Ben Stokes ‘exhibition’ and Jonny Bairstow century helps England level ODI series with India to take it to decider

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England beat India by six wickets in the second ODI to take the three-game series down to a decider.

The tourists have Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes to thank for doing the heavy lifting in chasing down India’s 336-6 total.

Jonny Bairstow scored a brilliant hundred

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Jonny Bairstow scored a brilliant hundred

Bairstow hit a magnificent 124 while Stokes smashed 99 from just 55 balls, including ten sixes.

talkSPORT commentator, and England legend, Darren Gough was full of praise for Stokes after falling just short of a century.

“What an absolute exhibition of batting from Ben Stokes, he’s absolutely gutted to get 99. A good bit of bowling, the ball is going to all parts,” Gough said.

“Kumar, the most experienced fast bowler in this line-up for India, decided to let him have the short one. Got it to a good height, unfortunately for Ben Stokes, it caught the glove on the way through to Rishabh Pant.

“What a wonderful exhibition from Ben Stokes.”

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England beat India on Friday and the ODI series is level at 1-1

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England beat India on Friday and the ODI series is level at 1-1

India posted a strong total of 336 with KL Rahul hitting 108 before being caught on the boundary.

Kohli was dropped by Buttler on 35, edging Rashid behind after being beaten through the air, and made sure to progress to his half-century, but was out for 66.

Stokes leaked 15 off the 41st over before Tom Curran was hit for 22 in the 42nd, as Rishabh Pant passed 50 in just 28 balls.

KL Rahul hit a century of his own in the India innings

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KL Rahul hit a century of his own in the India innings

In England’s reply, Jason Roy was out for 55 before Stokes and Bairstow piled on a 175-run partnership.

There were a few nerves towards the end as Buttler quickly followed, but Dawid Malan and Liam Livingstone saw the tourists over the line with more than six wickets to spare.

Listen ball-by-ball commentary of the deciding game in England’s ODI series with India on Sunday live on talkSPORT 2.

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