Kennington [UK]July 13 (ANI): After his side’s 10-wicket win over England in the second ODI, Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah said that when the ball does something, the bowler doesn’t have to try too hard.

Bumrah’s match-winning spell and Rohit Sharma’s half-century helped India take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against England after a 10-wicket win in the first ODI.

“When there’s swing and movement, it’s very exciting in white-ball cricket to get that opportunity because you have to defend with the kind of innings we usually have. When I bowled the first ball, I detected the swing and we tried to use it. If it doesn’t swing, I have to pull my length back. If the ball is doing something, you don’t have to try too hard,” Bumrah said in the post-match presentation.

“When the wicket is level, your accuracy is tested. It’s a good place when the ball is swinging. As soon as Shami bowled the first over, we talked about more details. Really happy for him, he’s getting a lot of wickets. I told him when he bats bat that there are days when he will run across the board. When the ball is moving, the keeper and fielding are very active. Really glad that Rishabh is working hard on his conservation and also on his batting,” he added.

Batting first, England could only post 110 runs on the board as incidents from Jasprit Bumrah (6/19) and Mohammed Shami (3/31) decimated their batting attack. Jos Buttler (30) and David Willey (21) were the only ones who could make a notable contribution.

The 111-run chase was a cakewalk for India as the opening duo of Rohit Sharma (76) and Shikhar Dhawan (31) never gave the English team a chance to get them out of the crease and took India to a 32-plus-run finish. extra by ten wickets.

Team India’s chase of 111 started on a decent note with the opening pair of Rohit and Dhawan leading the way steadily. The duo scored 21 runs in six overs before carrying the momentum of the game and smashing 35 runs in the next four overs.

The Men in Blue crossed the 50-run mark in 10 overs with both batsmen remaining unbeaten. Continuing proceedings at a steady pace, Rohit brought back his half-century in 49 balls and helped Team India reach the 100-run mark in 18 overs.

With just 11 runs to win, the duo smashed 13 runs in the next four balls to give Team India a 10-wicket victory in just 18.4 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against England.

Earlier, the Indian players, opting to bowl, proved their captain Rohit Sharma’s decision right as Bumrah wreaked havoc on England’s batsmen.

England’s Jason Roy’s first strike was sent back to the pavilion on a golden duck. Roy’s wicket was quickly followed by Joe Root, who fell victim to Bumrah for no runs. Ben Stokes then came out to bat but did not last long as he was dismissed by Mohammed Shami without opening his account.

At this point, Jonny Bairstow tried to consolidate the innings. His innings was interrupted by Bumrah’s fiery delivery, which went off Bairst in seven runs.

Captain Jos Buttler stood at the crease as the only hope for the Three Lions. Liam Livingston, the team’s big hitter, was dismissed for Bumrah’s duck. England’s senior team was rolling on the grass pitch at The Oval. Jason Roy, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Liam Livingstone were all out.

In the 8th the score over England was 26-5. The Indian bowlers made the English batsmen dance to their tune and grabbed wickets at regular intervals to completely thrash the hosts.

The England captain and Moeen Ali managed to stem the flow of wickets for a while before the latter fell into the hands of Prasidh Krishna. Buttler’s wicket ended England’s last hope of posting a respectable total, Shami finally falling for 30 off 32 balls. Buttler’s wicket invited Craig Overton to the crease but the latter couldn’t do much and was dismissed by Shami after scoring 8 runs.

Shami was on fire at that point as he thrashed England for 68 for 8. David Willey and Braydon Kars came to the rescue to help their team post a decent total in front of the home crowd.

The duo continued to switch sides to pile up streaks in their favour. They put on a brief partnership of 35 runs before Kars fell prey to Bumrah’s spells and was run out after scoring 15 runs off 26 balls. Rhys Topley was the next man to join hands with Willie at the crease.

It was Bumrah who struck again and dismissed Topley to restrict England’s batting total to 110, also their lowest total in an ODI match. (ANI)

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