New Delhi, Oct 17: England suffered early blows as they lost skipper Alastair Cook and Craig Kieswetter in the first two overs against India in the second ODI of the five-match series at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium in New Delhi.
Jonathan Trott came to bat after Cook and Kieswetter got out for a duck. Trott fired 7 fours scoring 34 from 37 balls. England looked back on track but Vinay Kumar struck again outside off stump and gets a simple edge through to Dhoni.
At 48 for 3, India had the upper hand, but England recovered through a 73-run partnership between Ravi Bopara and Pietersen. Ravi Bopara settled well with 3 fours in Umesh Yadav's opening over. Pietersen also went on steadily after spin was introduced hitting two consecutive sixes of Jadeja's bowling.
Bopara was out lbw by R Ashwin scoring 36 runs off 50 balls with 4 boundaries, soon in the next over Pietersen tries to play a wide ball but gets a fine edge through to Dhoni who takes a low catch close to the ground. Bairstow and Samit Patel soon after the dismissal of Bopara and Pietersen. Bairstow managed to score 35 off 49 balls and help build a partnership of 86 along-side Patel who scored 42 off 53 balls.
Regular partnerships helped England put runs on the board but nobody stayed long enough to cause India a serious threat. Bairstow fell victim to R Jadeja as Virat Kohli took a well timed catch in the deep. Samit Patel was lbw by Umesh Yadav as the ball kept low which struck him right in front.
Vinay Kumar striked again claiming his third wicket with a length delivery that kept just low to beat Swann's attempted shot to third man, crashing into the top of off-stump. Vinay Kumar achieved his career best stats as Bresnan tried to loft a full delivery down the ground but didn't come close to timing it, scooping the ball in the air near mid-off for an easy catch to Raina.
England were 229/9 with 4 overs remaining, Jade Dernbach and Steven Finn tried to play the entire innings but fell short when Dernbach set off in the vain hope of reaching the striker's end before the ball, Finn was turning around with the same idea. Needless to say, Dernbach is easily run out and England are out for 237
England skipper Alastair Cook won the toss and decided to bat against India. Both India and England have retained the same side which played the first ODI in Hyderabad.
Fall of Wickets: 1-0 (Cook), 2-0 (Kieswetter), 3-48 (Trott), 4-121 (Bopara), 5-121 (Pietersen), 6-207 (Patel), 7-211 (Bairstow), 8-227 (Swann), 9-229 (Bresnan), 10-237 (Dernbach)
India: Parthiv Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav
England: Alastair Cook (capt), Craig Kieswetter (wk), Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ravi Bopara, Jonny Bairstow, Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach