India came storming back in the second one-day international in Kochi, condemning England to a massive 127-run defeat. Having won the toss, India looked to be heading for a below-par score as England’s bowlers were able to take wickets with some regularity, preventing their opponents from building any momentum. That all changed however as captain MS Dhoni and man-of-the-match Ravi Jadeja took the attack to the tourists, Dhoni reaching 72 from 66 balls and Jadeja finishing unbeaten on 61 from just 37. This changed the complexion of the game, and when England were reduced to 73-4 in their reply it looked unlikely that they would come close to matching India’s total of 285. The collapse that ensued meant that England were only able to muster 158 all-out, having been comprehensively outplayed by India.
After a solid performance in the first ODI, England’s batsmen were unable to maintain their form in this match. Kevin Pietersen was able to score close to a run-a-ball for his 42, but other than Samit Patel’s 30 from 29, there were few positives to take from a disappointing 36 overs. Joe Root was unhurried as he tried to steady the ship with 36 from 50, the Yorkshireman having been given his opportunity at number four, but Eoin Morgan’s departure for a duck was costly and Craig Kieswetter did not score as quickly as we know he is able to. The early loss of Ian Bell did not appear to have had too negative an impact as Alastair Cook and Pietersen formed a decent partnership, however this was broken by Bhuvneshwar Kumar who also returned to remove Pietersen and Morgan in quick succession. India’s bowlers soon rounded off a dominant performance, leaving England to question the ease and speed with which their run chase failed.
This was far more like the India that spectators have come to know in recent years, most notably when they won the 50-over World Cup in 2011. England will rue the fact that they allowed India to reach a far higher total than they should have done, however they were not helped by the fielding restrictions in place when Dhoni and Jadeja launched their assault. The tourists produced 82 in the last six overs, and after Kumar struck, there was little resistance offered by the England tail, which looked a little long on this occasion. As with England’s batsmen in the first match, most of India’s top and middle order scored valuable runs, particularly pleasing for them after losing both openers cheaply. India have struck back as many expected them to, and England will hope to respond to losing a series lead as well as they did to falling behind when the third match of the series gets underway in Ranchi on Saturday.
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