Bairstow-Stokes carnage helps England make light work of tall chase and level series

Brief scorecard: India 336/6 (KL Rahul 108, Rishabh Pant 77, Virat Kohli 66; Reece Topley 2/50, Tom Curran 2/83) lost to England 337/4 (Jonny Bairstow 124, Ben Stokes 99, Jason Roy 55; Prasidh Krishna 2/58, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1/63) by 6 wickets

India vs England 2nd ODI 2021, stats

  • A 175-run partnership between Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes for the second wicket led England to their fifth-highest successful run-chase in ODI cricket (337) and helped the visitors level the three-match series 1-1 with a six-wicket win against India at MCA Stadium in Pune.
  • It was England’s 17th ODI win over India in India and the 43rd overall in 102 meetings between the teams.
  • Bairstow, having missed out on a century in the first ODI, top-scored for England with a 112-ball 124, his 11th ODI century, studded with 11 fours and seven sixes. His partnerships with Jason Roy (110) and Stokes took the match away from India.
  • Stokes injected momentum into the run-chase with a stunning assault. The 52-ball 99, his 21st ODI fifty, featured 10 sixes and four fours as England accelerated towards the target after the 32nd over.
  • Earlier, KL Rahul shut down his critics with his fifth ODI century, a 114-ball 108 (7×4, 2×6), which helped India soar past the 300-run mark for the second consecutive match. He shared crucial century partnerships with captain Virat Kohli (121) and Rishabh Pant (113) to help the home side recover from 37 for two in the ninth over.
  • Pant, who replaced the injured Shreyas Iyer in the playing XI, provided India with the flourish they needed in the back half of the innings with a 40-ball 77. He took full advantage of the English bowlers erring with their lines and lengths as he struck seven sixes and three fours to propel India to 336 for six.
  • Kohli had earlier laid the foundation for Pant and Rahul’s pyrotechnics with a measured 79-ball 66, his 62nd ODI half-century. In the process, he also went past 10,000 runs in ODI cricket batting at No. 3 position. The Indian captain now has 10,046 runs, second only behind former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who scored 12,662 runs batting at No. 3.
  • Kohli, however, saw his bowlers hemorrhage runs under lights to surrender meekly surrender. The loss was India’s 27th under Kohli’s captaincy.