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India vs England: 2nd ODI at Delhi

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9.50pm: England always had their backs to the fall from the moment they lost their opening batsmen without a run on the board in the first two overs of the match. While England did well from there to score 237, none of their batsmen played an innings substance with the highest being Kevin Pietersen's 46.

England's cause wasn't helped by the fact they lost most of their wickets in pairs and as a result never really managed to press home whatever advantage they had in the face of some terrific bowling by India's seamers and outstanding fielding especially by Kohli and Suresh Raina. Vinay Kumar who took a career-best 4 for 30 was the pick of India's bowlers by a distance.

India's run chase got off to a bad start as they lost both their opening batsmen - Ajinkya Rahane and Parthiv Patel - with only 29 runs on the board inside the first seven overs. Kohli and Gambhir saw off some brilliant bowling by Steven Finn early in their innings but gradually grew in confidence and most importantly didn't let the pressure get to them as they found the boundaries at regular intervals and also ran well between the wickets to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

They were helped by some shoddy bowling and fielding as well as some defensive and unimaginative captaincy on Cook's part. This is now essentially a three-match series for England and they will have to lift themselves up after two thumping defeats as a massive test of character awaits them in the remainder of the series.

Twitter reactions:

Harsha Bhogle – “kohli looks a special player. now needs to replicate this across conditions and formats consistently. looks so much more mature too”

Aakash Chopra – “Top performance by India. Bowlers set it up nicely, batsmen finished it off in style :)”

Ayaz Memon – “fast bwlrs defanged by the conditions, Eng look very ordinary. Do they have the skills&gumption to come back from here?”


Kohli and Gambhir

Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir took India to a thumping victory with an unbroken partnership of 209 runs for the third wicket.

9.25pm: And, it's all over and Kohli deservedly hits the winning runs as he dispatches Dernbach to the deep midwicket boundary. Kohli (112) and Gambhir (84)'s unbeaten partnership of 209 runs in 29.5 overs for the third wicket leads India to yet another comprehensive win over England with 80 balls to spare and take a 2-0 lead in the series.

9.11pm: Virat Kohli scores his seventh ODI hundred and second in three innings. Kohli, who scored his century off 89 deliveries, scored his runs on both sides of the wicket and has made batting look easy. Gambhir has more than played his part as well and has been solid. The Delhi boys have made the England attack look ordinary and taken India to the verge of yet another thumping victory.


Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir took India out of trouble in their run chase with a well-paced partnership for the third wicket.

8.39pm: The spread out field is playing into India's hands as Kohli and Gambhir are picking out the gaps in the field without taking too many risks. Cook has certainly missed a trick by not being more aggressive with his field placements after England took those two early wickets, but full credit to Kohli and Gambhir for not letting the pressure get to them. Top batting by the duo and some sloppy fielding isn't helping England's cause either.

8.26pm: Gambhir and Kohli have both scored well-made 50s and the pair have already added more than 100 runs for the third wicket to set India firmly on the way to taking a 2-0 lead in the series. England's bowlers and Cook seem to be running out of ideas how to stop Gambhir and Kohli, who are both playing pace and spin beautifully and also running well between the wickets.

Samit Patel and Swann aren't making any impression on the Indian duo and all they need to do now is bat sensibly as there is no pressure whatsoever. The required run rate is now under 4 per over and the game has almost slipped past England. Kohli and Gambhir have ensured there weren't further hiccups after the openers had been dismissed with only 29 runs on the board.


Trott and Gambhir

Jonathan Trott and Gautam Gambhir were involved in a heated exchange of words.

7.51pm: Finn's first spell figures of 5-0-28-0 is mighty misleading for he bowled at some serious pace, beat the batsmen a few times and also got them to edge a few deliveries, but they either fell just short of the fielder or in the gap. He is mighty unlucky to not have anything to show for some tremendous bowling.

Swann is getting some purchase from the wicket, but it his spell that will be crucial to England's hopes of a win. Cook is way too defensive in his field placements at the moment and Matthew Hoggard rightly says during commentary that aggressive field placements are the need of the hour at the moment for England. Gambhir and Kohli though are looking comfortable for the most part in the middle.

