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India crush England by 127 runs; level five-match series

Staff writer, with Agencies

India leveled their five-match one-day international (ODI) series against England in emphatic fashion on Tuesday, defeating the tourists by 127 runs in the second ODI at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi, India.

India did well to post 285 for six after winning the toss. They cleaned up England for 158, with 14 overs to spare.

Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja performed his role to perfection, smashing an unbeaten 61 off 37 balls and picking up a couple with the ball. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (72) continued with his good form, while Suresh Raina (50) too came in handy with the bat. Speedster Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/29) impressed with his swing and Ravichandran Ashwin (3/39) cleaned up the tail.

England were in the hunt of the steep target as long as their skipper Alastair Cook and the dangerous Kevin Pietersen were in the middle. The duo took the score to 58 for 1 in 10 overs, before Cook was adjudged LBW off Kumar.

Kumar struck twice in the 14th over to give India the advantage, his incoming delivery rattling the stumps of Pietersen and Eoin Morgan edging one to Dhoni two balls later, leaving England at 73 for four.

From there on, England could not keep up with the asking rate.

Earlier, a 96-run stand off 60 balls by Dhoni and Jadeja propelled India to a score that looked unlikely when they were 119 for four in the 27th over.

It was a convincing victory for India, who have struggled of late even in home conditions, losing an ODI series to arch-rivals Pakistan and a Test series against England.

The two teams will now travel to Ranchi for the third ODI to be played on Saturday.

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