Kochi, Jan 15: Ravindra Jadeja was the star performer for India in Kochi on Tuesday. The left-hander's outstanding all-round display (61 not out and 2/12) helped India thrash England by 127 runs and draw level at 1-1 in the five-match series.
First, Jadeja, the batsman, bludgeoned 37-ball 61 not out and later, with the ball he weaved his magic on a pitch assisting spinners. In pursuit of a stiff target of 286, England lost wickets at regular intervals and were bowled out for a paltry 158 in 36 overs. 127-run margin is second biggest in terms of runs for India against England. Jadeja won the Man-of-the-match award.
New ball bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed put England in early strife. Shami was the first to strike by sending back Ian Bell in the second over.
Bhuvneshwar, who bowled 10 overs on the trot, returned with excellent figures of 3/29 including two wickets in one over. He bowled two maidens. His victims were Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan. However, Cook was unlucky to be given out LBW by umpire Vineet Kulkarni as the ball pitch outside legstump.
After early setbacks, England never looked to be in control. The tourists were 73/4 in 14.4 overs. Once the pacemen left the stage for spinners, it was always an uphill task. The run rate kept climbing up and England batsmen found it difficult to score runs.
England looked comfortably only for a brief period when Pietersen was batting. The right-hander, who completed 1,000 ODI runs against India, topscored with 42 while the rest failed.
In the end, Samit Patel played some big shots with wickets tumbling at the other end. Patel remained 30 not out off 29 balls.
Barring Ishant Sharma (4-0-28-0), all Indian bowlers impressed. Jadeja took 2/12 in seven overs with one maiden while offspinner R Ashwin had 3/39 in seven. Ashwin had two wickets in two balls and Jade Dernbach averted the hat-trick.
Teams now move to Ranchi, Dhoni's hometown for the third ODI on January 19, Saturday.
India score 285/6
Yet again, MS Dhoni showed why he is one of the best finishers in One Day Internationals. By far, team's top batsman in the shorter format, the captain's aggressive closing act and equally magnificent batting by Ravindra Jadeja (37-ball 61 not out) powered India to 285/6 in 50 overs against England in the second ODI.
The 31-year-old Dhoni slammed a 66-ball 72 (7x4, 2x6) and was involved in an invaluable 96-run (off 60 balls) partnership with Jadeja. Dhoni was dismissed in the last over, with four balls remaining while Jadeja remained undefeated. Dhoni and Jadeja's attack gave India 108 runs in the final 10 overs. This was Dhoni's 48th ODI fifty and for Jadeja sixth.
What was thought to be a benign pitch, turned out to be otherwise. There was turn for spinners and was slow. This score of 285 will not be easy to chase for England. This 22-yard strip is definitely not as docile as the first one in Rajkot.
Dhoni was lucky to be not given out on 6 when he had edged a Chris Woakes delivery to wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter. Umpire Vineet Kulkarni, with a noisy crowd, failed to spot the nick. Dhoni made the most of this chance and punished England bowlers.
It was half centuries from India's number 5, 6 and 7 batsmen. First it was Suresh Raina with 55 and then taken over by his Chennai Super Kings' team-mates Dhoni and Jadeja.
The left-handed Jadeja hit 8 fours and two sixes in his knock. He reached his fifty in 35 balls and finished the innings with a six off Jade Dernbach. The final over of the innings, producing 20 runs and in the last 18 balls India ransacked 45.
Among the English bowlers, Dernbach was the most expensive with 2/73 in 9. Offspinner James Tredwell had 1/48 while left-arm spinner Samit Patel was the most economical with 0/43 in 10. Steven Finn took 2/51 in 10 while Woakes had one victim.
Earlier, Gautam Gambhir and Ajinkya Rahane were dismissed cheaply. India were 18/2 in 4.3 overs. Both openers were bowled.
Once again, Yuvraj Singh looked good in the middle in partnership with Virat Kohli. But the left-hander's blossoming innings was cruelly cut short by Australia umpire Steve Davis.
Yuvraj gloved a ball from Tredwell, onto his pad but Davis failed to spot that and sent the left-hander back to the pavilion. Yuvraj was furious with the dismissal but had not other option to trudge off the ground.
Kohli, not in the best of form in recent times, battled his way to 37 and set himself up for a big score. However, he played a bad shot and perished. He was angry with himself to have played that aerial shot to sweeper cover.
Toss: India opt to bat
India won the toss and elected to bat first against England in the second One Day International here on Tuesday.
Conditions are hot and humid at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and pitch is expected to be full of runs. India made one change, bringing paceman Shami Ahmed for another fast bowler Ashok Dinda.
Cheteshwar Pujara's wait continues for his ODI debut.
England too made one change, fast bowler Chris Woakes for Tim Bresnan, who has a niggle, according to captain Alastair Cook.
England won the first ODI in Rajkot by 9 runs. This is a five-match series.
India: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami Ahmed.
England: Alastair Cook (captain), Joe Root, Ian Bell, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Craig Kieswetter (wicketkeeper), Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes.
Umpires: Steve Davis (Australia) and Vineet Kulkarni
Third umpire: Sudhir Asnani
Match Referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)
Match starts at 12 noon IST