India vs England 2nd ODI: Riding high on 1st ODI run chase, India aim to clinch series
Team India is looking ahead to clinch the series with a superb win against England in the second One Day International match, in Cuttack on Thursday.
Riding high on the success of big run-chases recently, Team India is looking ahead to clinch the series with a superb win against England in the second One Day International match in Cuttack on Thursday. The Day and Night match will start at 1:30 pm at Barabati Stadium. Security has been tightened in the city ahead of the match not to repeat the infamous stalling of a T20I match in 2015 when angry mob pelted stones at players and interrupted the game as India was on the verge of losing to South Africa.
Virat Kohli who played his first match as Team India ODI captain has proved his mettle smashing 17 centuries with a superb average of 97 plus. Kedar Jadhav has proved his resourcefulness in the 1st ODI with a quick century in just 65 balls.
India has set a new ODI record by being the only team to have chased 350-plus runs thrice. Kohli can take credit for these victories for driving his team to win by scoring centuries in each, but Jadhav was the real surprise for English bowlers who fell victims to his superb knock in the 1st ODI.
English skipper Eoin Morgan had no clue how to tackle the menacing Indian batsmen who were demolishing the English bowlers.
Obviously, India has the advantage when they will be playing England in the 2nd ODI. In cards, the prospects are good for the home team. India won 11 out of 15 ODI matches in the past.
“We went to alternative plans, primarily trying to get Virat off strike. But we certainly did not expect Jadav to play like that. India kept up with the rate, and kept coming, and the wicket allowed them to do that,” Morgan was quoted as saying to The Hindu.
But, moisture in the pitch may be crucial factor in deciding the outcome of the match, say experts, since the dew normally settle by 5.30pm and toss will be very crucial to decide which team will take advantage of the moisture.