Pune: England has defeated India in the 2nd ODI match played in Pune today and has also equaled each in the series. Today in the absence of Eion Morgan, Joss Butler was captaining England. England has made a good comeback today after losing the first match.
Highlights of 2nd ODI
England captain Joss Butler today won the toss in the 2nd ODI and decided to bowl first and called India for batting. Shikhar Dhawan, the hero of the last match, could not do much in this match, and after scoring 4 runs, he returned to the pavilion as the first victim of Topley. Rohit looked good when Adil Rashid caught him at the short third man on Sam Curran’s bowling. He had scored 25 runs which included 5 fours, after which a partnership of 121 runs between Captain Kohli and Rahul. Captain Kohli completed his half-century and became the victim of Adil Rashid.
But KL Rahul, who was a flop in T20, did well in ODIs. KL Rahul scored a half-century in the last match, and Virat was dismissed. Rahul stayed at the crease and completed his century in 2nd ODI. Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, who came to bat after Kohli’s wicket’s fall, also completed his half-century. Rishabh Pant scored 77 runs in just 40 deliveries.
Pandya Brothers played some good shots in the end, and India’s score reached 336 runs in 50 overs. England had a great start in this match as in the previous match, and their opener Jason Roy was run out by 55 runs, but England’s second opener Johnny remained at the senior crease and completed his century. All-rounder Ben Stokes, who came to support him, also completed his half-century. Ben Stokes was out of form for the last few days, and in the last match, he could not do anything special. Ben Stoke remained just 1 run away from his century and was dismissed for 99.
Ben Stokes was almost on the verge of being dismissed due to Kuldeep Yadav from the boundary line. The third umpire saw this scene many times and pronounced the not out, although his bat looked like on the line and many commentators were unhappy with this decision.
Prassidh Krishna took two wickets, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took one wicket from India. England chased the score in just 43.3 overs with 6 wickets in hand. England’s batsmen lashed over Kunal Pandya and took 72 runs in just 6 overs. Kuldeep Yadav also gave 84 runs in his 10 overs, and he did not get any wickets either.
Johnny Bairstow was adjudged Man of the Match for his outstanding batting performance. The next and last ODI will be played in Pune on Sunday, and like the T20 series, its last match will be like a final.
In the post-match presentation, Indian captain Virat Kohli said that when Stokes and Bairstow were playing, it was only then that we felt that it is challenging for us to make a comeback to the match. At the same time, he also praised KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant for their innings.