7.46pm: The Delhi boys - Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir - have added 50 runs for the third wicket off only 42 balls for the third wicket to put India firmly in the driver's seat. Cook needs to marshall his bowling resources smartly now and also be proactive with his field placements if England are to get back in this match and level the series.


Tim Bresnan celebrates

Tim Bresnan gave England two early breakthroughs when he dismissed India's opening batsmen Parthiv Patel and Ajinkya Rahane.

7.10pm: Steven Finn has been working up some serious pace and most of his deliveries have crossed the 140kph+ mark. He has already touched the 150kph mark a couple of times.

But, it is Bresnan who takes his second wicket as Rahane fails yet again. Rahane had hit a boundary off the first ball of the 7th over and then top-edged a six off an attempted hook, but the shot proved to be his downfall off the next delivery as a well-directed bouncer tempted the batsman to attempt another hook shot but this time it was caught by Jade Dernbach at long leg. England are making a match of this.

6.53pm: There's the early breakthrough that England needed. Parthiv hit a couple of well-timed boundaries, but couldn't take advantage of Swann's dropped catch at second slip off Tim Bresnan's bowling. Luckily for Swann though, Cook didn't make a similar mistake at mid-on where he took a good catch above his head to eventually give Bresnan his first wicket of the match.

Delhi boy Gautam Gambhir now walks out to join Rahane on his home ground.

6.45pm: As a matter of interest, there were 177 dot balls in England's innings. That's a mighty chunk of the deliveries they faced.

To see pictures of England’s innings, click here.

6.35pm: All set for India's run chase of 238. Ajinkya Rahane and Parthiv Patel will look to get India off to a good start, while England will look to make early inroads.

The good news for England's bowling attack is there is no sign of dew. Graeme Swann, especially, will be mighty relieved at that.


Ashwin celebrates

R Ashwin was a touch expensive but he also took the important wicket of Ravi Bopara.

Aakash Chopra is all praise for Umesh Yadav and tweets: “You may disagree with me but I liked the way Umesh Yadav bowled. Pace, bounce and some movement. Can do better but then who can't.”

He also has words of praise for Ashwin in this tweet: “Also the more I see of Ashwin the more he impresses me. Not afraid to flight the ball, got good variations and always looks to take wickets.”

5.50pm: England fail to not only bat their 50 overs but are also unable to cross the 250-run mark. A misunderstanding stemming from an overthrow led to Jade Dernbach's run out as England are all out for 237 in 48.2 overs. None of the England batsmen scored a half-century and only two (Pietersen and Patel) crossed the 40-run mark. England had a horror start losing their opening batsmen without any runs on the board, and while it is a commendable comeback from that situation, they are at least 15-20 runs short on this pitch.

The saving grace for England's innings was the 73-run partnership between Pietersen and Bopara for the fourth wicket and the 86-run partnership between Bairstow and Patel, but most of the wickets fell in pairs and it's tough for any batting team to build momentum in this situation. Some of England's shot selection was also questionable.

Vinay Kumar deservedly led the Indian team off the field for his career-best figures of 9-1-30-4. Good effort by the rest of the bowlers and even Virat Kohli impressed with his part-time bowling. The faster bowlers outshone the spinners, but they combined as a unit to restrict England. The Indian team's fielding was top-notch too with Raina and Kohli being the pick of the fielders.

5.34pm: Vinay Kumar, who was mighty impressive in his first spell, comes back and takes his third wicket in the first delivery of his second spell as he sends Graeme Swann's off-stump cartwheeling. The ball though did keep a touch low and this may cause concerns among India's batsmen. And, he struck again in the last delivery of that over as he had Tim Bresnan caught by Raina at deep mid-off when the batsman attempted a big hit, when he may have been better off taking a single and retaining the strike. Can England bat out their 50 overs? Super stuff by Vinay Kumar!

Jonny Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow and Samit Patel put together a good partnership but were dismissed in quick succession.

