Virat's Ton Powers India to victory against England in the 2nd ODI
Virat Kohli's 100 helped India to another win & was awarded the man of the Match as he rised up to 4th position in the ODI batsman rankings it even helped Team India to movie to no.4 position in ODI.
The opening bowlers both Praveen & Vinay grabbed captain Cook and in
form Kieswetter for ducks in the 1st over of their spells. When England captain
won the toss and elected to bat 1st, Dhoni was more than happening stating that
he had wanted to chase considering the dew factor later on and the Indians were
not disappointed after getting a bright start with the ball. Trott and Kevin
found it tough to get going but looked to settle down by hitting a few
boundaries later on. Trott was beginning to look comfortable just when Vinay
stuck another blow and he fell for just 34 leaving England in tatters.
Bopara and Kevin Pieterson were doing the repair work and both were looking
in good touch. Bopara was rotating strikes well and Kevin Pieterson was looking
as solid as a rock even whacking Jadeja for 2 big sixes in an over. Partnership
was being build but things changes yet again and Ashwin spun Bopara plumb in
front of the wicket. Kevin Pieterson was nearing his 50 but fell short by 4 as
Yadav fiery ball gave Dhoni the catch of he match. England top batsmen were
back to the pavilion as the scorecard read 121 for the fall of 5 wickets. Young
Bairstow got the feel of the real heat of Indian conditions and was joined by
Samit Patel at the other end. Both slowly tried to built a good partnership and
they managed to do just that at the right time for the visitors. Rotating the
strikes cleverly and hitting good boundaries they took the England score to 207
when India stuck with 2 back to back blows taking both Patel and Bairstow. The
Tail could not do much and England were all out for just 237. Vinay Kumar was
the hero with the ball grabbing 4 -30 in his lethal spell. Virat Kohli also bowled
a brilliant spell of 5 overs giving away
just 18 runs.
India began the chase confidently as Parthiv Patel was striking the ball
well. Unfortunately both Rahane and Patel fell for 14 and 12 respectively and
in came Gautam Gambhir and young Virat Kohli. From hereon the Indians were unbeatable.
The Delhi boys were on fire. They grounded the ball when needed and carted it
hard when required. Both Virat Kohli & Gambhir ensured that the run rate
was never out of the reach and the boundaries were flowing consistently from
their bats. The England bowlers were left clueless. Even their best bowlers
could not do anything to stop the deadly Indian duo. Virat Kohli punched the
ball up to reach to his 100 and it came at a right time for him. It was a
magnificent 100 by Virat Kohli as he went on to make 112 and Gambhir scored
superb at 84 towards the end and both remained unbeaten taking India to victory
by 8 wickets and Virat Kohli was awarded the Man of the Match in the 2nd ODI against England.
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