Twitter Reactions: England fight back with a resounding 86 runs win in the 2nd ODI

The home team managed to level the series 1-1.

England v India - 2nd ODI: Royal London One-Day Series
MS Dhoni and Eoin Morgan. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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After being served an 8-wicket defeat with almost 10 overs to spare it was England’s turn to give it back to the Indian team and they did that with quite some authority as well. The home team batting first posted 322 runs on the board on the back of Joe Root’s hundred, India in response were out of the race once their top 5 got out while they were not even halfway through the target. As a result, England won the match by 86 runs bowling India out on the last ball.

At the toss, Eoin Morgan read the pitch really well and decided to bat first. Virat Kohli said he was happy to take that, however, as the game panned out the pitch did deteriorate and prove England’s tactical victory. Batting first, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow got them off to a flying start against the pacers but once Kuldeep Yadav was in the attack both the openers got out to him in the 11th and 15th over on 38 and 40 respectively.

Thereafter Joe Root and Eoin Morgan stitched together a rebuilding 100-run partnership. While Morgan got out after his half century Root stayed there and scored the 12th hundred of his ODI career. His knock along with a powerful fifty from David Willey who scored 50 from 31 balls. Root answered all the doubts with 113 that took England to 322 which proved to be a well above par total.

India also started well as the track still seemed to be good for batting. Rohit Sharma got out to an off-cutter from Mark Wood and India were 49/0 before that. Shikhar Dhawan also got out in the 10th over and they were in trouble with spinners operating from both ends. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid got turn from the surface as it got drier in the afternoon. They didn’t let the Indian batsmen score runs at a pace it was required and that sucked life out of their chase. Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina were dismissed by Ali and Rashid respectively.

Thereafter though MS Dhoni got to the 10,000-run mark in ODI cricket it was a lost battle and the Indian team was bowled out as Yuzvendra Chahal handed Willey his second wicket.

Here is how cricket fans reacted to the Indian team’s defeat in the 2nd ODI: