As India beat England in the second match, I feel this is one such convincing win for the Indian team that has come after a long long time. I sincerely wish that India returns to the winning ways. Congrats to Team India and M S Dhoni! Well now back to business. India defeated England by 127 runs in the second ODI played at the Nehru Stadium, Kochi.
Batting first India scored a huge total of 285 runs riding on half-centuries by Suresh Raina, M S Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja. In response, England was bowled out for only 158 runs in 36overs. Ashwin and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar were the pick of the bowlers for Team India who picked 3 wickets apiece. However, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was quite economical. He bowled his full quota of 10 overs while conceding only 29 runs.
It was Shami Ahmed who started the wicket taking spree for India. It was the second ball from his spell when he dismissed Ian Bell being caught by Dhoni. Captain Cook and one down batsman Kevin Pietersen tried to consolidate. However, they never look steady. A misunderstanding might have ledto Cook’s run out. But he did not survive long and was soon out LBW.
Kumar bowled Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan was out to the second ball and the middle order almost crumbled. The last four batsmen James Dernbach, Steven Finn, James Tredwell and Chris Woakes scored 2, 0, 1 and 0 respectively. Ashwin and Jadeja were the main ingredients in dismissing these batsmen.
It was an all round performance by the Indian team in this match. It never looked like they were under pressure at any stage. Since the wicket of Ian Bell upfront, England was always on the back foot. They never recovered. Moreover, the double strike by Bhuvaneshwar Kumar in the 15th over pushed the Englishmen in deeper trouble. The same feat was repeated by Ashwin in the 34th over.
With this win, India has leveled the 5 match series 1-1. The third match will be played on Saturday in Ranchi.