India v Eng 2nd ODI: Bairstow, Stokes blast England to rapid victory
England stormed back in style to level the ODI series against India, 1-1, by winning the second ODI by six wickets at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Friday.
India batted first and posted an impressive 336 for six in their 50 overs. In reply, England chased down the target in 43.3 overs to finish on 337 for four.
India rode on a 121 run third wicket stand between captain Virat Kohli (66: 79b, 3x4, 1x6) and Lokesh Rahul (108: 114b, 7x4, 2x6). This was after the openers fell early. Thereafter, Rahul allied with Rishabh Pant (77: 40b, 3x4, 7x6) in a partnership worth 113 runs for the fourth wicket. That really maximised the scoring to a large extent. Towards the end Hardik Pandya (35: 16b, 1x4, 4x6) played an important role in pushing the scoring along.
For England the best bowlers was Reece Topley (2-50).
In their chase, Jason Roy (55: 52b, 7x4, 1x6) and Jonny Bairstow (124: 112b, 11x4, 7x6) added 110 runs for the opening wicket. Then Bairstow demolished the Indian bowling in the company of Ben Stokes (99: 52b, 4x4, 10x6). The entire England innings featured 20 sixes in all and 24 boundaries.
There was a mini collapse in between Stokes, Bairstow and stand-in captain Jos Buttler fell in quick succession for just two runs. But newcomer Dawid Malan and debutant Liam Livingstone (27 n.o.) added an unbroken 50 run fifth wicket stand to seal the win for England.
For India, Prasidh Krishna (2-58) was the most successful bowler.
Earlier, India made one forced change by bringing in Rishabh Pant in place of an injured Shreyas Iyer. England's injured pair of Eoin Morgan and Sam Billings were replaced by Malan and Livingstone. Mark Wood was rested and in came Reece Topley.
The deciding clash will take place on Sunday.
Match Summary - India v England, 2nd ODI, MCA Stadium Pune
India 336-6 (50)
Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Shikhar Dhawan-3.5 ov), 2-37 (Rohit Sharma-8.4 ov), 3-158 (Virat Kohli-31.6 ov), 4-271 (KL Rahul-44.5 ov), 5-308 (Rishabh Pant-46.5 ov), 6-334 (Hardik Pandya-49.5 ov)
England 337-4 (43.3)
Fall of wickets: 1-110 (Jason Roy-16.3 ov), 2-285 (Ben Stokes-35.2 ov), 3-287 (Jonny Bairstow-36.1 ov), 4-287 (Jos Buttler-36.4 ov)
Result - England won by six wickets
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler (captain & wicket-keeper), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley
Venue: MCA Stadium, Pune
Toss: England, elected to field
Debutants: Liam Livingstone
Match officials: Nitin Menon, Virender Sharma (On-field umpires); Anil Chaudhary (TV Umpire); Jayaraman Madanagopal (Fourth Umpire); Javagal Srinath (Match-referee)
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