‘Poor approach, defensive mindset’: Twitter lambasts Indian batsmen after their horrendous performance in the second ODI

 ‘Poor approach, defensive mindset’: Twitter lambasts Indian batsmen after their horrendous performance in the second ODI

England vs India: (Image Source: Twitter)

The second match of the ODI series between India and England got underway on Thursday evening. Indian Captain Rohit Sharma once again called correctly at the toss and chose to bowl first on a bright sunny morning at the historic Lord’s stadium in London.

The big news from the Indian team was Virat Kohli’s recovery from the groin injury that kept him out of the first ODI and the batter was all set to play the second match of the series.

The England opener began their innings cautiously and decided to ‘see off’ their chief tormenter from the previous game ‘Jasprit Bumrah’ who was breathing fire once again. The England team lost their first wicket at the score of 41 as out-of-form Jason Roy was once again dismissed cheaply.

Wrist Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal quickly came into the act in the middle overs as he spun a web around the English batsmen and scalped the wickets of Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Ben Stokes in quick succession leaving England reeling at 102/5.

Some gritty innings from Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali and David Willey resurrected the England innings and got them to the total of 246. Chahal turned out to be the thorn in England’s flesh as he picked up 4/47 in his ten overs.

The Indian openers strolled out to the middle expecting to once again chase down the target comfortably but much to their surprise England’s opening bowlers Reece Topley and David Willey didn’t give an inch to the batsmen as they rattled the Indian openers.

They quickly got amongst the wickets as Toppley trapped Rohit Sharma in front of the stumps once again with a late in-swinging delivery.

The dismissal opened the flood gates as Indian batsmen had no answer to England’s high-class bowling. India were reduced to 31/4 thanks to the relentless bowling effort by English seamers. Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav tried to stitch a partnership and added 42 runs for the fifth wicket before Yadav played a delivery by Topley back onto his stumps.

The Indian chase could never come back on track after the early blows as the batsmen kept losing wickets trying to keep up with the required rate. Reece Toppley picked up his career-best figures of 6-24 as England crushed India by 100 runs levelling the three-match series by 1-1.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to India’s loss:

https://twitter.com/Benstokesfan55/status/1547587608716275712?s=20&t=hEyBIh68FydhXnkjTY9STQ

 

Bethive Staff

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