Indian team clinched second ODI in Cuttack by 15 runs, despite a magnificent hundred from captain Eoin Morgan, and thus sealed the three-match ODI series 2-0. Ravichandran Ashwin was the highest wicket-taker for India, with three wickets.
In their quest to chase down a mammoth total of 381 runs, England started off by scoring few boundaries in the first three overs, until Jasprit Bumrah got rid of Alex Hales up for just 14. Much to Virat’s amusement, India got the wicket well within the power-play.
Putting their guard next were Jason Roy and Joe Root, both of whom put up a partnership of 100 runs in the span of around 15 overs. Both batsmen notched up fifties later in the innings. Bringing in Ravichandran Ashwin did the job for captain Kohli, as he picked up the big fish Root on 54. Assisting him well on the other hand, Ravindra Jadeja contained runs and did put pressure back on the visitors.
The left-arm spinner got his reward later on, when he completely outfoxed the well-settled Jason Roy for 82. Punished for playing the wrong line, Roy was cleaned up by Jadeja in his ninth over. Just an over later, Ashwin got rid of Stokes, finding his stumps for just one. His wicket tally read three, after he picked wicket-keeper Jos Buttler for 10.
Two left-handers Moeen Ali and Eoin Morgan then took charge and anchored their side innings with some lusty blows. Both the batters stamped their presence and a dropped catch from Ravindra Jadeja helped their cause too.
During the mid-overs, came a point when MS Dhoni was seen asking Virat Kohli to hit the stumps saying, ‘Pakad ke maarde Cheeku’.
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India’s front-line seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar then joined the party and dented England’s chances of coming close to the target by picking up Moeen Ali for 55. His slower balls tricked the southpaw in the end. Jasprit followed his footsteps and found Woakes in the very next over.
Morgan and Plunkett didn’t lose any hope and marshaled to achieve the target. In the process, captain Morgan played possibly one of his best innings to complete his ninth ODI hundred but eventually got run-out by Bumrah in the penultimate over.
The match was almost sealed as Bhuvneshwar Kumar defended 22 runs off the last over by just conceding six and guiding his side home with 15 runs left as deficit.
India will now face the visitors in the dead rubber in Kolkata on Sunday, January 22.
India – 381/6; Yuvraj Singh 150(127), MS Dhoni 134(122), Chris Woakes 4/60.
England – Eoin Morgan 102(81), Jason Roy 82(73), Ravichandran Ashwin 3/65.