Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow helped England win the Second ODI against India in the three catch ODI series to make it 1-1 . The Decider will be played on Sunday and the tour is set for a grandstand finish.
After scoring 99 off 52, England all-rounder Ben Stokes on Friday said that he decided to take charge on the spinners while letting Jonny Bairstow keep doing his thing in the second innings. Stokes hit 10 sixes and 4 fours in his 99 run innings. On the other end Bairstow scored 124 runs which propelled England to win the Game with 39 balls still remaining .
Ben Stokes speaks about his aggressive tactics
Ben Stokes spoke at the post match presentation about the win. “We speak about match-ups in our changing room, I took the decision if the spinners come up, it was my match-up to take the risk and just let Jonny keep doing his thing. He’s in unbelievable form at the moment, you don’t need to be talking too much to him.
The amount of runs they (Roy and Bairstow) have scored is obviously amazing. But if you look at the way they have scored, it makes it even better. Their strike-rate is the best in the world in my opinion. Having those two at the top of the order to set the tone is fantastic,” Stokes said
The most pleasing thing from us as a team is that we didn’t go away from our values as a team. We were bitterly disappointed in the first game with the way we played in the chase, but it was pretty clear that we were going out with the same intent as we always do. Great chase, really happy that we managed to get over the line easily especially when India set a challenging total. It was actually a better wicket than the first game,” he further added.
The third ODI begins tomorrow at 1:30 PM IST.