England strolled to a convincing six-wicket win in the second One-Day International (ODI) towards India in Pune to stage the three-match collection 1-1 on Friday. Chasing 337 for the win, England batsman took Indian bowlers to the cleaners as Jonny Bairstow slammed his eleventh century whereas Jason Roy (55) and Ben Stokes (99) hit half-centuries to take the guests over the road with greater than six overs to spare. India missed a further bowling choice on a pitch that did not provide a lot to the bowlers and Virat Kohli’s resolution to not bowling Hardik Pandya raised a number of eyebrows. After the match, the India captain revealed that he did not use Hardik with the ball in the course of the sport as a result of the crew administration is conserving an in depth eye on the all-rounder’s workload and need him match for giant video games coming forward.
India will play the World Test Championship final in England and they’ll additionally function within the T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in India later this yr.
“We need to manage his body as well going forward. We need to understand where we need his skillsets with the ball along with his batting. We used him in the T20Is but it’s a bit of workload management as well. We want to ensure we have Hardik Pandya fit and strong, because he’s going to be an important part of the squad,” Kohli stated on the post-match presentation.
While the outcome did not go India’s means, the skipper was comfortable that KL Rahul discovered his kind because the Karnataka batsman top-scored for the hosts with a knock of 108.
“We lost two wickets early on and needed a partnership. That happened with KL and myself. KL carried on, really happy for him. Then Rishabh changed the game, and Hardik finished it off as well. Really pleased with these young guys stepping up. But tonight wasn’t our night, it was England’s. Nicely set up for the decider,” Kohli added.
Kohli himself missed out on 100 for the second time within the ongoing ODI collection and when quizzed about whether or not that impacts him, the India captain stated he simply desires to contribute to the crew’s trigger and never take into consideration particular person milestones.
“I never played for 100s in my life, that’s probably why I ended up getting so many in such little time. It’s all about contributing to the team cause. If the team doesn’t win when you get three figures it doesn’t mean anything. You’re not going to sit back at the end of your career and look at numbers, it’s more about how you played the game,” Kohli concluded.
Both groups will now meet within the decider on the identical venue on Sunday.
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