India v England: Second one-day international report
Kochi (50 overs, India won toss): India beat England by 127 runs
India drew level the one-day international series with England at 1-1 after dishing out a 127-run thrashing to the tourists in Kochi.
India had made a steady total of 285 in their innings with MS Dhoni’s 72 and Ravindra Jadeja’s 61 not out getting the hosts out of trouble after a start which saw them struggling on 18-2.
However, England's batting, which had been so strong in the opening match, failed to match those efforts in their response, falling to a dismal 158 all out. Kevin Pietersen topped scored with 42 as the Indian bowlers took command; Ravichandran Ashwin and Praveen Kumar taking three wickets each.
England had made one change to the side that grinded out a nine-run victory last time out, with Chris Woakes coming in to replace Tim Bresnan, who had picked up a niggling injury in the nets. India also brought in Shami Ahmed for Ashok Dinda.
There was a feeling that it was a very good toss for India to win, with batting conditions likely to deteriorate throughout the day. So it proved.
England didn’t take long to make a breakthrough though, as Jay Dernbach continued where he left off last week, sending down a terrific delivery that bamboozled Gautan Gambhir and removed his off-stump for just seven. The 18-1 soon became 18-2 as Steven Finn followed in Dernbach’s footsteps and clean bowled the dangerous Ajinkya Rahane with a jaffa. India then settled down. Both Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli upped the tempo for 10 overs but the Man of the Match on Friday, James Treadwell, broke that partnership to leave India 73-3. Yuvraj was the man to go: he tried to sweep a delivery that straightened to hit the pad in front of middle and leg.
India again looked to be building a decent partnership with Kohli and Suresh Raina, but a inspired bowling change from Alastair Cook broke the partnership with India on 119. He brought in Woakes back for Samit Patel, and Woakes struck with his second ball, forcing Kohli into a big drive straight to Ian Bell on the point boundary. Raina then was joined by inspirational captain MS Donhi, who looked in the mood from the very first ball. Raina reached a fine half-century with a lovely cover drive, but then was dismissed by Finn on 54, who forced him into a loose shot and he played-on.
Then came the partnership that pulled the game away from England. Dhoni and Jadeja raced India from a disappointing 174-5 to a blockbuster 270-6 in just eight overs with Dhoni departing on 72 from 66 balls, which included 46 from his last 24 deliveries – Dernbach taking the wicket courtesy of a fine catch by Joe Root on the boundary. Jadeja steered his side to 285 in the final two overs, departing at the end of play with a match-changing 61 not out.
England’s run chase began rather fittingly. Opener Bell, who averaged 54.90 in ODIs in 2012 and beginning this year with 85 in Rajkot, went in the first over. Ahmed tempted him into a wild shot outside off-stump and it was a simple catch for Dhoni behind the stumps. Skipper Cook and Pietersen then looked to have put England in a very strong position as they raced past fifty in confident style. But Cook was soon given his marching orders after Kumar drifting one across the England captain and it caught him on the pad. Even though the ball seemed to have pitched outside leg stump, the umpire raised his finger and from there England’s innings collapsed against the brilliant spin bowling of India.
The impressive young Kumar soon removed Pietersen for 42 with a fine drifting delivery and then dismissed Eoin Morgan for a duck just two balls later. Dhoni taking the catch after the England hitter played a shot he could have left alone.
Root and Craig Kieswetter gave brief resistance but when the wicketkeeper threw away his wicket - lobbing one straight to mid-off – England knew their fate at 110-5. Root was bowled by Jadeja for a solid 36, the same bowler then removed Woakes for a dismal duck and was soon followed in the pavilion by Treadwell, who fell LBW to Ashwin for one. Finn then was also dismissed by Ashwin, who had fronted an India attack that had taken six wickets for the last 62 runs.
Patel hung around for a few overs at the end, hitting a couple of flashy boundaries, but the game ended when he tried to keep the strike off the final delivery, with number 11 Dernbach well short and easily run out.
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