MATCH ENDS: That's it folks, England have comprehensively beaten India to level the series in sublime fashion. Indian batting failed to live up to the billing as England beat India by 86 runs. Root was the star of the day as he slammed an unbeaten ton while Plunkett scalped four wickets for the home side.
Kuldeep and Chahal are now just delaying the inevitable as India are on the verge of a crushing defeat now. With this win, England will level the series in spectacular style to force the match into the decider.
OUT: Siddarth Kaul is the next batsman to depart as becomes Plunkett's fourth scalp of the day. Kaul used the DRS to change the LBW decision as well but he was plumb. England one wicket away from levelling the series.
OUT: Dhoni's misery in the middle finally comes to an end as he is caught out in the deep off the bowling of Liam Plunkett. Ben Stokes takes an easy catch on the mid wicket boundary as India are eight now now.
Another over passes without any boundary and it seems that both Dhoni and Kuldeep are just playing out the overs to frustrate the hosts. India have almost no chance of winning the match now as they need 108 off 24 deliveries.
While Dhoni has held the innings from one end, it must be said that he has done nothing for India to win this match. The current rate is under 5 and the required rate is over 18. Dhoni's strike rate is under 66 and no big shot seem to be on the horizon as he is content with taking singles and doubles.
Four: Plunkett comes onto the crease and Dhoni hits him for a boundary through the covers and with that he completes his 10,000 runs in the 50-over format of the game. India now need 115 off 42 deliveries.
200: India have huffed and puffed past the 200-run mark in their innings in 41.3 overs. Dhoni seems to be delaying the inevitable at the moment as the task of winning the match seems to out of India's reach.
India now need 126 runs off 54 deliveries and only three wickets are left in the kitty of the home side. Dhoni is still in the middle but one has to say that he hasn't looked anywhere near his best today. He has played too many dot balls for his own liking.
OUT: India are now staring down at a huge defeat at the Lord's here Umesh Yadav is the latest batsman to be dismissed for a duck. Umesh becomes Rashid's second scalp of the day as India are seven down now.
OUT: Plunkett gets his second of the day as Pandya pokes at a delivery on the leg stump and Buttler takes another great catch. India have now lost their sixth wicket and are in need of a miracle here.
India need a few big overs here as singles and double aren't helping the team whatsoever in this huge chase. 5 runs came from that Rashid over as the spinners continue to make things hard for Dhoni and Pandya.
India's strike rate has come down under 5 at the moment and the required rate shot upwards of 10. With just five wicket left in the kitty, India's hopes remain with this pair only. Dhoni is struggling a bit at the moment and if they are to make a match out of this chase then Pandya needs to face most of the balls now.
DRS: Skipper Eoin Morgan opted to use the DRS after the umpire gave Hardik Pandya not out after the ball hit his pads. Replays showed that the ball had hit the glouves before hitting the pads. Ali almost had his second wicket of the day.
Four: Dhoni once again comes out of his crease but this time he manages to make a contact and the ball goes for a boundary towards mid wicket. On the first delivery after drinks, Dhoni makes his intentions clear now. That was the first boundary in 66 balls.
Since coming to bat, MS Dhoni hasn't been striking the ball well and is looking a bit nervy as well. In the last over, he tried to come out of the crease on many occasions but couldn't hit the shots properly. Dot balls are taking a toll on the visiting team now.
OUT: Suresh Raina's luck finally runs out as he is castled by Adil Rashid for 46. India have lost their fifth wicket now as Hardik Pandya joins MS Dhoni in the middle. England will feel that they have the upper hand here.
150: Dhoni takes a double off the bowling of Ali and with that India cross the 150-run mark. In total, India take 6 runs from the over and keep the scoreboard ticking. The onus is now on these two help India get closer to the target.
Suresh Raina has now being joined by MS Dhoni and the duo have done it time and again in the past but the big question is that can they do it once more today. India are four down and need 175 to win in 20 overs.
OUT: England have finally managed to get the wicket of Virat Kohli as he is trapped LBW by Moeen Ali. Kohli departs for 45 as India lose their fourth wicket. The task of chasing down the daunting target just became a tad tougher for team India.
DROPPED and INJURY: Suresh Raina tries to clear the field on the off side but he doesn't get the elevation and the ball goes towards Jason Roy in the cover, who lets the ball go through his fingers. Roy is now going off the field as he seems to be injured.
Kohli is batting in his 40s while Raina is giving him able support on the other and he is batting in his 30s. India's run rate may be less now but they know that that can be picked up later if they have wickets in hand — especially that of Virat Kohli.
The partnership between Kohli and Raina is growing over by over and the English bowlers are looking a bit deflated at the moment. The duo are playing risk-free cricket at the moment. Both batsmen are settled in the middle and England will have to break this stand soon.
