Joe Root got his 100 in __ balls © Getty Images
Joe Root got his 100 in 109 balls © Getty Images

England posted a good total of 322 against India  in the second ODI at Lord’s, London. They started their innings well like last time but fell against the spin of Kuldeep Yadav  again. However, Joe Root  found his form in the right time recording his 12th century in 109 balls. His innings of 113 included 8 fours and a six with a strike rate of 97.41. He played well with changing partners to take the host to a fighting total.

Like the previous game Jason Roy (40) and Jonnny Bairstow (38) gave a good start to England scoring 69 off the Powerplay. Just like the other game it was Kuldeep again who struck in his very first over dismissing Bairstow on 38 with a googly. Bairstow trying to sweep the google gloved it to the stumps. It was in the 15th over again when Roy who was temped off the tossed up delivery hit it straight to Umesh Yadav  at deep mid-wicket who took a well judged catch near the boundary.

Joe Root and Eoin Morgan who came in next steadied the innings for the host. The stitched a partnership of 103 runs to the fourth wicket. Both of them went past their half-centuries as Virat Kohli  was forced to get his wicket-taking bowler back in the attack and Kuldeep did what he is known for. Morgan trying to go for the big shot mis-timed the low full toss as Shikhar Dhawan took an easy catch at deep mid-wicket. Ben Stokes  who came in next was soon dismissed by Hardik Pandya for 5. Stokes trying to play the length ball fine ended up edging it to MS Dhoni who hardly makes any mistake. The wicket was followed by an unique dab celebration by Pandya.

Jos Buttler, the man in form failed to deliver this time as he fell to Umesh in the 37th over. Buttler wanted to guide the ball to third man edged the length as Dhoni completed his 300th catch. India pulled things back well as England were cruising towards a big score when they were 189 for 2. Moeen Ali trying to score some quick runs in the last 10 overs was done by a brilliant catch by Rohit  Sharma near the boundary who covered a lot of ground and took a diving catch.

David Willey played a good hand in the end overs when Root was dealing in singles to get to the triple digit mark. He smashed his 50 off 30 runs to keep the scorecard ticking. His innings included 5 fours and a six with an impressive strike rate of 166.67. He and Root added 83 runs for the 8th wicket partnership.

In the bowling department, it was Kuldeep again who starred for the visitors as he ended up with figures 10-0-68-3. Suresh Raina got a chance to bowl in this match as well but proved to be expensive as he leaked 18 off his 2 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal was the most economical among all the bowlers conceding only 43 runs.

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] vs India