Thursday, 19 January 2017

India vs England - 2nd ODI Cricket

19 Jan 2017

India vs England - 2nd ODI Cricket at Cuttack

India win series with Yuvraj and Dhoni tons

India vs England
381/6 (50) 366/8 (50)
India won by 15 runs
Photo © BCCI

Remember the time chasing was hard in ODIs? A second match of this series assumed heart-stopping proportions as a flat track, a fast outfield, short boundaries and batsmen with self-belief the size of a small planet came together. India put up 381, fuelled by a career-best 150 from Yuvraj Singh and a 10th hundred from MS Dhoni. But they only just came away the victors of the match, and the series, as Eoin Morgan responded with one of the great innings by a batsman in England colours.

Beyond the runs Morgan made [102 off 81], beyond his ball-striking and the weird areas he exploited with those whiplash wrists - his composure under pressure was unreal. There were over 40, 000 people in Cuttack bellowing for the home team. The Indian spinners had done well despite the dew to complicate matters. The required run-rate had nudged over 10 at the end of the 36th over but, since England had lost half their side by then, Morgan had to wait. He was 46 off 48 balls. He would later defend his way through an R Ashwin over because after that it would be him against the Indian quicks. He was gambling, and it was even paying off for a while. But the odds were stacked too heavily against him.

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