India skipper Virat Kohli said losing three wickets early on in 323-run chase made it impossible for his team to bounce back against England in the second ODI.
India succumbed to a 86-run loss at Lord’s as England bounced back to level the three match ODI series 1-1.
Batting first, England put up 322 in 50 overs as Joe Root smashed a brilliant 113 off 116 balls. The England Test skipper was ably supported ODI captain Eoin Morgan (53) and David Willey (50*).
In reply, India got off to a solid start as Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan stitched a 49-run partnership for the first wicket. But then English bowlers sprung in action as they took three wickets in a space of four overs including that of the openers and KL Raul.
Kohli and Suresh Raina then did well to add 80 runs for the fourth wicket but India’s chances were dealt a major blow when the Indian skipper fell to Moeen Ali.
Kohli’s dismissal opened the floodgates as India kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. They were eventually bowled out for 236.
“We started pretty well with the bat, it was a good wicket, it got slower but when we lost three wickets in three overs that hurt us. I thought that’s where we fell behind. Credit to the bowlers, they stuck to their guns,” said Kohli after the match.
The 29-year-old also praised England spinners Ali and Adil Rashid, who took three wickets and leaked only 80 runs in 20 overs.
“Moeen and Rashid are both quality bowlers in this format and sensed we couldn’t take risks. They created pressure in the middle overs.”
Indian bowlers including Siddarth Kaul, who had pretty good outing in the first match, were rendered ineffective by English batsmen in the second match. But Kohli said the team management wants to “test the new guys.”
“We always want to test the character of the new guys, we expect these guys to do the job. It’s a great thing to test our new guys and it’s important how they bounce back. Today was a day when we couldn’t get going,” said Kohli
MS Dhoni, who became the 4th India to score 10000 runs in ODI cricket on Saturday, came under some criticsm for scoring a slow 37 off 59 balls.
Kohli, however, defended his former captain saying people “just wait to jump on him.”
“This thing comes up whenever he (Dhoni) doesn’t have a good day. People just wait to jump on him. On days when things don’t work, it can happen and immediately, people jump on him. Today was a bad day for all of us, not just him,” signed off Kohli.