England trounce India by 86 runs to level ODI Series.

Hosts England put in a clinical display with bat and ball to beat India at Lords Cricket Ground.

The second game of the one-day series saw England beat India by 86 runs at Lords Cricket Ground. Eoin Morgan made a correct choice by opting to bat first on a surface that considerably slowed down in the second innings. Liam Plunkett was the star of the show with the ball for India. Joe Root came back to form in style as he struck a splendid hundred to help England post 322 runs.

Chasing 322 runs to win, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan got India off to a steady start. The duo added 49 runs. Pace bowler Mark Wood provided the crucial breakthrough for England as he dismissed Sharma for 15. Dhawan also could not last long at the crease as Willey dismissed him for 36 runs to reduce India to 57 for 2 after 10 overs.

Lokesh Rahul completely misjudged the length from Liam Plunkett and was dismissed for a duck. Indian Captain Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina led the fightback for India. The duo added 80 runs as India looked well placed at 140 for 3 after 26.5 overs. The turning point in the game came when Moeen Ali dismissed Kohli to see India lose the momentum in the game. Raina also perished after trying to go for a big shot against Adil Rashid. Kohli scored 46 off 56 balls with the help of two fours.

MS Dhoni played an unusual knock for India. Former Indian Captain showed no signs of urgency and clearly struggled against the spinners. The asking rate climbed by every passing over in the innings. Hardik Pandya was dismissed by Plunkett as Buttler took an excellent take behind the stumps. Umesh Yadav perished for a duck as Rashid picked up his second wicket. Dhoni added another milestone in this game as he completed 10,000 runs in limited-overs cricket. The rest of the batting order could not put a fight as India were dismissed for 236 runs to see England level the three-match one-day series.

For England, Plunkett was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets. Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali also produced tidy spells for the hosts. Joe Root was named man of the match for his scintillating batting display. The third and final game of the one-day series will be played on 17th July at Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds.

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