Ind vs Eng 2nd ODI 2013 Live
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Kochi is the largest cricket venue in India. Approximately 70,000 spectators expected, so it is bound to get a bit noisy here. On top of that, this match is likely to be a run-fest (Here is Kanishkaa's preview). Welcome to our coverage of the second ODI between India and England. England are looking to stretch the lead after winning the high-scorer in Rajkot against the home side who look as vulnerable as ever. Ian Bell says he is loving the football premier league-type atmosphere at the ground.
If the pitches and outfields for the rest of the series are going to be like what was served in Rajkot then the bowlers, especially India's, better take cover. In 12 balls, England leapfrogged from 287 to 325, and as a result of those two overs at the death, they had made just enough to secure a match-winning total. Though India did well to run them close, falling short by nine runs, the positives were overshadowed by overs 49 and 50 in England's innings, that hemorrhaged 38 runs.
That India's most experienced bowler, Ishant Sharma, was partly responsible for those runs says a lot. Ironically, his death bowling had been effective in the previous ODI, when India snatched a low-scoring game against Pakistan in Delhi. Take a look at his figures in Rajkot, and it's easy to miss his two maidens among the ten overs that leaked 86. Ishant wasn't solely at fault, for all of India's bowlers haven't been as consistent as they should be.