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.
The visitors never recovered from those blows, with their middle- and lower-order floundering against India's spiners -- Ravichandran Ashwin (3-39) and Jadeja (2-12).
They were bowled out for 158 in 36 overs, with Samit Patel (30 not out) producing a few lusty blows at the end.
England have lost 16 of their last 20 one-day internationals in India now.
Dhoni will head for the third game of the series, in his home city of Ranchi on Saturday, in much more cheerful mood after his side's crditable showing on Tuesday.