Jadeja ravages England
A brilliant all-round display from Ravindra Jadeja ensured India levelled the one-day series at Kochi with an emphatic 127-run win.
Jadeja’s 37-ball 61 not out, which formed part of a devastating stand of 96 in 10 overs with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, lifted the hosts to an imposing 285 for six on a slow, relaid pitch.
The 24-year-old, playing his 62nd one-day international, then returned stunning figures of 2-12 from seven overs with his left-arm spin as England were dismissed in 36 overs.
Dhoni’s innings of 72 from 66 deliveries was just as impressive as Jadeja’s, particularly given he and Suresh Raina had struggled to score in a batting powerplay that yielded just 21 runs.
Yet from 174 for five when Raina fell for 55 in the 40th over, Dhoni and Jadeja delighted a raucous crowd at a sweltering Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Young seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar then broke a fifty partnership between Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen, albeit he was lucky to have Cook lbw, and took an ODI-best 3-29 from 10 overs.
The spinners consequently assumed control, Jadeja claiming a double-wicket-maiden between Ravichandran Ashwin making three breakthroughs as the tourists lost their last six wickets for 48 runs.
England had soon been pegged back in their daunting chase when Shami Ahmed, playing in place of Ashok Dinda, snared Ian Bell caught behind. Cook and Pietersen responded impressively until the former was given out to a ball that pitched outside leg stump.
Bhuvneshwar bowled Pietersen for 42 and Dhoni held an athletic catch to dismiss Eoin Morgan in the same over. Craig Kieswetter and Joe Root resisted for a while, but the wicketkeeper-batsman tamely fell to Ashwin.
Root, who did not bat on ODI debut in England’s nine-run win at Rajkot on Friday, looked assured for his 36 before he and Chris Woakes, playing in place of the injured Tim Bresnan, perished in an Ashwin over. Despite some late hitting from the in-form Samit Patel, who was unbeaten on 30, the end then came quickly.
Dhoni earlier won the toss but saw Jade Dernbach and Steven Finn exploit seam movement to respectively bowl opening batsmen Gautam Gambhir and Ajinkya Rahane.
Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli responded with a half-century alliance that James Tredwell broke with his second delivery by fortuitously having Yuvraj, who gloved the ball, lbw for 32.
Kohli and Raina were two short of a fifty partnership when the former holed out for 37 off Woakes, featuring because Bresnan had suffered bruising just above the knee.
Raina reached a second straight half-century but played on to Finn in the last over of the batting powerplay. Dhoni and Jadeja then took control and when the skipper holed out to the cover boundary off Dernbach in the last over, the damage was done.
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1:20pm - END OF MATCH - INDIA WIN BY 127 RUNS; ENG 158 all out - Patel has little option but to go on the attack, taking three fours and a six at the start of an Ashwin over. However, attempting to steal a single from the last delivery, Dernbach is run out for two from square-leg. India square the five-game series 1-1 as Patel is left unbeaten on 30.
1:10pm - WICKET! Finn c Dhoni b Ashwin; ENG 135/9 - Steven Finn is given out caught behind first ball despite the right-hander appearing to have his outside edge beaten. Jade Dernbach resolutely defends the hat-trick ball off the back foot.
1:07pm - WICKET! Tredwell lbw Ashwin 1; ENG 135/8 - Left-handed James Tredwell plays back to India’s leading spinner and joins what is becoming a processions of wickets.
12:59pm - WICKET! Woakes lbw Jadeja 0; ENG 132/7 - The right-hander is trapped plumb in front in a double-wicket-maiden. The writing is seemingly on the wall for England now.
12:55pm - WICKET! Root b Jadeja 36; ENG 132/6 - Root and Samit Patel have little option but to consolidate as three overs of spin pass without a boundary, but the left-arm spinner’s arm ball does for Root.
12:40pm - WICKET! Kieswetter c Raina b Ashwin 18; ENG 110/5 - The right-hander pulls Ashwin for four through midwicket but, two balls later, meekly pushes a catch to Suresh Raina in the same position. Facing Yuvraj in the next over, Root mimics Kieswetter’s four in the previous one.
