Yet another match on the on-going campaign of visitors (England) against the hosts (India) like the previous matches. No this is not the same England team who has made possible what was impossible looking after team India has posted 336 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in their allotted 50 overs. After losing the test series and later T-20 series followed by the first ODI match by 66 runs, team India was just there for another series win but England top order batsman have other ideas today who have humiliated the quality bowling attack of team India. Every Indian bowler conceded more than 6 runs per over and was very unsuccessful to derailed the chase for visitors.
England won the toss earlier and it was same story for visitors:
Although team India has lost their both openers at the scorecard of 37 runs by the end of 9 overs. At stage, Lokesh Rahul joined the crease alongside Virat Kohli to stop the further dents into the line-up. The pressure was there and England was at the top looking for another wicket to completely push the hosts at back foot.
But both of them have added 121 runs partnership for the third wicket before Virat Kohli (66 runs off 79 balls) was caught by Jos Butler on the delivery of Adil Rashid. Then walked in the ever flamboyant Rishabh Pant with 19 overs to go in the team India innings.
Expectations were from team India to reach at least 260 run mark for the fighting total. But Rishabh Pant has unleashed himself one more like he did in the recent times and added 113 runs in just 12.5 overs to almost shift the momentum from the England team. The partnership was broken by Tom Curran who picked up the wicket of KL Rahul who scored 108 runs off 114 balls.
Pant on the other end has destroyed the England bowling attack and was going close towards his century but Tom Curran has picked another crucial wicket to stop team India from a big score. Pant made 77 runs off 40 balls which featured 3 fours and 7 sixes to take the team India score over 300 runs.
The short cameo from Hardik Pandya in the end of 35 runs off 16 balls which included 4 sixes and 1 four to help team India posted 336 runs in their 50 overs.
England top-order batsman come with the plan of whirlwind batting:
The target of 337 runs from the team who has failed badly in the campaign so far was not possible. Right, it was not expecting anything from the England team to even think about the target. But this time and in the do and die situation to keep the series alive, England batsmen have produced the most surreal performance on the on-going tour for the first time ever.
From Jason Roy to Jonny Bairstow to Ben Stokes have added 287 runs total for the loss of 3 wickets in just 36.1 overs. For the first England openers have added 110 runs in just 16.3 overs while for second wicket Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes have added 175 runs in just 19.2 overs. The three top order batsman Jason Roy (55), Jonny Bairstow (124) which included 11 fours and 7 sixes, Ben Stokes (99) which included 4 fours and 10 sixes to almost confirm the England victory with 6 wickets to level the series by 1-1 and with one more game to go in the contest. England chased down the target of 337 in 43.3 overs with the loss of 4 wickets.