England fall short after thrilling game in Cuttack
India v England Second ODI Review
England once again fell short after a thrilling second One-Day International in Cuttack as the Three Lions fought bravely to chase down what would have been the second highest run chase in ODI history.
After losing the First ODI against India on Sunday, England were eager to bounce back with a win and with three early wickets coming from Chris Woakes – the visitors were feeling optimistic of an upset in front of the boisterous crowd.
As India were 25-3 after just 4.4 overs with Virat Kohli dismissed for just 8 runs, this was England’s best chance of leveling the series.
However the experience of veterans Yuvraj Singh (150) and MS Dhoni (134) halted England’s bowling attack as both batsmen produced moments of magic (with a bit of luck – as Jake Ball dropped Dhoni on 43), with a partnership of 256 to put pressure back on the Three Lions.
England struggled to find a breakthrough until Lancashire’s Jos Buttler caught Singh behind the stumps with Chris Woakes once again claiming the wicket which seemed to slow down the boundaries for the hosts, who finished their innings on 381.
Chasing 382 to win, Alex Hales (14) was the first Englishman to given his marching orders after what has been a disappointing start to 2017 for the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club batsman. However, his dismissal ignited England’s fight back with Joe Root (54) and Jason Roy (82) working together to help England bring up their 100, before Root was caught by Kohli on 128-2.
Eoin Morgan (102) was England’s star man during the game and put in a Captains performance to bring the Three Lions close to victory after Ben Stokes (1) and Jos Buttler (11) both struggled with the conditions.
On 349-7 by the 48th over, there was a nervy atmosphere amongst the home crowd with the England captain driving the Three Lions closer to victory - but after his run out by Bumrah, England couldn’t find that final push to make it over the line and finished 15 runs behind India.
Although England produced a thrilling and excellent run chase, the Three Lions will need to re-group and attempt to leave on a high note with a win in Calcutta.
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