Second ODI: Bairstow, Stokes Help England Level Series

Second ODI England India
Jonny Bairstow (L) and Ben Stokes on Friday; picture courtesy: AFP

Pune: Jonny Bairstow (124 off 112 balls) and Ben Stokes (99 off 52 balls) stitched a 175-run second-wicket stand to help England chase a mammoth 337-run target set by India and win the second One-day International by six wickets, with 6.3 overs to spare at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Friday.

By virtue of this win, England levelled the three-match series 1-1, after India won the first ODI by 66 runs. Sunday’s final game here will be the series decider.

Earlier, India made 336 for six in their allotted 50 overs with Rishabh Pant’s 40-ball 77 and KL Rahul’s fifth ODI ton (114-ball 108) helping them. Skipper Virat Kohli scored his fourth consecutive half-century with 66 off 79 balls. In reply, England finished at 337 for four wickets in 43.3 overs.

Brief scores: India 336/6 in 50 overs (KL Rahul 108, Rishabh Pant 77, Virat Kohli 66; R Topley 2/50, T Curran 2/83) lost to England 337/4 in 43.3 overs (Jonny Bairstow 124, Ben Stokes 99, Jason Roy 55; Prasidh Krishna 2/58) by 6 wickets

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