Riding on Joe Root’s century and Liam Plunkett’s four-wicket haul, England outclassed India by 86 runs in the second ODI.After winning the toss at Lord’s, London on Saturday, England skipper Eoin Morgan opted to bat first against India. England had a great start. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow did very well for England. After they got out, it was Joe Root and E Morgan who lead the team towards setting up of a good target. Morgan got his half-century preety soon but after he got his century, he was sent back to the pavilion by Kuldeep Yadav. India was under pressure even after the wicket of Ben Stokes. David Willey got his quick half-century and Joe Root got his 12th century in ODI steering England to reach a great target of 323. Spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali too bowled brilliant economical spells creating continuos pressure on the Indian batsmen. Adil picked two wickets for England while Moeen Ali, David Willey and Mark Wood managed one wicket each
With the win, England levelled the three-match ODI series 1-1. All the Indian batting line-up collapsed in front of England bowlers yesterady. Chasing a target of 323, India got all out for 236 in 50 overs. India got off to a decent start with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma contributing 49 for the opening wicket. But after the first wicket of Rohit (15), Dhawan and KL Rahul (0) departed in quick succession. Virat Kohli (45) and Suresh Raina (46) played a crucial 80-run stand for the fifth wicket but got out after settling in at the crucial point. All-rounder Hardik Pandya also got out after scoring 21 runs. With the required run-rate regularly rising up, it got very difficult for MS Dhoni (who reached 10,000 ODI run-mark yesterday) to bring India over the line.
With exactly 12 months left for the World Cup final, the top two sides would try their best to win the third ODI which would decicde the series winner.