Eoin Morgan played a captain's knock but couldn't won the game © AFP
Eoin Morgan played a captain’s knock but couldn’t won the game © AFP

England lost by 15 runs, but had played better than what the margin shows in the second ODI in against India at Cuttack. Chris Woakes got three early breakthroughs, but Yuvraj Singh (150) and MS Dhoni (134) put up a mammoth partnership, taking India to 381 for 7. England went about the chase with remarkable calm, Jason Roy setting up the chase in company of Joe Root before Eoin Morgan came out to score an astonishing hundred. Moeen Ali got a brisk fifty as well and Liam Plunkett got valuable runs, but they fell short in the end. Nevertheless, they looked more dangerous than the first match at Pune, and they gave India serious scare till Morgan got run out.

How did the Englishmen do? Here are the marks out of 10 for them.

Eoin Morgan, 9: Not only did Morgan score one of the most outrageous hundreds one can come across, he did it without much fuss. He brought a chase of 382 alive till the end, and was perfectly justified in going for the single that resulted in his wicket. Loses half a point for unimaginative bowling changes.

Moeen Ali, 8.5: Moeen has remained curiously invisible with his performances throughout his career, and this was no exception. His 6-0-33-0 was the difference between a 381 and a 400. With bat, too, he did a spectacular job with a 43-ball 55, making sure the target never reached absurd proportion till he was around.

Chris Woakes, 8.5: For a while it seemed Woakes would run through the Indian innings, especially after he reduced India to 25 for 3, taking all 3 wickets himself. He took Yuvraj as well towards the end, once against stopping India from reaching that 400-mark. He finished with 10-3-60-4, and would certainly have got more points had he got some runs. 

Jason Roy, 8: Roy paced his innings beautifully, not losing his calm at any point during a 73-ball 82. He did not take undue risks and lofted the ball with ease, and looked at ease till he perished against Ravindra Jadeja.

Joe Root, 7: Root had scored a fifty in every Test earlier this winter, and has scored a fifty in each of the first 2 ODIs. However, with Roy at the other end, he was probably expected to drop anchor at one end; the slog to which he fell was unnecessary.

Liam Plunkett, 3: Plunkett took the crucial wickets of Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav, but his 9 overs went for 91. Gets a point for some good hits down the order.

David Willey, 2.5: Exactly why Morgan did not give Willey a bowl after 5-0-32-0 remains a mystery, especially after India’s middle-order carnage and the fact that Willey bowls left-handed. The fault was certainly not his.

Alex Hales, 2: Hales began on a high, hitting three quick boundaries, before falling cheaply. The dismissal slowed down Roy, and in the end delayed England’s onslaught.

Ben Stokes, 1.5: A lot was expected of Stokes during the chase, but he squandered it all, falling cheaply, that too after bowling without much application. Gets that half point for two catches, including an excellent one to send Kohli back.

Jos Buttler, 1: Just like Stokes, a lot depended on Buttler. And just like Stokes, Buttler failed.

Jake Ball, 1: Promised a lot before the match but barely delivered. His 10 wicketless overs went for 80.