Twitter Reactions: India labour to 256 on a sluggish Leeds wicket
Kohli was the best batter as he scored 71 while Adil Rashid was the pick of the bowlers with a three-wicket haul.
Updated - Jul 17, 2018 8:48 pm
Eoin Morgan’s decision to bat first proved the right wisdom in the 2nd ODI at Lord’s thus when he asked Team India to bowl in Headingley most experts and commentators thought Morgan knew what he was doing. However, the wicket was slow and sluggish right through and the ball was doing something both for the quicks and the slower bowlers. All the English bowlers stuck to their plans and didn’t give away anything easy, especially the spinners. As a result, all the famed Indian batting lineup managed was 256/8 in 50 overs.
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan who enjoy when the ball comes onto the bat with pace didn’t find it easy to get going. While Dhawan did play his shots from the start Rohit found the going particularly tough. He struggled to even rotate the strike as David Willey and Mark Wood kept things really tight. Rohit’s stay ended on the 18th ball having scored just 2 runs.
Dhawan played a pretty mature knock understanding the difficulties the wicket created for the batsmen. He had a half century partnership with skipper Kohli. The duo got Team India close to the 100-run mark but Dhawan was unfortunately run out by Ben Stokes on 44. Kohli carried on with Dinesh Karthik who was included for the No.4 spot ahead of KL Rahul played with some positive intent to start with. An expansive drive against Adil Rashid cost Karthik his wicket as it deflected back onto his stumps.
Suresh Raina lasted just four balls and scored one before being caught at leg-slip by Joe Root off Rashid again. Kohli was bamboozled by Rashid with a leg-spinner that turned sharp. He scored 71 but failed to read one that spun in front of his face and took his off-stump. Hardik Pandya tried to hang in there but got out for a run-a-ball 21 and was dismissed before causing any damage in the death.
MS Dhoni struggled for 66 balls for his 42 and was dismissed by Willey in his second spell with one that angled away from him. The veteran who had faced a lot of criticism for the way he paced his innings at Lord’s couldn’t change it in the last ODI either.
Late charge from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur took the team total beyond the 250-run mark. Thakur, in particular, was the only Indian batsman who hit a six in the innings, he hit a couple and those are the two they have hit in the last couple of games.
Here is how Twitterati reacted to the Indian batting innings:
Shardul Thakur has given himself some more runs to bowl at. This total might just be par on this surface
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 17, 2018
Good contributions from Shardul and Bhuvi. Given the bowlers something to bowl at. Kuldeep and Chahal's spell will be the key. I am backing Chahal to do well today #ENGvIND
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 17, 2018
Shardul Thakur is at it again!
This time at Headingley.. 😁#ENGvIND
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 17, 2018
Shardul Thakur should bat at number 4 – Gambhir #ENGvIND
— Gagan Thakur (@gagan_gt) July 17, 2018
Shardul Bradman. #EngvInd
— Abhishek (@Sajjanlaunda) July 17, 2018
Shardul Thakur at No.4
— Sameer Allana (@HitmanCricket) July 17, 2018
Indian tail hitting Ben Stokes for sixes is my favorite memory of this tour so far. #ENGvIND
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) July 17, 2018
Shardul Thakur is only the 2nd player to hit a SIX for India in this ODI series. Rohit Sharma hit four sixes in the first match in Nottingham. #ENGvIND
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) July 17, 2018
MS please come back to test Cricket 🙏🙏
— yesix Mani (@EwilSmile) July 17, 2018
Bhuvi and Shocker belting around an attack the Indian middle order couldn't get it off the square.
— Alagappan V (@IndianMourinho) July 17, 2018
Keep Ben Stokes away from Ben Stokes, he might punch himself.#EngvInd
— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) July 17, 2018
— IndiaKaCricket (@Run_Veera) July 17, 2018
— charliepramod (@charliepramod16) July 17, 2018
257 isn't the bad target on this strip #ENGvIND
— Aasmani (@mfurqani) July 17, 2018
Ben Stokes Reminds me of Carlos Braithwate.. #ENGvIND
— Ubaid Bin Riyaz (@Ubaidbinriyaz) July 17, 2018
— Abhinav (Ricky)🇮🇳 (@imricky06) July 17, 2018
#ENGvIND why not dhoni got out earlier…may be we could see more from Shardul Thakur
— Ravi Prakash (@rp3356) July 17, 2018
I don't think that its a winning total 🙁🙁
Rohit & Dhoni consumed too many balls & got out 😕#ENGvIND
— 🇮🇳 Anuradha 🇮🇳 (@AnuRadha9082) July 17, 2018
Dhoni,pandya,raina < Shardul #ENGvIND
— Shivam Kashyap (@SVMK17) July 17, 2018
Bowlers did it. S. Thakur and Bhuvi added 35 runs in 25 balls. This will make difference if Kuldeep and Chahal gets going. #ENGvIND
— Parikshit Shah 🇮🇳 (@imparixit) July 17, 2018
Bhuvi and Shardul have saved us with the bat, I hope they do the same with the ball. #ENGvIND
— Prajakta Bhawsar (@ViratsFangirl18) July 17, 2018
256/8, and I think India would be missing Umesh Yadav. Should be an interesting match, nevertheless. #ENGvIND
— YAAAAAAS QUEEN!! 🇫🇷 (@Gracious_Gal) July 17, 2018