Young Team India fast bowler Prasidh Krishna has changed the template of the 2nd ODI to bring his side back in the picture with two quick wickets at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. England were 285 for one at one stage and lost three wickets within a span of just nine deliveries to reel at 287 for four but managed to arrest the loss of wickets to level the series at 1-1.
Chasing 337 runs, England came hard at the Indian bowler’s adding 110 runs for the first wicket to set up the platform. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow belted the Indian attack before an error in judgement provided India with their first breakthrough. It brought Ben Stokes in the middle, who looked in the mood today as he took the attack to the opposition from the first ball dismantling India completely.
Stokes and Bairstow went all guns blazing as they in some kind of a mission to finish the game quickly. In the process, Bairstow brought up fine century while Ben Stokes ended one run short off just 50 deliveries which triggered a mini-collapse as India chipped in with three quick wickets including two from Prasidh Krishna.
Prasidh Krishna knocks out Jos Buttler with a yorker
It was a pacy, searing yorker from Prasidh Krishna hitting right at the base of off stump, and the England captain Jos Buttler was late in getting his bat down. He was beaten for pace, beaten by the length and England are in a slight bit of bother here losing a couple of wickets in quick succession. The young fast bowler from Karnataka, who is into his 2nd international game used his height to brilliant effect to crash Buttler’s stumps. A horror day for Buttler comes to an end matching his two drop catches backed by a three-ball duck.
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However, debutant Liam Livingstone and Dawid Malan bailed their side with a sensible partnership to keep England on course to level terms on the series. Malan remained unbeaten on 16 runs while Livingstone impressed on his debut with an unbeaten 21-ball 27-run knock to seal the series with six wickets in hand.
Previously, India banked a big partnership from Virat Kohli and KL Rahul to set the stage for a big score before Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya ran a riot to post 336 runs at the end of 50 overs.