England handed Delhi drubbing
Kohli and Gambhir steer India into 2-0 series lead
By Joe Drabble - @SkySportsDrabs. Last Updated: October 17, 2011 5:09pm
England were taught a second successive one-day international lesson by India as the world champions eased into a 2-0 series lead with a crushing eight-wicket victory in Delhi.
The tourist's meagre total of 237 all out never looked enough and so it proved as India duo Virat Kohli (112 not out) and Gautam Gambhir (84no) shared a record unbroken 209-run partnership to steer the hosts home with 13.2 overs to spare.
Six England batsmen scored 30 or more, however Kevin Pietersen's top score of 46 highlighted a lack of responsibility from any of the top order, England crashing from 121-3 to 237 all out as a result.
Kohli and Gambhir elegantly showed the way in reply, the former bringing up his seventh ODI century in the closing stages of an utterly one-sided encounter.
England, looking to bounce back after Friday's 126-run hammering in Hyderabad, made a disastrous start after winning the toss, losing opening pair Alastair Cook and Craig Kieswetter without a run on the board as India came out flying.
Cook, who had chosen to bat first, cut Praveen Kumar to Ravindra Jadeja at point and Kieswetter edged Vinay Kumar's away-swinger to Kohli at slip.
Jonathan Trott and Pietersen were charged with the rebuilding process, a job they started but failed to see through when the former was caught behind to the last ball of the mandatory powerplay.
The impressive Vinay found a hint of movement off the pitch and Trott was sent on his way for 34 when MS Dhoni caught comfortably behind the wicket.
Ravi Bopara set the tempo for the fourth-wicket stand of 73 which followed, until Pietersen upped the ante with successive straight sixes off slow left-armer Jadeja.
The first six brought up both the 50 partnership and team 100, but Ravichandran Ashwin was soon celebrating after Bopara was trapped lbw playing around his front pad.
The wicket of Bopara carried greater significance three balls later when England lost the dangerous-looking Pietersen, caught behind swishing at a wide delivery from seamer Umesh Yadav.
Sixth-wicket pair Samit Patel and Jonny Bairstow batted sensibly and skilfully for the next 16 overs - including the batting powerplay.
But when they too went in successive overs, Patel undone for 42 by a quick ball from Yadav that kept low and Bairstow well held for 35 just inside the long-off boundary by Kohli off Jadeja, it was clear England would have to bowl much better than they had batted if they were to square this series at 1-1.
The procession continued when Graeme Swann, Tim Bresnan and rather comically Steven Finn all fell in the space of 19 deliveries, England therefore dismissed in 48.2 overs.
Bowling with plenty of pace and handed an aggressive field, England's opening bowlers Finn and Bresnan saw edges sail wide of the slip cordon and the latter's mood worsened when Parthiv Patel was dropped by a diving Swann when on 10.
But Patel managed only two more before Cook clung on to a head-high chance at mid-on as Bresnan got his man after all.
Bresnan's aggressive strategy continued to cause the India batsmen plenty of problems and Ajinkya Rahane counted six with a slightly-miscued hook just wide of Dernbach at long-leg and then hit the very next ball straight into the same fielder's hands.
Finn was bowling express pace, to three slips, at the Tata end - but with no luck as Kohli, in particular, got under the skins of the England players.
Both men negated the spin threat of Swann with ease, manipulating the field with a mixture of neat dabs and firm drives.
Both men passed 50 in successive overs, Gambhir marking a timely return to form after a forgettable tour of England in the summer.
Kohli found the rope 16 times and brought up his century with a single off Dernbach in the 35th over, before finishing the match with style with a boundary off the same bowler moments later.