12:37pm - Kieswetter cuts Ishant for four and, in the next over, Root attempts to reverse-sweep Ravichandran Ashwin but he and wicketkeeper Dhoni miss the ball which goes down leg for four byes. With half of their overs gone England are 106 for four.
12:24pm - DROPPED CHANCE - Yuvraj, into his second over, puts down a caught and bowled opportunity that was tough because Kieswetter hit it quite hard. The bowler inadvertently deflects the ball onto the non-striker’s stumps but Root is in.
12:21pm - Ishant takes over from Bhuvneshwar and Kieswetter, who had managed one run from his first 19 balls, pulls over midwicket for a much-needed four from his and England’s point of view.
12:14pm - Root and Craig Kieswetter consolidate against Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar, who bowls his 10 overs straight through and ends with a second maiden for figures of 3-29.
11:58am - WICKET! Morgan c Dhoni b Bhuvneshwar 0; ENG 73/4 - The left-hander lasts only two balls before edging through to Dhoni, who takes a fine low catch diving to his left. The tourists are in trouble now.
11:54am - WICKET! Pietersen b Bhuvneshwar 42; ENG 73/3 - Pietersen fidgets as the seamer comes in and is beaten by an in-cutter, dealing a blow to England’s victory hopes.
11:45am - Pietersen crashes a short Ishant ball over square-leg for four but, in the next over, Root just completes a quick single before extra-cover’s throw narrowly misses the non-striker’s stumps. Jadeja replaces Ishant and begins with a tight over.
11:36am - WICKET! Cook lbw Bhuvneshwar 17; ENG 58/2 - The left-hander is unfortunately trapped in front by a ball that pitched just outside the line of leg stump, but there is no Decision Review System to fall back on. Joe Root, who did not bat in his one-day international debut on Friday, comes to the crease and gets going with a jab through square-leg for four.
11:29am - Cook should have been run out when Pietersen pushed Bhuvneshwar to mid-on and took a single. With the ball coming his way, Cook initially held his ground before belatedly setting off but Ravindra Jadeja inexplicably shied at the non-striker’s stumps rather than going for the other end. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is furious. Pietersen responds by punching Ishant Sharma’s second ball for four to raise England’s fifty and soon clips another boundary off his legs.
11:15am - Ahmed follows Bhuvneshwar’s tight over with a maiden before Kevin Pietersen flicks Bhuvneshwar off his hip for four. Pietersen rides his luck in edging Ahmed just past second slip and to the rope, but the right-hander immediately walks across his stumps to flick four more and ends the over with a leading edge that goes for an off-side boundary.
11:03am - Cook elegantly drives Bhuvneshwar off the back foot for England’s first four - in the third over of their innings. He then cover-drives Ahmed off the front foot and clips off his legs for two more fours.
10:56am - WICKET! Bell c Dhoni b Ahmed 1; ENG 4/1 - Shami Ahmed starts with a leg-side wide, but strikes two balls later when Ian Bell chases a swinging delivery outside off and succeeds only in edging through to Mahendra Singh Dhoni. That would likely have been another wide had Bell left alone.
10:52am - England’s chase is under way in Kochi. Alastair Cook gets off the mark with an off-side single from Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s second delivery. The remainder of the opening over yields two runs, one courtesy of a wide.
10:20am - END OF INNINGS - IND 285/6; Jadeja 61, Ashwin 1 - Jadeja pulls Dernbach behind square for four to reach a fifty (35b 7x4 1x6) and immediately follows with a similar four and then a six over midwicket to lift the hosts to an imposing total with 20 coming from the last over.
10:14am - WICKET! Dhoni c Root b Dernbach 72; IND 270/6 - Dhoni and Jadeja cut loose as Finn’s final over, the innings’ penultimate set of six, goes for 15. Dhoni gets four more with his ‘helicopter shot’ in the last but holes out to the cover boundary, ending a brilliant innings.
