KL RahulThe perfectly executed hundred, combined with Rishabh Pant’s aggressive 77 of just 40 balls, lifted India to an impressive 336/6 in the second ODI against England here on Friday.
Rahul, who anchored the inning, hit seven fours and two sixes in his 114-ball shot, while Pant robbed seven sixes and three limits, helping the hosts to move away from the 300-run mark. Pant broke 77 to record his highest score in the One-Day International. The young goalkeeper of the door played his first ODI since January 2020.
Skipper They grow kohli (66 of 79 balls; 3×4; 1×6) and Rahul laid the groundwork for the big draw with their 121-running third grandstand for the goal after being placed in a bat at the MCA Stadium.
Opener Shikhar davan (4) fell cheaply after the receipts he received a delivery of Reese Topli to Ben Stokes. Car joined Rohit Sharma (25; 5×4), who looked into his element as he hit three limits from Warm (2/50).
But at the next end Curran (1/47) shortened his stay in the fold. Rohit made a full delivery straight to Adil Rashid on a short fine leg, while India slipped to 37/2.
Kohli and Rahul maintained the scoreboard, with the Indian captain being a little more aggressive, while Rahul initially played the second violin.
England did not allow Collie to free his hands, even when the duo raised their 50s stand in the 20s.
Car, who received a “life” of 35 when Butler missed a chance for regulation by Adil Rashid, climbed his 62nd fifty, with a single 62 balls.
The duo then completed their 100 tonnes, withstanding 119 balls without any noise. However, Rashid (1/65) eliminated Collie, whose thick outer edge was caught by Butler, with India at 158/3.
Rahul then put his foot on the gas, relying mostly on pulling and driving. Rahul, who struck his 5th ODI century and Pant then launched an attack on England. Pant pulled Rashid for his first six, his trademark pulled, and he didn’t look back.
The Left Pant hit consecutive sixes from the Stokes in the 41st, finishing his 2nd ODI fifty, in 28 balls.
After Rahul fell, Pant continued with the six strikes Hardik Pandya (35 of 16 balls; 1×4; 4×6), joining the fun activity while India collected 126 tracks in the final 10 overs. This is the second time that India has achieved a consistent 300 plus result in five ODIs, and the other is in 2017.
(With PTI inputs)