England dropped 66 points in the series opener in Pune to concede the crucial 1-0 lead. The second one-dayer Friday thus becomes an essential game for them to stay alive in the series.
Speaking at a virtual press conference ahead of the second ODI, Ben Stokes admitted that England failed to perform at their peak in the first match. He said:
“We are obviously disappointed with the way things ended after the last game. We know we’re a much better team than that. What we did really well was put the previous games to bed quickly, whether we had a successful match or a poor match. So all of our focus now will be on tomorrow. “
Having conceded 317 points in bowling first, England found themselves in an excellent position in the pursuit. Their forerunners Jason Roy (46) and Jonny bairstow (94) added 135 for the opening wicket in less than 15 overs. However, once the pair split, England collapsed to 251.
Indian debutant Prasidh Krishna claimed 4 for 54, while Shardul Thakur contributed with 3 for 37. Previously India’s total of 317 for 5 was built around the 98 and a half centuries of Shikhar Dhawan by the skipper Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and newbie Krunal Pandya.
Ben Stokes struggles with the bat
England’s first all-rounder, Ben Stokes failed to live up to his label on the tour. He succeeded for a few half centuries in test matches. But other than the 46 in a losing cause in the fourth T20I, he hasn’t done much with the bat.
In the first ODI in Pune, he claimed 3 for 34 with the ball. When it was his turn to beat, however, he perished for 1.
It was the first time Ben Stokes has come out at bat in an ODI since the 2019 World Cup Final. Speaking of the same, Ben Stokes, who came in third in Game 1, said:
“It was my first game since the World Cup final, great to be back and playing ODI cricket. it’s always going to be a chat about it, but people keep talking and i’m just going to try and do what i was asked to do.
Day two of the three-game series will be played on Friday.