India Playing 11: It was a disappointing day for Men in Blue in the 2nd ODI, as they were on the receiving end of a thumping six wicket defeat. To make matters worse, England still had 39 balls to face, which emphasized their dominance in the second innings. Though the Indian batsmen impressed with the bat to get to a total of 336, it were the bowlers that failed to display impetus, which led to England winning the game in comfortable manner. There were plenty of fans and experts who criticized Virat Kohli and the management to opt for five bowlers. Especially, when considering the fact that Hardik Pandya hasn’t been allowed to bowl at all in the ODI series so far.
The spin duo Krunal Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav were taken to the cleaners, and the hosts might have to go for some changes there. Wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal might be brought back, while, Washington Sundar could also turn out to be another option.
In spite of a poor defence of the target in the second innings, there were quite a few noteworthy performances from the Indian batsmen. KL Rahul topped the charts with a well deserved 108, while, Virat Kohli chipped in with a 66. Rishabh Pant stole the show with his big hitting ability and struck 77 from just 40 deliveries. For England, it was Jonny Bairstow who struck a flawless 124 runs, whereas, Ben Stokes smashed his way to 99 from just 51 balls. Jason Roy also contributed with 55 from 52 deliveries.
To top it all off, this was the third highest innings total which the Indians failed to defend. If India do bat first once again, they might have to be more attacking from the very get go, knowing the fact that England have chased down 10 targets in excess of 300 since 2015, which is the most by any team.
The 3rd and final ODI between India and England will be contested at the MCA Stadium. The ball by ball coverage will be done by the Star Sports Network and Hotstar.