London, Sep 7: The English juggernaut continues to roll on while India are still left moaning about the quality of their bowling attack. As the second ODI between the two sides was reduced to a 23-overs a side game, it all effectively boiled down to the better bowling side and it was no surprise that Alastair Cook transformed into a Jayasuriya at the sight of the Indian bowlers. Result, India despite putting a commanding score lost the match by 7 wickets.
Heavy autumnal showers threatened to wash away the match but some exceptional work by the groundsmen at the the Rose Bowl ensured that at least 46 overs of a game was possible. A very delayed start saw England winning the toss and opting to field first. India on the other hand in a very desperate move, drafted Manoj Tiwary – who arrived early on the match morning – into the playing XI.
Parthiv Patel lived upto his pre-match promise of playing his natural game and quickly took India to 30 in three overs before being dismissed by Anderson for a 18-ball 28 that included three boundaries and two sixes.
Rahane on the other hand continued to impress as he flicked, drove, cut and pulled with ease. With Dravid as partner, the youngster seemed to be learning fast as both of them put on 79 runs in 11 overs. Dravid scored 32 of those in 31 deliveries.
Rahane who then saw Kohli succumb to Swann"s guile for a personal score of 9, soon became a victim of the wily off-spinner after contributing 54 from 47 deliveries. He hit five boundaries and a six during his stay.
Some lusty hitting by Rain took the Indian score to 187, but the lack of contribution from M S Dhoni and Manoj Tiwary ensured that India could not breach the 200-run mark. Bresnan and Swann picked up three wickets each.
England"s chase was off to a flying start with both the openers Cook and Kieswetter going hammer and tongs at the slow Indian seamers. They put 67-runs in just 6.2 overs before Vinay Kumar trapped Kieswetter LBW for 46.
Meanwhile Cook continued with his rich vein of form and hit the Indian bowling attack with disdain. His unbeaten 63-ball 80 alongwith Bell"s 16-ball 25 and Bopara"s 20-ball 24 ensured that India lost the match. For India, Ashwin picked up two wickets while the other one went down to Vinay Kumar.
As a result of the victory, England now lead the five match ODI series 1-0 with three more matches to go.