England V India, India in England 2007, Match Two, 22nd August 2007 at Redditch Cricket Club

India took a 2-0 lead with another emphatic win. This game was played in sunny conditions with a cool breeze. India were unchanged while England brought in Mahomed Khatri and Jagdisch Pata for their debuts.

India again won the toss and inserted England. England tried to get off to a quicker start than in the first game and had reached 92-2 at the first drinks break after 13 overs. Dan Field was sent up the order but despite his early loss, again caught on the drive, his running for Nathan Foy with Rory Field resulted in a healthy run rate. The loss of Foy caught behind square leg for 50 three balls before the break was decisive.

The innings lost momentum with six run outs and despite Sugg and Swanepoel both scoring 28 the only other substantial partnership was 54 for the 9th wicket between Pata and Joe Harrison with Pata’s big hitting and Harrison’s deflections into the gaps. The early momentum had disrupted the rhythm of the opening bowlers but England still fell short of setting India a testing target.

India reached 113-2 by the first break for the loss of the openers Ashish Negi and Subhash Boya who had got off to a steady start with four boundaries. This brought together Shakhar Naik and Rajinder Verma. Naik had hit a blistering 65 in the first match. He set off again with four boundaries in his first eight balls received. He was out for 20 in identical fashion trapped by Rory Field but Verma set himself to see his side through to victory. His magnificent 102 in 75 balls contained five boundaries all in the second half of his innings. The remaining high point for England was the dismissal of Manvinder Singh first ball to Sugg off the last ball of his 5th over. The eventual hat trick ball was a difficult chance to Keryn Seal close in.

India again showed a polished all-round performance leaving England to contemplate how they can put together the best ingredients of their own performances to save the five-match series going into the third game at Redditch tomorrow.

Men Of The Match:
B1: Rajinder Verma 102 and 8-0-50-0
B2: Rory Field 39 and 8-0-71-2
B3: Luke Sugg 28 and 6.3-0-40-2 and a catch

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