10:05am - Woakes replaces Dernbach and, aside from a full-toss that Jadeja smacked through midwicket for four, sends down a decent over which ends with India reaching 250.
9:59am - FIFTY! Dhoni (56b 3x4 2x6) - A fine Finn over is spoiled by Dhoni, who drives two consecutive full deliveries down the ground for four, the first bringing up his half-century. The raucous crowd shows its appreciation.
9:52am - Dhoni launches Dernbach for a powerful maximum down the ground that heralds the fifty partnership from 38 balls. Jadeja ends an over which yields 13 with four over midwicket.
9:42am - Tredwell’s last over costs just one and he ends his allocation with 1-48 to follow his international-best 4-44 on Friday. Jadeja responds by depositing Woakes over long-on for six and follows up with two fours as 14 come from the over.
9:33am - Dhoni flicks Tredwell along the ground through backward square-leg for the first boundary in 32 balls. Woakes, also returning to the attack, sees his first delivery back dispatched over the long-on rope by the India captain. The left-handed Ravindra Jadeja then lifts a one-bounce four over mid-off to bring up the 200.
9:18am - WICKET! Raina b Finn 55; IND 174/4 - Finn exploits the pressure England have built in the powerplay. Raina attempts to heave his slower off-cutter to leg and plays on via an inside edge. India manage just 21 runs from the powerplay.
9:13am - Finn and Dernbach are frustrating Dhoni by bowling full outside his off stump, just within the line marked to help the umpires judge wides. The batsman bickers with the latter after breaking a sequence of four dot balls via a single in a powerplay over that costs merely two.
8:56am - FIFTY! Raina (66b 2x4 2x6) - Finn is back for the powerplay and Raina guides him through backward point for four to record his second straight half-century. Dhoni then smashes a low full-toss from Dernbach, who has succeeded Patel, down the ground for four after which Raina heralds the fifty partnership.
8:47am - After an even tighter over from Root, Raina manoeuvres Patel for two to leg to move the hosts to 150 and beyond. Patel completes his allocation with a handy 0-43 and India immediately take the batting powerplay.
8:38am - Joe Root, who bowled tidily in his ODI debut on Friday, replaces Tredwell and concedes three from his first over. Pre-match suggestions that the pitch will slow are proving accurate. Patel is back for Woakes with a neat over.
8:27am - Woakes bowls a beauty to Mahendra Singh Dhoni and appeals confidently for caught behind. If there was an edge, it was faint and the right-hander is given not out. Replays suggest a noise when the ball passed Dhoni was bat on pad. Raina then slog-sweeps Tredwell for his second maximum.
8:16am - WICKET! Kohli c Bell b Woakes 37; IND 119/4 - Patel and Tredwell, who have bowled in tandem for 12 overs, rein India in with a boundaryless over each. After eight consecutive overs, Patel is replaced by Woakes who has a furious Kohli caught on the cover boundary to break a 48-run stand.
8:05am - Kohli, angry that England may have not had enough fielders in the circle earlier in the over, takes his frustration out on Patel by smiting him over cover for six. In doing so, Kohli takes India into three figures. Raina then cuts Tredwell for four as the hosts gain some momentum.
7:59am - Patel and Tredwell slow India’s scoring with three economical overs between them, keeping England in control of the situation.
7:51am - After a Patel over that goes for just two, Suresh Raina - who hit 50 at Rajkot - demonstrates his fluent form by slog-sweeping Tredwell for the day’s first six. Patel then has an lbw appeal against the out-of-nick Kohli turned down.
7:41am - WICKET! Yuvraj lbw Tredwell 32; IND 71/3 - James Tredwell takes over from Woakes and strikes with his second ball, trapping the sweeping Yuvraj in front. The batsman reacts with frustration because, as replays show, he gloved the ball onto his pad. But with no Decision Review System, he has to go.