STAT ATTACK: This is the 2nd time that an Indian partnership for the 4th wicket is of 50 or more runs at the Lord’s. The partnership between Dravid and Ganguly against England of 91 runs in 2004 is currently the highest 4th wicket partnership for India at Lord’s.
50: India's required rate has gone in the excess of 7 while the current rate is under 6. But these two are doing it nicely at the moment as they have put together 50-run stand after the loss of three quick wickets.
Moeen Ali has now been introduced into the attack as the home side look to break this dangerous partnership. Kohli and Raina and milking singles and double and also hitting the occasional boundary. Ali concedes just one run from his first over.
100: Virat Kohli takes a single off the bowling off Ben Stokes after hitting the ball towards mid-wicket and with that India have gone past the 100-run mark. The duo haven't taken many chances and are being rewarded with it with a good partnership here.
Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina are building a good partnership after the loss of three quick wickets. India have lost the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul so far. As for the visitors, they will look to dismiss Kohli as he is the one who can damage the home side great deal.
Excellent comeback from Stokes after getting hit for couple of boundaries in the first over, he concedes just three in the second that he bowls. On the last ball of the over, he even produces an edge but the ball lands in front of keeper Buttler.
Ben Stokes wraps Suresh Raina on the pads and the players go up with a loud appeal but the umpire says no as the ball was going down the leg side. Raina needs to be careful on his pads as the English pacers are targeting that area itself.
After a five-for in the opening T20I in Old Trafford, Kuldeep Yadav returned wicket-less in the next T20I in Cardiff. Can England do a repeat at Lord’s in the second ODI after the left-arm wrist spinner finished with figures of 6/25 in the opening ODI at Trent Bridge? This will be the question looming over the game when the teams clash again in the second game of the series on Saturday.
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Lord’s, just like Cardiff, is not expected to provide much turn. But then, a bowler of Yadav’s class isn’t reliant purely on conditions for success. England know his variations will be a handful and how they tackle him will determine the outcome of this contest. England skipper Eoin Morgan has aptly pointed out after the loss in the first game that the English batsmen must get their act right against the spinner if they wish to claw back into the three-match series.
The visitors will arrive at the venue called the home of cricket riding a wave of confidence after their performances on the tour so far. If Yadav and the bowlers did an excellent job in dismissing England for just 268 in the first game in batting friendly conditions, the Indian batsmen chased down the target in a mere 40.1 overs with 8 wickets still in the bag. Skipper Virat Kohli, who was dismissed with the team needing 43 runs to win, played a signature innings, ensuring there were no hiccups in the chase.
The batting honours on the day were reserved for Rohit Sharma, and his 18th ton once again highlighted his credentials as one of the world’s top limited overs batsmen. England’s bowlers looked completely hapless as Sharma’s lazy elegance and Kohli’s warhorse-like innings put kept them on the backfoot. This after Shikhar Dhawan got off to a flying start — 40 off just 27 balls with eight hits to the boundary. All in all, the Indian top order has a menacing look to it and on the flat decks being served up for these matches, England’s attack is like a lamb to slaughter.
Back on the field in just a day’s time, England will need to do a complete relook at their approach both as a batting and bowling unit. Jos Buttler cannot be the lone warrior when it comes to playing the spinners in the Indian attack. The painful pace at which Ben Stokes finally hit a fifty on Thursday didn’t help the team cause too and his inability to get a hang of the deliveries dished out to him by the two Indian spinners in Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal isn’t a good sign.
With Alex Hales rules out of the series with a side strain, England need to get their act right in the middle-overs and the charge has to be taken by none other than skipper Eoin Morgan. Known to use the cross-batted hits to good effect, Morgan must devise a way to tackle the Indian spinners and not let them settle down at the crease. Unless the middle-order stands up and makes it count, the effort of the openers — Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow — will count for little. Another problem area for England is the form of their Test skipper Joe Root. The batsman has looked like a fish out of water against Yadav in particular. Every time Root has taken guard against Yadav, he has looked like a pale shadow of the batsman counted among the best in world cricket. If the negative mindset continues, the hosts will only slip further into doubt. Had Hales been fit, he would have made a case for a return to the mix, perhaps even at Root’s expense, but it is unlikely that his replacement Dawid Malan will get a go straight away.
For India, the team has peaked at the right time. A win on Saturday will further crush the confidence of the hosts as they inch closer to the five-match Test series, and not to forget they earn valuable confidence for the World Cup that England hosts next year. The T20I and ODI series were expected to be a practice ground for the showpiece event and if the signs so far are anything to go by, Team India is ready.
Teams: India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, Siddarth Kaul, Axar Patel, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
England: Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Jake Ball, Tom Curran, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Mark Wood.