The Straits Times
Published on Jan 15, 2013

India level one-day cricket series with 127-run win over England


KOCHI, India - England were on a high last Friday when they recorded a rare one-day international cricket victory over India in India. But their euphoria lasted only three days as they lost to India in the second match of their five-match series by a massive 127 runs at the southern Indian city of Kochi on Tuesday.

Before a packed 50,000 crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni smashed 72 off 66 balls (seven fours and two sixes) and Ravindra Jadeja 61 not out off 37 balls (eight fours and two sixes) to help the home side post an imposing 285-6 in 50 overs, after England had pegged them down to 174-5 in 39.2 overs.

Then a little-known seamer from rural Uttar Pradesh tore into the England top order to ensure that Indian would square the series with three matches to play, reported The Guardian.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-29), who made his international debut only last month, removed Alastair Cook (17), Kevin Pietersen (42) and Eoin Morgan (0) in a sustained spell of 10 overs to leave England tottering on 73-4.