Date: 17 July 2022
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
Ball-by-ball commentary: SportsTiger App
England made a befitting comeback in the second ODI after the hammering in the first match. Despite not posting too many runs on the board, England made the chase a daunting task with some fiery bowling. Reece Topley was the leader of the pack as the pacer scalped six wickets. He ran through the batting lineup of India and never allowed any batter to settle. Now, with England winning the second ODI, the three-match series stands level at 1-1 with the decider to be played on Sunday. It will be interesting to see how the two teams react in the final match of the series.
The Old Trafford pitch is one of those pitches that has something for everyone. The batters enjoy the even pace and bounce and can play their shots with ease. Meanwhile, pacers get some swing initially and the spinners come into play later in the innings.
India were once again clinical with the ball as they bundled out England for 246. However, their batters let them down with shabby batting. It started with Rohit Sharma falling for a ten-ball duck and ended with Prasidh Krishna nicking one to Jos Buttler. All the batters struggled and it seemed they had no answers to the fiery bowling of Topley and David Willey.
Nonetheless, it’s a thing of the past and India will take learning and will try to put on improved performance. The Rohit Sharma-led team will eye a series win. There is not much India can change as they played almost the perfect side. Only the senior players will be asked to take more responsibility.
SportsTiger Playing XI of India
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Prasidh Krishna, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
After the horrors of Edgbaston, England made a comeback and they did it in some style. After posting a decent total of 246, they bowled out India for 146, winning the match by 100 runs. However, although England won, the team will need more contributions from the top order. Barring Bairstow, no batter showed promise while batting.
Root, Roy, Stokes, and Butter himself failed to play a big and impactful inning. Had Livingstone, Ali, and Willey not scored runs, it could have been a similar story as Edgbaston. In bowling, England had no complaints whatsoever. Topley did a perfect job, both with the new and the old ball. Willey also played a perfect supporting role.
SportsTiger Playing XI of England
Philip Salt, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Reece Topley, Craig Overton, Brydon Carse
England will be brimming with confidence after the win at Lord’s. They did everything right, especially while bowling. So, the Jos Buttler-led team remains favorites to win the series decider.
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