ENG vs IND 2nd ODI: Root, Willey cruise England to 322/7

Shubhanshu Sharma
Published on: 14 July 2018 1:53 PM GMT
ENG vs IND 2nd ODI: Root, Willey cruise England to 322/7 against India
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London: At a time when all the explosive English batsmen failed to do any destruction, the most technically correct batsman, Joe Root, smashed a brilliant hundred to cruise his team over the 300-run mark against India in the second One Day International (ODI) at the Lords Cricket ground here on Saturday.

With the help of his memorable hundred and a blistering 83-run partnership between Root and David Willey for the seventh wicket led England to a handsome total of 322/7 at the historic ground.

Root scored 113 runs off 116 balls and laced his inning with 8 fours and a six. Earlier, after electing to bat first, England got a solid start with openers Jason Roy (40 off 42, 4 fours, 1 six) and Jonny Bairstow (38 off 31, 5 fours, 1 six) adding 69 runs in 10.2 overs.

Skipper Eoin Morgan also played scored a well-made half-century scoring 53 runs off 51 balls with 4 fours and a six. The upcoming batsmen, however, failed to maintain the grip over the scoring rate and kept losing wickets.

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Ben Stokes scored 5 runs off 8 balls while Jos Buttler, who has been in the form of his life, got out after adding 4 runs off 7 balls. Moeen Ali also could not do much and departed at the individual score of 13 runs off 16 balls with a boundary.

Willey, however, played a brilliant cameo during the slog overs scoring 50 runs off just 31 balls and smashed 5 fours and a six.

Kuldeep Yadav was once again the pick of the bowlers as he plucked three wickets, though conceded 68 runs in 10 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal picked up a wicket and gave only 43 runs in his 10 overs, while Hardik Pandya (1/70) and Umesh Yadav (1/63) also got one wicket each. Siddharth Kaul (0/59) and Suresh Raina (0/18, 2 overs) remained wicket-less.

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It is surely not going to be easy for India to chase down a target as big as 323 runs at Lords which has longer boundaries as compared to other English grounds.

Shubhanshu Sharma

Shubhanshu Sharma

Writer has 6 years of experience in digital media. Presently working as Senior Sub Editor at newstrack.com. An avid reader and always willing to learn new things and techniques.

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