India vs England: Johnny Birstow and Ben Stokes led the 338 chase
|The second international match for a day, Pune|
|India 336-6 (50 °): Rahul 108 (114), Pant 77 (40)|
|England 337-4 (43.3 up): Bayersto 124 (112), Stokes 99 (52)|
|England won 6 wickets|
Johnny Bayerstow made an impressive century and Ben Stokes scored a brutal 99 in England’s confirmed 337 chase, beating India in their second one-day international match in Pune.
Stokes was simply great at breaking 10 stats in his 52-ball stay, while the superb Bairstow had 124 of 112 deliveries.
The second wicket stand of 175 came in at nine runs, completely destroying India’s attack.
Although England lost three wins in two rounds in nine balls, the chase – England’s highest in India and fifth best ever – was completed with an additional 6.3 sums.
It made India’s 336-6 – based on KL Rahul’s 108 gauge and sexy Rishabh Pant 77 – looking lean.
The series, which reaches level 1-1 now, will be decided on Sunday.
A reminder of England of its power
It was a startling reminder of the cheerful bravado that made England the best one-day team in the world.
As in the series’ premier, which India won 66 times, it was a clash of styles. While India slowly constructed towards a late attack, England set out on the chase and this time crossed the line.
Before the fireworks, left-arm tailor restored Reese Tobli 2-50 out of eight, a standout performance in a beating attack.
But the penalty received by the bowlers in England was nothing compared to the treatment received by Stokes and Bayersto, who used excellent batting conditions to blow rain after blowing into the empty stands.
Their stunning show highlighted the absence of injured captain Ewen Morgan and fellow batsman Sam Billings and comfort Joe Root.
Then, when England wavered, they were taken to victory by debutante Liam Livingston and Dave Malan, who had one previous cap in the ODI.
Stokes and Bayerstow put waste in India
Bayerstow had already added 110 with Jason Roy at 16.3 sums, an opener that only ended when Roy ran out of 55 in a mix ignited by Rohit Sharma’s brilliant hit and throwing.
Stokes himself was lucky to not run out of 33 while he was rolling around for a second run. When Kuldeep throws Yadav from a direct deep blow, there was little evidence to suggest that Stokes had his racket behind the crease line, but the third referee ruled in his favor.
It was Kuldeep’s spinner who bore the brunt of the Stokes attack, shooting three times in a row as the left-handers moved from 50 to 99 in just 11 balls.
Somehow it overshadowed Bairstow, who played a number of high-drive glorified eleventh-century ODI.
When Stokes outmaneuvered a goalkeeper from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, he missed the third-fastest century by the England player in the ODIs. The next time, Bayersto Braside hit Krishna for additional coverage and Commander Gus Butler was tossed by the Yorker.
However, any notion of pressure was dismissed by Livingston’s audacity, whose six consecutive years off Beauvenoir brought the total for the maximum in England to 20.
Rahul silences the critics
After being shot down after making only 15 times in four rounds in the T20 series, Rahul returned to form an unbeaten 62 in his first ODI and went even further here.
On reaching 9th at 39-2, he was required to hold on to Captain Virat Kohli, and achieve their late finish on 3rd wicket 121.
Kohli, shot down by a wicket keeper at 35 by Butler, seemed ready to end his 16-month wait for an international century until he cut off Adel Rashid at 66.
The arrival of the electric trunks to the side of the injured prompted Shrias Iyer Rahul to speed up. When he reached his fifth century ODI, he celebrated putting his fingers in his ears, later explaining that he was symbolizing the disregard of his critics.
However, the real suspense came from the leg-side beating of Pant, who smeared seven sixes. Hardyk Pandya smashed 35 in a cameo of 16 balls.
In all, India received 126 of the last 10 overages. This time, he wasn’t close enough.
“We are not afraid of large sums.”
Ben Stokes is England’s multi-level player: “We have never departed from our values as a team. It was a great pursuit, and we are happy to cross the line quite easily, especially as India has achieved a challenging overall.
“Over the years we have set up big totals, chased after big totals, we are really not afraid of them. We always encourage our players to make the positive choice. We have expressed ourselves as we always do.”
India Captain Virat Kohli: “We put in a good total. We started really well with the new ball, but I thought England knocked out well. These are some of the most amazing strikes you can see.”
England captain Jose Butler: “I’m happy with the players’ reaction. We did a very good bowling alley to tie India to that total. The way the players batted, intent and partnerships, made it a great chase.”
Man of the Match Johnny Bayerstow: “I thought we were perfect in the last game, so today we had the same plan. Ben had some fun shots and it was all about his own strike.”