England pacer Reece Topley recorded the best figures for an England bowler in one-day international cricket as the hosts roared back against India after their drubbing at the Oval to level the three-match series with a 100-run win in the second game on Thursday (July 14). Chasing 247 on a Lord’s wicket that had eased up after the first innings, India never found their stride and folded for 146 in 38.5 overs.
Topley (6/24) landed a double blow early in the chase by getting rid of opposition captain Rohit Sharma (0) and Shikhar Dhawan (9) before Virat Kohli (16), returning from a groin strain, edged behind off David Willey after a fluent start. “Terrific team performance to bounce back from the other day,” said Topley, who was named player of the match. “Happy to play my part. Means a lot, makes it all worthwhile. Had surgery like three years ago over the back of that stand, so it’s come full circle.
“It’s everyone’s dream to play for England. Play my part to win games. Big game at the weekend.”
All six of Topley’s wickets
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Suryakumar Yadav (27) and Hardik Pandya (29) flickered briefly but failed to kick on after promising starts. All hopes of an unlikely India win evaporated when Ravindra Jadeja was removed by Liam Livingstone for 29 as England sealed an easy win, three years to the day after they beat New Zealand in a dramatic finish to lift the 50-over World Cup at the venue.
Earlier, Yuzvendra Chahal (4-47) ripped through England`s middle-order, claiming the prized scalps of Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Ben Stokes, as the home side were bowled out for 246 inside 50 overs.
England were put in to bat and Jason Roy was the first to depart, chipping a Pandya delivery to fine leg after a scratchy 23, while Bairstow continued his rich vein of form before being cleaned up by Chahal for a breezy 38.
England’s attempt to rebuild came unstuck after Chahal trapped Root (11) and Stokes (21) lbw before skipper Jos Buttler missed a straight ball off Mohammed Shami (1-48) to be dismissed for four.
Livingstone took the attack to Pandya but the bowler got his revenge when the Lancastrian holed out in the deep after an entertaining run-a-ball 33. It took a late rally from Moeen Ali (47) and Willey (41) to push England close to 250. The teams now head to Manchester for the final game of the series on Sunday.
Brief scores: England 246 in 49 ovs (Moeen Ali 47, David Willey 41, Jonny Bairstow 38; Yuzvendra Chahal 4/47, Hardik Pandya 2/28) bt India 146 in 38.5 ovs (Hardik Pandya 29, Ravindra Jadeja 29; Reece Topley 6/24)
(with Reuters inputs)