7:32am - Yuvraj plays the shot of the day, punching Woakes off the back foot and down the ground for four. Kieswetter appeals for caught behind next ball but to no avail. Kohli raises the fifty partnership with a single to leg off Patel.
7:23am - Samit Patel’s introduction makes a double bowling change. Kohli is fortunate to survive when he loops the ball between the left-arm spinner and extra-cover fielder. Yuvraj then guides a short Woakes delivery for four behind square-leg and cuts Patel for the same reward.
7:20am - Chris Woakes replaces Dernbach and, having begun with an off-side wide, recovers to leave India 44 for two from the mandatory powerplay. Conceding only four boundaries is a fine effort from England.
7:09am - Finn and Dernbach are finding a little movement as they pitch it up. However, the latter drags one down to the left-handed Yuvraj who cuts for four and, next ball, takes three through midwicket in a profitable over for India. Yuvraj then pulls a rare, short Finn delivery for four.
7am - Virat Kohli, who has Yuvraj Singh for company at the crease, loosely cuts at Dernbach and inside-edges to Kieswetter’s left for four. These bowlers are applying excellent pressure. In the next over a no-ball is called when Finn clips the non-striker’s stumps in his delivery stride.
6:53am - WICKET! Rahane b Finn 4; IND 18/2 - Finn takes a leaf out of Dernbach’s book and beats the right-handed Rahane in similar fashion to Gambhir’s demise, so Kieswetter’s spill costs little. England are being rewarded for pitching the ball up.
6:49am - WICKET! Gambhir b Dernbach 8; IND 18/1 - Gambhir guides Dernbach for four between first and second slips but, next ball, the seamer beats him between bat and pad to clip the top of off stump, silencing the crowd.
6:46am - DROPPED CHANCE! - Rahane attempts to cut a Dernbach ball and under-edges low to wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter, who cannot hold on low down. It was such a faint edge that umpire Steve Davis signals a wide.
6:37am - Jade Dernbach takes the other new ball and, after starting well, strays down leg against the left-handed Gambhir to concede four byes - the game’s first boundary. Finn, bowling a full length, then has a close lbw shout against Gambhir turned down.
6:30am - The second one-day international is under way with Steven Finn bowling to Gautam Gambhir, who is opening the batting alongside Ajinkya Rahane. Each batsman gets going with a single in a tight over.
6:20am - Woakes plays his seventh ODI, having taken six wickets in his second two years ago. Ahmed’s only previous ODI was the third versus Pakistan, earlier this month, when he returned a creditable 1-23 from nine overs.
6:10am - The pitch has recently been relaid and is expected to slow as the game progresses, according to Dhoni who was happy to bat first. Here are the teams in full:
India: Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain & wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Ashok Dinda.
England: Alastair Cook (captain), Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Craig Kieswetter (wicketkeeper), Samit Patel, Chris Woakes, James Tredwell, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn.
6am - INDIA WIN THE TOSS & BAT - Mahendra Singh Dhoni opts to bat first on a scorching day, drawing cheers from an already packed crowd. Tim Bresnan has bruising just above the knee so fellow seam-bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes comes in while Shami Ahmed replaces Ashok Dinda in India's line-up.
5:50am - The toss is 10 minutes away. History at this ground gives no guarantee that winning the toss results in victory. Indeed, four of the six ODI toss-winners have gone on to lose. The last ODI scheduled to be played at the venue, between India and Australia in 2010, was washed out without a ball bowled. There is an even split of wins by teams setting a target and chasing.
5:40am - England drew first blood in this five-game series with an exciting nine-run win at Rajkot on Friday. There were 641 runs made that day and today’s match is also likely to be a high-scoring one given there have been four totals of 300 or more in the six completed ODIs at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
5:30am - Good morning and welcome to ecb.co.uk’s live coverage of the second one-day international between India and England at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the vibrant southern Indian city of Kochi. The 60,000-capacity ground, which doubles as a football venue, consists of several tiers that make for an electric atmosphere when filled.