2nd ODI: Joe Root the hero, England stun India to level the series

Joe Root scored a brilliant ton against India. Image Source: XtraTime

XtraTime Web Desk: Joe Root’s brilliant ton helped England to beat India by 86 runs in the second ODI at Lord’s on Saturday. With this win the hosts have leveled the three-match ODI series 1-1.

India, set 323 to win, lost early wickets and were eventually dismissed for 236 when Yuzvendra Chahal holed out off the very last ball of their 50 overs.

Victory saw England, top of the ODI rankings to India’s second, level the three-match series at 1-1 ahead of Tuesday’s finale at Headingley.

Joe Root’s 113 and fifties from England one-day captain Eoin Morgan (53) and David Willey (50 not out) helped take the hosts to a competitive 322 for seven after they won the toss.

England fast bowler Liam Plunkett then led the attack with four for 46 in his maximum 10 overs.

Left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who had tormented England with six wickets for 25 in India’s eight-wicket win in the first ODI at Trent Bridge on Thursday, took three for 68 at Lord’s.

Brief Scores:

England 322-7, 50 overs (J Root 113, E Morgan 53, D Willey 50 no; Kuldeep Yadav 3-68)
India 236, 50 overs (L Plunkett 4-46)

Result: England won by 86 runs
Series: Three-match series level at 1-1

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