Root’s unbeaten ton takes England to 322/7 vs India

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London, July 14 (IANS) Joe Root spearheaded a strong batting effort with an unbeaten century to help England post 322/7 against India in the second one-day international (ODI) of the three-match series at Lord’s here on Saturday.

Although a discilpined Indian bowling attack jolted the hosts at regular intervals, Root kept England sailing as he was involved in a couple of valuable partnerships with Eoin Morgan and David Willey, both of whom posted half-centuries.

Root, who brought up the 12th century of his career, remained unbeaten on 113 runs off 116 balls which included eight boundaries and a six.

Opting to bat first, openers Jason Roy (40) and Jonny Bairstow (38) started cautiously as England crossed the 50-run mark in 7.2 overs.

Last match’s hero Kuldeep Yadav drew first for India as he broke the 69-run opening stand in the 11th over.

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The wrist spinner sent back Bairstow before dismissing his partner – Roy in the 15th over, leaving England at 86/2.

He finished up with figures of 3/68 runs while Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Hardik Pandya scalped a wicket each.

Root and Morgan stablised the England innings in middle overs with a 103-run partnership for the third wicket.

Morgan produced a steady innings, scoring 53 runs off 51 deliveries as England inched towards the 200-run mark.

Once again, it was Kuldeep who gave the third blow to the hosts, sending back the England skipper in the 31st over, with the scorecard reading 189/3.

Morgan’s knock was laced with four boundaries and a six.

Ben Stokes’s (5) stay at the crease was short lived as Hardik Pandya struck to scalp the all-rounder’s wicket while Umesh and Chahal too, joined the party, dismissing Jos Buttler (4), Moeen Ali (13) respectively.

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Despite losing three wickets with the addition of another 50 runs, Root kept England’s scorecard ticking as he forged a 83-run partnership with David Willey.

Willey produced a quickfire innings, smashing 50 runs off 31 balls before being stumped in the final ball of England’s innings.

Brief scores: England 322/7 (Joe Root 113 not out, Eoin Morgan 53, David Willey 50; Kuldeep Yadav 3/68)

–IANS

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