Like every match Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy gave a good start to the innings but fell to Kuldeep Yadav. Kuldeep again was the star with the bowl picking 3 for 68 but he got no company from other bowlers.

Brief Scores

England 322 for 7 in 50 overs [Joe Root 113*(116), Eoin Morgan 53(51), David Willey 50(31); Kuldeep Yadav 10-0-68-3] defeat India 236 all out [Virat Kohli 45(56), Suresh Raina 46(63); Liam Plunkett 10-146-4] by 86 runs.