2nd ODI India thrash England by 127 runs, level series 1-1.India first posted a competitive 285, riding on captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s 72 and Ravindra Jadeja’s 61, before the bowlers skittled out the visitors for a paltry 158 in just 36 overs to level the five-match series 1-1. England’s pursuit of 286 always looked a daunting task and it became an improbable from the moment that Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan in the space of balls in an impressive new-ball spell. There is nothing like a humid evening in Kochi to perk up a swing bowler and Bhuvneshwar, a 22-year-old from Uttar Pradesh playing in only his fifth ODI, also summoned impressive stamina as Dhoni ran his 10-over spell through without interruption and was rewarded along with his best international figures of three for 29.
Kochi, in tourist terms at least, is the gateway to the backwaters but India, 1-0 down in the ODI series with to play, were in no mood to take that particular trip. MS Dhoni, ardent not with the bat but as strikingly in every aspect of his captaincy, made that abundantly clear with every muscle flexed and every order barked and it was England who were sunk without trace in a 127-run defeat.India finally found their winning touch as they relied on a brilliant all-round display to thrash England by an emphatic 127 runs in the second cricket one-dayer on Tuesday.
It was a convincing and morale-boosting victory for the Indians who have struggled of late even in home conditions, losing the ODI series to arch-rivals Pakistan and the Check series against England.India first posted a competitive 285, riding on captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s 72 and Ravindra Jadeja’s 61, before the bowlers skittled out the visitors for a trifling 158 in 36 overs to level the five-match series 1-1.
The hosts did well in all departments of the game, though the batting of the top order continued to be a concern with Gautam Gambhir (8) and Ajinkya Rahane (four) failing to deliver while the kind of Virat Kohli remained patchy though they scored 37 today.It was Dhoni’s 66-ball 72 and Jadeja’s blistering unbeaten knock of 61 in 37 balls which provided the late flourish to the Indian innings. Suresh Raina (55) and Yuvraj Singh (32), who was distinctly unfortunate to be given LBW, were the other notable contributors.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/29), R Ashwin (3/39) and Jadeja (2/12) were the pick of the Indian bowlers to give the hosts a resounding victory in front of a capacity crowd.
With the Nehru Stadium providing ample assistance to the bowlers in the second half, the Indians exploited the conditions to the hilt to bundle out the visitors with Kevin Pietersen being the top-scorer with a 58-ball 42.
The teams will now travel to Ranchi for the third one-dayer to be played on January 19.
India approached the last ten overs in unconvincing shape, at 177 for five, having been confounded in the batting Powerplay by the variations of Dernbach and Steven Finn who conceded only 21 runs in overs and dismissed their batting mainstay, Suresh Raina, in the process.
What Dhoni stirred, Jadeja delivered, rounding things off by taking 14 from Dernbach’s last deliveries to finish with an unbeaten 67 from 37 balls. They were impressive statistics for a batsman who had been overshadowed until the last. As for Dernbach, for all his relative success against Dhoni, they still spilled 73 from nine overs.