Post Match Analysis: England vs India: 2nd ODI

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It was sheer heartbreak for India as they could not get past England’s target of 246.

They fell short by a massive gap of 100 runs.

Reece Topley recorded his best figures for England in an ODI match.

Starting with the toss, Rohit Sharma won it and decided to have a bowl.

Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow did well for England from the start.

The hosts’ intentions were looking pretty solid as they piled up a massive total of 246 all out.

Some handy contributions from Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali and David Willey ensured that England’s bowlers had a defendable target.

India needed 247 to win the game and go 2-0 up.

But it was not meant to be as India started collapsing pretty early on.

The top order failed to score many runs.

The contributions came from the middle and lower-middle-order batsmen but by that time, India were out of the race.

Topley completely crushed India and took 6/24 from 9.5 overs.

In the end, India just crumbled and England levelled the series 1-1.

Player of the Match

Reece Topley for his 6/24 (9.5) and 3 (7)

Post Match Reactions

Rohit Sharma, India captain, said that they bowled pretty well to restrict the English side to under 250. Mentioned that 246 was an easy target to chase for them. Added that they need to improve upon their fielding aspect of the game and they could have taken more catches. Said that the pitch took him by surprise in the second innings and they need to adapt to new conditions quickly. Mentioned that their policy against top teams is to play 5 bowlers and 1 allrounder and the top order needs to perform well. Concluded by saying that the last game will be a thriller and they will do their best to win it.

Jos Buttler, England skipper, was happy with the way his team played and was delighted with the win. Mentioned that it was a bat-first kind of wicket so they knew they had a chance in the second innings. Added that the partnership between Moeen Ali and David Willey was crucial for the team. Added that he knew that taking early wickets and putting pressure on the opposition will reap rewards for them. Praised Topley for his performance and said that he bowled brilliantly. Ended by saying that they have not been able to put up better performances, but today’s performance has been good.

Next Match

India and England will play the last ODI match on the 17th of July at Old Trafford.

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