After enjoying a blitzkrieg knock of 99 off 52, England all-rounder Ben Stokes on Friday stated that he determined to take cost on the spinners whereas letting Jonny Bairstow hold doing his factor within the second ODI towards India in Pune on the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium. The all-rounder smashed 10 sixes and 4 fours in his blistering innings. Apart from Stokes, it was opener Jonny Bairstow’s 124 runs that saw England register a six-wicket win. Chasing a mammoth goal of 337, the guests cruised dwelling with 39 balls to spare as they levelled the three-match sequence 1-1.
If the Indian batsmen stole the present within the afternoon, it was the flip of the English batters underneath lights to showcase some high quality strokeplay.
The basis of each profitable chase is a robust basis and England had the very best begin as openers Jason Roy and Bairstow scripted a hundred-plus partnership for the primary wicket.
“We speak about match-ups in our changing room, I took the decision if the spinners come up, it was my match-up to take the risk and just let Jonny keep doing his thing. He’s in unbelievable form at the moment, you don’t need to be talking too much to him. The amount of runs they (Roy and Bairstow) have scored is obviously amazing. But if you look at the way they have scored, it makes it even better. Their strike-rate is the best in the world in my opinion. Having those two at the top of the order to set the tone is fantastic,” Stokes advised host broadcaster Star Sports after the match.
After losing the first ODI because of the attacking strategy, Stokes stated it’s pleasing to see that workforce did not go away from their tactic.
“The most pleasing thing from us as a team is that we didn’t go away from our values as a team. We were bitterly disappointed in the first game with the way we played in the chase, but it was pretty clear that we were going out with the same intent as we always do. Great chase, really happy that we managed to get over the line easily especially when India set a challenging total. It was actually a better wicket than the first game,” he stated.
“Over the years, we have set big totals, we have chased big totals. We don’t really fear too much to be honest. We always go out and try to play as positive as we can. From a personal point and the team’s point of view, it was great that were able to go out and express ourselves,” Stokes added.
Dawid Malan and debutant Liam Livingstone stitched an unbeaten 50-run partnership to take the facet dwelling. Livingstone scored 27* whereas Malan returned unbeaten on 16.
The sequence decider will probably be performed on Sunday.
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