India level series 1-1 at Kochi
Ravindra Jadeja starred with an allround display as India beat England by 127 runs at Kochi in the second ODI on Tuesday to level the ODI series 1-1.
Batting first on a pitch proclaimed to be a belter, India had been reduced to 18/2 as England’s opening bowlers found assistance with movement. Yuvraj Singh (32) and Virat Kohli (37) steadied the progress with a 53 run partnership for the 3rd wicket but neither could turn them into substantial scores.
Kohli seemed particularly intent on a big knock after his recent poor run. With Suresh Raina, he had added 49 for the fourth wicket and was beginning to look fluent in his knock when he holed off a full, widish delivery. At 119/4 in the 26th over, India had to rebuild again.
Raina and MS Dhoni set to work at that with 55 run partnership for the fifth wicket, ensuring India set up a base for a later assault with wickets still in hand. Raina fell just before the final 10 overs though, bowled while he was going for a slog in the Batting powerplay. At 177/5 it seemed India’s best chance was only of a 240 total.
Dhoni began to go for the shots and raced towards his fifty while Jadeja settled in at the other end. From 15 off 21b, Jadeja tore into Chris Woakes while Dhoni took care of the rest.
111 runs came off the last 10 overs, 68 of those in the last 5 overs as Jadeja brought up his 50 off just 35 deliveries. He finished on 61* (37b, 8x4, 2x6), taking India to 285/6.
India’s defense then began on a great note, Shami Ahmed removing the in-form Ian Bell in just the second over. Bhuvneshwar Kumar showed promise at the other end and was kept on for an extended spell which turned out to be a great move from Dhoni. Alastair Cook was trapped LBW by Kumar after a 54 run stand with Pietersen. A few overs later, Kumar removed Pietersen and Eoin Morgan in a double wicket maiden as England slid to 74/4. Kumar finished his 10 quota bowling unchanged with remarkable figures of 10-2-29-3.
Craig Kieswetter and Joe Root found it hard to score after that. The fielding added to England’s woes, tying down Root and Kieswetter as the required rate soared. They had just begin to find runs when Kieswetter pulled Ashwin tamely straight into Raina’s hands at midwicket, ending the 37 run 5th wicket partnership that came off 65 deliveries.
Root and Samit Patel added 22 at a good rate before Jadeja struck with the ball, getting both Root and Woakes with arm balls in the 31st over. 132/7 turned to 135/9 two overs later when Ashwin first trapped James Tredwell LBW then had Steven Finn given out caught behind off the next ball. On a hattrick, he bowled short to Dernbach.
Patel launched into Ashwin in his next over with two fours, a six and another four off the first four deliveries for 18 runs. Then a dot ball followed. Seeking to retain strike, he challenged Jadeja at short leg with a single off the last ball off the over. Jadeja won, his throw giving Dhoni enough time to run Jade Dernbach out and seal a massive 127 run series leveling win for India.
Jadeja was adjudged Man of the Match for his 61* (his first 50 in an India win), bowling figures of 7-1-12-2 and run out.