5.26pm: Catches win matches goes the cricketing adage and this effort from Kohli at long off is a stunner. Bairstow came down the pitch to Jadeja and sliced the ball and for a moment it looked as though it would cross the boundary rope but Kohli timed his jump to perfection and plucked the ball out of the air.

Bairstow out for a well-made 35 off 49 balls, but for the second time in the match England have lost a couple of wickets in quick succession and this may hurt their chances of getting a 250+ score, which well be a good total to defend on this small ground and quick outfield.

5.17pm: Umesh Yadav lost his radar to an extent in the 42nd over and sprayed a couple of wide deliveries as Dhoni's fingers took a battering, but he redeemed himself by trapping Samit Patel plumb in front for a career-best 42 with a delivery that stayed really low. Advantage India again as the 86-run partnership between Patel and Bairstow ends.

5.08pm: Good effort by Ashwin and Kumar in the batting powerplay as England only manged to score 36 runs in the five overs with Samit Patel being the more aggressive of the batsmen. Ashwin was a touch expensive in the powerplay and ends with figures of 10-0-56-1. He mixed up his deliveries well though in the middle overs.

Patel has also reached his highest score in ODIs and his partnership with Bairstow is giving England's score some respectability, but they will need to start stepping it up soon.

4.53pm: England have had no choice but to take the batting powerplay from the 36th over. Bairstow and Patel will want to take maximum advantage in these 30 deliveries. This could be England's chance to regain some of the initiative.

Meanwhile, a short while back, Kohli chose not to run out Patel who was backing up too far at the non-striker's end. Sporting gesture that.

4.40pm: India's fielding has been good in this match with Suresh Raina the pick of the fielders. He may look out of his depth in white clothing while batting, but he is a live wire on the field. Meanwhile, Bairstow and Patel are sticking it out in the middle and have survived some testing moments. And, Yadav has been working up some good pace and has come back really well after the pounding he took in his first over. This looks a very different Indian side in terms of body language than the one in the nightmarish tour of England.


Ayaz Memon (@cricketwallah) tweets: “Umesh Yadav has worked up impressive pace in both matches. If he is a fast improver, would be of high value in Oz series...”

Fair point about Umesh; but what about Varun Aaron, who is still to make his debut for India? Aaron has good pace too, but he needs to be given a chance sooner than later to make his case against England to make a case for himself not only for the series against West Indies but also for the Australia tour.

Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) tweets: “Ashwin showing that going around the wicket is an attacking option too...provided you're willing to flight the ball n bowl an off-stump line”. Chopra is also all praise for Vinay Kumar in this tweet: “Also must give credit where it's due...Vinay bowled really well in this game.”


Vinay Kumar

Vinay Kumar was impressive in his first spell at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

4.09pm: Ashwin has trapped Bopara plumb in front just when it looked as the Bopara-Pietersen partnership was taking England to safety. Bopara (36 off 50 balls) failed to get a long stride in to a delivery that turned from the middle and leg stump; umpire Billy Bowden was quick to raise the finger and uphold the appeal.

And, if that wasn't bad enough, Yadav struck in the very next over (the 26th of the England innings) as he had Pietersen well caught behind the stumps by Dhoni as the tourists slipped to 121 for 5. Pietersen, who scored a 55-ball 46, edged a wide delivery from Yadav and Dhoni caught it just above the ground and KP had to walk off after the catch was confirmed clean by the TV umpire.

A serious test of character now for Jonny Bairstow and Samit Patel.

4.02pm: Pietersen brought up England's six with a lofted straight drive off Jadeja and then followed it up with another maximum off the next delivery. Pietersen and Bopara need to watch their running between wickets as they are having problems with their caling and there have already been a couple of close shaves. Theirs is an important partnership for England.

Meanwhile, Yadav has made a good comeback in the first over of his second spell as he only conceded three runs and also beat Pietersen with his pace.

3.53pm: Vinay Kumar was brilliant in his first spell of 7-1-25-2; and he hardly bowled a bad delivery. Impressive effort from him.

