26th March, 2021
India vs England 2nd ODI Pune: England got big scores against India with opener Johnny Bairstow and all-rounder Ben Stokes bowling KL Rahul's century effort from their stormy innings. In the second one-day international cricket match on Friday, with 39 balls remaining here, he won by six wickets. India had scored a massive 336 for six after being invited to bat first, but the England top-order batsmen left no stone unturned to prove it dwarf.
World champions England scored 337 for four in 43.3 overs to level the three-match series 1-1. Bairstow (124 off 111 balls) and Stokes (99 off 52 balls) bowled sixes to neutralize the Indian bowlers. Bairstow hit 11 fours and seven sixes in his innings. Stokes missed out on a century but his four fours and ten sixes played an important role in reversing the match. Both of them shared a 175-run partnership from 114 balls for the second wicket.Bairstow had earlier added 110 runs for the first wicket with Jason Roy (55 off 52 balls). After losing three wickets within nine balls, Liam Livingstone (27 not out) and David Malan (16 not out) led England to the target. Earlier, the highlight of the Indian innings was Rahul's innings of 108 off 114 balls, which included seven fours and two sixes. He added 121 runs for the third wicket with Kohli (66 off 79 balls).
Rishabh Pant scored 77 off 40 balls with the help of three fours and seven sixes and shared a 113-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Rahul. Hardik Pandya contributed 35 runs off 16 balls. After England's victory, now the third match has become decisive, which will be played on this ground on Sunday. Indian fast bowlers made an impact but both spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Krunal Pandya failed. Both of them scored 156 runs in 16 overs.
Famous Krishna gave two for 58 while Bhuvneshwar Kumar took one wicket for 63 runs. Hardik did not bowl. Bairstow and Roy again gave England a good start. Both these sixes reached the 50-run mark, but due to Rohit Sharma's superb fielding, Roy had to run out and return to the pavilion. He hit seven fours and a six in his innings. Stokes showed favorable responsibility for the number three batsman. He got the benefit of the doubt on the appeal of run-out in the middle. The third umpire declared him unbeaten after looking at it from many angles.
Bairstow, who missed a century in the last match, completed his 11th ODI century by hitting six-over midwicket on Kuldeep. Kuldeep disappointed and plundered 84 runs in 10 overs. Stokes hit him for three consecutive sixes. The other spinner, Krunal Pandya, also could not walk, which increased India's troubles. Stokes also hit three sixes in his next over. By losing 48 runs in two overs in this way, India's hopes were washed away. India plundered 85 runs from 31st to 35th over. In such a situation, Bhuvneshwar took the ball and caught Stokes in the hands of Pant and denied him a century.
The famous Krishna dismissed Baristow and caretaker Jos Buttler (naught) in the next over, but Livingstone, playing his first match, equalized with two consecutive sixes over Bhubaneswar. Earlier, India added 126 runs in the last 10 overs. This was possible because Kohli and Rahul had prepared a good foundation for the subsequent batsmen after recovering the team from the initial setbacks. India lost the wickets of both their openers Shikhar Dhawan (four) and Rohit Sharma (25) early.
Kohli took his 62nd and fourth consecutive half-centuries in ODIs by taking advantage of the life he got from wicketkeeper Butler, but his wait for the 71st century in international cricket did not end. He caught Butler in an attempt to cut on Rashid's ball. Kohli hit three fours and a six in his innings. Rahul took short shots and proceeded smoothly with his innings while Pant remained at the crease with the help of DRS in two occasions. After overturning the umpire's decision for the first time, he hit two sixes off Ben Stokes and for the second time, hitting a six and a four on Tom Karen to complete the half-century off just 28 balls.
Rahul also gave a message to the critics to remain silent after completing his fifth ODI century. This is the first century of an Indian in an ODI in more than a year. He returned to the pavilion shortly thereafter in an attempt to play the long shot. Pant took India's seventh score of 300 runs with his seventh six before taking a catch at the boundary line and also crossed his highest score in ODIs. Meanwhile, Hardik also contributed to hitting sixes with him.
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