The second ODI between India vs England turned out to be another thrilling contest. Many records were broken while new records were set. A match which witnessed 747 runs, a total of three batsmen getting centuries, a record Yuvraj – Dhoni partnership, and many other crucial moments which became the talking points at the end of the contest.
Here are some of the key moments in the match which became the talking points:
Indian openers failed again: Similar like the first ODI, the Indian openers faltered again with both being dismissed inside the first six overs. Indian openers not giving a team has been a feature in this ODI series, which yet again was showcased in the second ODI. Although Shikhar Dhawan scored runs in the first practice match before the ODI, two successive failures now can see him sitting out of the third one day at Kolkata with Ajinkya Rahane waiting in the wings.
A rare failure for Virat Kohli: Virat Kohli has been in the form of his life. He scored 600 plus runs in the Test series and followed it up with a match winning century in the first ODI at Pune. Cuttack was a rare failure for Virat Kohli when he was dismissed for just 8 runs having one rare bad day at the office for the very aggressive Indian captain.
The Yuvraj-Dhoni Partnership: After England opted to bowl, India were reeling at 25 for 3 after Chris Woakes struck thrice in the span of 10 balls. The situation looked bleak, but Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni walked out and steadied the ship before unleashing a massive onslaught. Yuvraj smashed 150 in 127 balls and Dhoni 134 in 122. The fourth-wicket partnership amounted to 256, breaking all sorts of records in the process. Coincidentally, this was the first time when Dhoni and Yuvraj scored centuries in the same match. Yuvraj and Dhoni now also have scored in between them 1400 ODI runs, which is the fifth highest for the fourth wicket.
Root and Roy give England a good start: Going about the task of chasing their highest ever ODI total for victory, Jason Roy (82) and Joe Root (54) scored crucial fifties and took the team score to 170 inside the first 25 overs. They laid the perfect foundation for the England lower order to cash in on the opportunity for an unbelievable victory.
Ashwin works his magic: Just when it looked like England had the upper hand in the match, came Ravichandran Ashwin to peg back England badly. First Ashwin dismissed a well set Root on 54 and then again dismissed Ben Stokes (1) and Jos Buttler (10) cheaply to get half the side out inside 200 runs. Thus he made the hard task of chasing this improbable target all the more impossible.
Eoin Morgan scores an almost match winning century: Just when everyone hoped that the fight back from England is finally over, Morgan had other ideas. He took the challenge in his own hands and scored a brilliant century (102) which nearly brought England close to victory. He took a liking to all the bowlers, especially, Jasprit Bumrah and spanked him all round the park. The Indian spinners had finished their spell by then and the ball coming on to the bat made the shot making easy for Morgan, who hit 6 fours and 5 sixes in his 81 ball century.
Moeen Ali provides good support: Moeen Ali, who came into bat at number 7 provided good support to Eoin Morgan. Together they added 93 runs, which threatened to take the match away from India’s grasp. Ali scored 55 from 43 balls before being dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bring and end to England’s stubborn resistance.
England falls short by 15 at last: After an entertaining day’s of cricket, England finally fell short by 15 runs, as Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowling the last over prevented 21 runs that was needed for England to win the contest and level the series.
India finally managed to win this close encounter helping Kohli to keep his unbeaten run as Indian captain intact.