England have just been bowled out for 237 with ten balls left to start the second ODI. It doesn’t look like a good score and paper and I very much doubt that it will be in fact. Though to be fair, England were 0-2 to start with neither Cook nor Kieswetter scoring. Ian Bell did not play, contrary to my hopes, (though not my expectations). Most of the damage today was done by the seamers, however, so Bell might not have been such an asset.
England did bat better than they did on Friday, but this time their middle order got in and got out consistently. After the two opening ducks the lowest score was Trott’s 34 (off 37 balls, the fastest of the recognised batsmen) and the highest was KP’s 46. On Friday it was brainless, today it was just lazy. The bowling was reasonably good, and just about good enough to take advantage of the lack of application shown by England’s batsmen.
Two hundred and thirty-seven may be enough, if England bowl better than they did on Friday, the pitch may deteriorate for Swann and Patel. They will have to take early wickets though, because as we saw on Friday if India have wickets in hand late they can be deadly.