Sanjay Manjrekar questions India’s par-score assessment after England gun down 337 in 2nd ODI

Sanjay Manjrekar questions India's par-score assessment after England gun down 337 in 2nd ODI


Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar questioned India’s batting approach and par-score assessment after the hosts failed to defend 336 in the 2nd ODI of a 3-match series against England in Pune on Friday.

Sanjay Manjrekar took to social media after India’s 6-wicket defeat and pointed out that 336 posted by Virat Kohli’s men was not enough against a power-packed English batting unit on a flat surface at the MCA Stadium in Pune. The former batsman highlighted Moeen Ali’s figures of 0 for 47 in 10 overs and questioned why India batsmen did not go hard against the off-spinner in the middle-overs.

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Notably, India got to 210 in the 40th over after which Rishabh Pant (77 from 40) and Hardik Pandya (35 from 16) provided the much-needed impetus to help India post 336. The likes of KL Rahul (108 from 115) and Virat Kohli (66 from 79) scored at less than run-a-ball as India were looking to emulate the approach that worked well for them in the 1st ODI.

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma took their time to get going but both the Indian openers fell cheaply inside the first 10 overs. Kohli and Rahul took their time and cautiously played out the middle overs.

Notably, India got to 200 only in the 40th over in the series opener as well but they posted 317 after Krunal Pandya and KL Rahul hit quickfire fifties in the last 10 overs. England lost the match by 66 runs despite getting a 135-run opening stand from Jason Roy and Jonny Baristow.

England collapsed from 135 for 0 to 176 for 5 in the first ODI but they did not make a similar mistake in the second ODI as Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes added 175 for the 2nd wicket in quick time after the openers put on 110 in just 16.3 overs on Friday. Right from the word go, England played fearless cricket and stuck to their strengths, putting behind the memories of the first ODI defeat.

‘Lesson learnt for India tonight’

In a series of tweets on Friday, Manjrekar pointed out why India should rethink their bating approach in ODIs, especially against the likes of England who are prepared to go aggressive right from the word go.

“Quality of opposition’s batting an important consideration when assessing par score along with pitch and ground conditions. Lesson learnt for India tonight,” Manjrekar said in his post.

“Moeen Ali bowled 10 overs for 47 runs in today’s batting conditions. It wasn’t because he bowled brilliantly it was more because Ind didn’t really go after him. Ind would look back at that as a grave mistake not to be repeated in similar conditions,” he added.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli defended India’s batting approach, saying they had posted a ‘decent total’ on the board. Notably, England needed just 43.3 overs to gun down the target and level the series.

Barring Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Prasidh Krishna, none of the other India bowlers troubled England. In fact, spinners Krunal Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav conceded 156 runs in 16 overs between them without picking up a wicket.

“I think we set quite a decent total on the board. It was going to be challenging if we stayed in the game for long periods. I think we started off really well with the new ball but still England found a way to get a 100 run partnership. We didn’t execute too well but I thought they batted brilliantly tonight. It was some of the most amazing batting you’ll see when chasing. They totally blew us away,” Kohli said.





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