England’s superb comeback, after being hammered in the opener, has helped them tie the score 1-1 and set up an exciting finale, with the ODI series decider to be played on July 17 at Old Trafford.
AS IT HAPPENED
Like England saw their batting implode in the first ODI, India too suffered a horrible top-order collapse which saw them crash to 31 for four in the 12th over. Chasing 247, the visitors folded for 146 in 38. 5 overs. Making things difficult for India with his high point of release due to his tall frame, Topley sent back both India’s openers, skipper Rohit Sharma (0 off 10 balls) and Shikhar Dhawan (9 off 26 balls), before getting the in-form Suryakumar (27 off 29 balls), Shami (23), Chahal (3) and Krishna (0).
Brydon Carse dismissed Rishabh Pant (0, 5b) and David Willey took out an out-of-form former captain Virat Kohli (16, 25b, 3×4) as England’s pacers breathed fire on a pitch which had a bit of extra bounce. Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya each scored 29 off 44 balls, but both perished to England’s spinners. While Pandya holed out to deep mid-wicket off Moeen Ali, Jadeja played all over a simple delivery from Liam Livingstone.
The poor show by India’s batsmen would’ve left the bevy of former India cricketers at Lord’s on Thursday, including Sachin Tendulkar, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina disappointed.
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Rohit was trapped LBW off one that came in, while Dhawan was caught down the leg-side, as India’s famed openers, after putting on an unbeaten 114-run stand in the first ODI, suffered completely contrasting fortunes in the second game of the series. India’s post start became worse when Pant, having advanced from his crease, spooned a full toss from Brydon Carse to substitute fielder Phil Salt mid-on, becoming the second Indian batsman after Rohit to get out for a duck.
Having unleashed three glorious drives, Kohli looked to be finding his long-lost Midas touch, but succumbed to his tendency to play a ball that he could’ve left alone outside the off-stump, a typical left-arm seamer’s delivery leaving him. ‘Sky’ looked good, before chopping one onto his stumps.
Earlier, England threatened to implode for the second time in a row, before their lower-order batsmen Moeen Ali (47, 64b, 2×4, 2×6), David Willey (41, 49b, 2×4, 2×6) and Liam Livingstone (33, 33b, 2×4, 2×6) rallied to help them finish at a respectable 246 in 46 overs.
If Bumrah tormented England on Tuesday, it was the turn of the wily leggie Chahal, who took four for 47, the best figures by an Indian bowler in an ODI at Lord’s.