The same though can't be said of Umesh Yadav, who was brought into the attack in the 16th over - the first of the bowling powerplay, as Ravi Bopara hit three boundaries.  As a result, Yadav was pulled out of the bowling attack and it is now spin in tandem with R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. This could very well be the defining period of the match.

England scored 27 runs in the bowling powerplay and 12 of those came off the Yadav over. Ashwin and Jadeja have had a good start, but Pietersen and Bopara are putting together a good partnership for England.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted some time back: “I really think KP has to come to the party today...Too good a player not to be scoring big runs consistently in ODI cricket.”

England will hope Pietersen proves Vaughan right and plays a gem of a knock to rescue the visitors from a difficult position.

3.23 pm: India got a wicket off the last ball of the first powerplay when Trott threw away his good start to leave England 48 for 3. Trott had hit a couple of boundaries off Vinay Kumar in that over, but edged the last delivery to Dhoni behind the stumps. Trott (34 in 37 balls) was looking good and appeared set to take England out of trouble, and will be disappointed with the manner of his dismissal.

Meanwhile, Dhoni sprung a surpise by getting Virat Kohli as the first-change bowler to bowl the 11th over.

3.11 pm: Dhoni came up to the stumps in the ninth over bowled by Praveen Kumar in a bid to stop Pietersen from advancing the pitch and remained there even for Trott. Could this also be to make allowance for the slow nature of the Kotla track?

Cook out

England captain Alastair Cook was out in the fourth delivery of the match.

3:05pm: England's score read 3-2 after 4 overs; but the fifth over of the match bowled by Praveen cost 17 runs including four boundaries - three by Trott and one by Pietersen. Trott in fact hit his boundaries off the first three deliveries of the over as Praveen started straying down the leg side, which he did again in the seventh over.

Trott has been middling most of the deliveries he has played so far, while Pietersen is looking to play himself in. India's fielding also has been good so far except for a couple of fumbles.

2:45pm: Horror start for England, but a dream start for India as the visitors lose both their opening batsmen with no runs on the board. Praveen Kumar had Cook well caught by Ravindra Jadeja at backward point and then Virat Kohli at slip caught Craig Kieswetter as Vinay Kumar gave India the second breakthrough.

The onus is now on the under-pressure Kevin Pietersen and the calm Jonathan Trott to consolidate England's innings.

Follow the match scores here.

Raina, Kohli and Dhoni

Indian skipper MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli at a practice session on the eve of the second ODI against England.

Toss: England captain Alastair Cook has won the toss and elected to bat at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Both the teams are unchanged. Ian Bell is mighty unlucky to sit out again as he is not only a class act, but is also one of England’s best players of spin bowling. Meanwhile, Varun Aaron’s endless wait to debut for India goes on.

Dhoni said he would have bowled first had he won the toss because of the dew factor at this time of the year.

In pre-match talk, England pacer Jade Dernbach has admitted England need to dismiss Dhoni early. And, the match preview says it is advantage India at the Kotla. The weather is also expected to play an important role in the outcome of this match.

1st ODI Recap: Skipper MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina’s half-centuries helped India score 300 for 7 in the first ODI at Hyderabad on October 14 before the spin duo of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja weaved a web around the English batsmen as the hosts finally put one over England with a thumping 126-run win. To re-live the action from the first ODI, read the blog here.


Ground's name: Ferozeshah Kotla

First match: India vs Sri Lanka on Sep 15, 1982

Total matches played: 20

Sides batting first: Won 8 matches

Sides batting second: Won 11 matches

India played: 15 matches - won 9, lost 5

England played: 3 matches - won 2; lost 1

HIGHEST INNINGS TOTALS 330-8 (50), West Indies vs Netherlands, Feb 28, 2011

For India: 289-6 (50) vs Australia, Oct 22, 1987 ; 289-3(50) vs New Zealand, Nov 3, 1994

For England: 271-5 (50) vs India, Jan 31, 2002

LOWEST INNINGS TOTALS 115 (31.3), Netherlands vs West Indies, Feb 28, 2011

For India: 144 (37) v Pakistan, April 17, 2005

For England: 164 (38.1) v India, March 28, 2006

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