India has evened up the series against England in the second Kochi ODI this month.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was absolutely instrumental in picking up this crucial win for India, as the captain posted 72 runs, and his team went on to demolish England by a total of 127 runs.
MS Dhoni wasn’t the only star, as Ravindra Jadeja contributed 61 and helped bring things level in this epic five-match series.
It wasn’t all sunshine and roses for the host nation, as the top of the order once again faltered short of the results expected, with Gautam Gambhir and Ajinkya Rahane contributing a paltry 12 runs.
Those aren’t acceptable for the side, and things will need to improve if India is going to best England in this best of five.
Keep reading for the full score and complete roster for Tuesday’s matchup.
Teams (as per Hindustan Times)
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt. and wk), Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Shami Ahmed
England: Alastair Cook (capt), Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Craig Kieswetter, Samit Patel, James Tredwell, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach, Chris Woakes
While India managed to get it done on Tuesday, the players must prepare to travel to Ranchi for the rubber match on January 19. It’s going to be a hard-fought battle between two fierce rivals, and the winner of that one-dayer will have a serious leg up in the series.