Match report: As we witnessed the world’s no one team in the ODI rankings proved their ability today by winning the second ODI against India in India by 6 wickets and 39 balls remaining. The target of 337 runs is not an easy task for any team chasing against the world’s no 2 ranked team-India at their home conditions. The sixth time losing toss Indian captain Virat Kohli in the past five t20I’s and two ODI’s.
The home team India batted first after losing the toss and scored 336 runs in 50 overs with six wickets down. The opener of the Indian team Rohit Sharma batted with a strike-rate of 100. He scored 25 runs and out. Shikhar Dhawan has not survived for so long today, his wicket was fallen when he was at 4. After two wickets down at 37 runs on the board in 8.4 overs, absolutely the Indian team was under a lot of pressure.
The captain of the team Virat Kohli and KL Rahul took charge and smashed the English bowlers all around the park. Virat Kohli faced 79 balls and scored 66 runs. KL Rahul scored 108 runs off 114 deliveries. In the last powerplay of Indian batting, Rishabh Pant † and Hardik Pandya gave a huge boost to their scorecard. Rishabh Pant scored 77 runs off 40 balls. He smashed seven 6s and three boundaries in his beautiful innings. Hardik Pandya faced just 16 deliveries and scored 35 runs with the help of four maximums.
IND vs ENG Highlights today Friday, 3-26-2021 – 2nd ODI (D/N), England tour of India from Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.
In reply, the visitor team England lost their first wicket at 110 runs on the board. He was Jason Roy, who scored 55 runs off 52 balls. Jonny Bairstow was the top runs scorer today. He scored 124 runs off 112 deliveries. He completed his powerful innings by smashing eleven boundaries and seven maximums. Ben Stokes scored 99 runs off 52 deliveries. He smoked the Indian bowling line with 10 6s and four boundaries. Dawid Malan contributed 16 runs, Liam Livingstone added 27 runs to his team’s scorecard.
Pitch report: Ajit Agarkar and Deep Dasgupta reckon this pitch is even better for batting than the one for the first game. Firm, hard surface, the ball is expected to carry through. The lengths you bowl will be important, because of how flat the pitch is.
England won the toss and Jos Buttler chose to bowl.
Jos Buttler: We’re going to bowl for similar reasons to the last game. We played good cricket for large parts of the last game, but let ourselves down in the end. We’ve tried to play that way for a long period of time and it’s given us great success, so we’ll continue to go in that fashion. Huge shoes to fill (Morgan’s) but obviously, it gives someone else an opportunity and gives me the chance to lead. We have three changes, Dawid Malan for Morgan, Liam Livingstone for Sam Billings, and Reece Topley for Mark Wood.
Virat Kohli: We actually wanted to bat again, conditions play a big part. If you are intense and looking for wickets and you’re aggressive, you can come back (even given the way England play). The development of a team is all about that, you have to be ready to do whatever happens in the toss. That’s why we wanted to put ourselves in a similar situation even if we won the toss. Outside of that middle overs period where we lost 3-4 wickets, pretty happy with our batting. The chat in the field was to keep the belief, doesn’t matter if we lose in 40 overs. Unfortunately, Shreyas Iyer is out with a shoulder injury, Rishabh Pant replaces him.
India team: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Rishabh Pant (wk), 5 KL Rahul, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Shardul Thakur, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Prasidh Krishna.
England team: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Ben Stokes, 4 Dawid Malan, 5 Jos Buttler (capt & wk), 6 Liam Livingstone, 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Sam Curran, 9 Tom Curran, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Reece Topley.
Match Timings: 08:00 GMT | 13:30 Local
Umpires – Nitin Menon, Virender Sharma
TV Umpires – Anil Chaudhary
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – Jayaraman Madanagopal
Match number – ODI no. 4283