New Delhi, Oct 18: India barely worked up a sweat in cruising to an eight-wicket win with more than 13 overs to spare against a sloppy England in the 2nd ODI and a 2-0 lead with an eye on claiming the trophy by Thursday night.
England already have their work cut out to avoid a second successive one-day whitewash in India. Rather than the fightback demanded by coach Andy Flower, England were beaten so easily in Delhi last night.
The batting was poor, the fielding average and the bowling ineffective as quoted in Daily Mirror.
From the moment they found themselves 0-2 in the second over of the match, England were outplayed.
They committed a litany of one-day cricket crimes. Their batsmen got in, then got out.
They chucked away wickets with brainless shots and failed to bat a full 50 overs. With the ball, England were wayward and ill-disciplined.
It is difficult to believe England were unbeaten at home against India in all three forms of the game a matter of weeks ago, quoted in a report by The Sun.
A target of 238 was unlikely to pose many problems for the world champions, but there was not even a hint of a contest once Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli began their unbroken partnership of 209, a record for the third wicket against England.
Man of the match Virat Kohli scored 112 runs off 98 balls, his second century against England and a total of seven centuries.
Captain Alastair Cook admits he is “concerned" by a second successive England defeat, but is confident his players can fight back to win the one-day series.
“Only the players can turn things around," Cook stressed. “We have prepared well and practised well but have just not played, out in the middle.
"The conditions play a huge part. But we were none for two and quite a long way back. There were a lot of 30s and 40s, and we know that doesn"t win the game.
"I believe we have got the players to win here, but everyone has to play to the best of their abilities. We have to do the basics well and we haven't done that.The encouraging thing is we have players in good nick. It will not take a massive change."
Cook also praised Kohli's and Gambhir's performances saying, "Virat and Gambhir showed us what a partnership can do," he said. “We need to score more runs and our fielding wasn"t at the standard we set."
It looks like India are going to clinch the series on Thursday against a demoralised England side which suffered two heavy losses. Two previous limited-overs series attempts in this country resulted in a combined scoreline of 10-1 to India in 2006 and 2008.
But cook is not ready to give up yet and has the self-belief to comeback, "there will be questions. We have got the skills. We were a little short on the basics in the first two matches and we paid a price", he explained.
"In today's game, we did not start well after winning the toss. We just could not recover. We have to face it that we did not play well enough," he said.
Cook said it will be a challenge for him to keep his team in the right frame of mind for the do-or-die game in Mohali on October 20.
"It will be a challenge to make sure that everyone is in the right frame of mind. We have to do well in Mohali," he added.