For England, Captain Alastair Cook who top scored with 44, while both Jos Buttler and Alex Hales scored 42 runs each as England somehow managed to save their faces in what other was a pathetic display of batting by the host.
For India, spinners were once again the key as they managed to stifle England. R Ashwin was pick of the bowlers returning with figures of 3/39 in 10 allotted overs.
At the toss, Indian skipper MS Dhoni has no hesitation in electing to bowl first. MS Dhoni and his boys are back at their favourite format and they are back to winning. Critics had always said that this team is more comfortable in the shorter format of the game. The fact that the players know a spell of good bowling or batting can change the outcome of the match clearly makes them play with a positive mindset. India will be hoping to perform equally well in the 3rd match of the series at Trent Bridge, Nottingham and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
Suresh Raina looked in sublime form in the second match. He survived the initial scares and did not rush. When he came to the crease, Tredwell was bowling with a good rhythm and looked confident having dismissed Rahane. But Raina kept playing each ball to its merit. He moved around the crease did not let Tredwell settle on his line and length. Rahane looked impressive too. He was in good form in Test series and was in fine touch in the second ODI. He and Rohit batted sensibly after India slumped to 19/2. This eased the pressure off Raina and Dhoni later, who took their time to settle in before going for the big shots. A major concern for Dhoni will still be Kohli. He was in bad form in the Test series, and now it seems he is out of luck too. India can only hope that he recovers from his bad form as soon as possible with not many matches left before the World Cup.