Yuzwendra Chahal felt that fall of Kohli’s wicket was the turning point of the match. England posted a mammoth-like total of 322/9 in the second ODI against India at the Lords. In reply, India lost all their batsmen by 236 runs in 50 overs. Joe Root scored a century, 12th in his ODI career to guide England to this massive score when they were 239/9.
By the performances of Adil Rasheed and Moeen Ali, India lost the game by 86 runs. Kuldeep Yadav picked 3 wickets by conceding 68 runs. Yuzwendra Chahal bowled economically in his spell of seven overs before David Willey and Joe Root played in an arrogant way. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid picked three wickets by conceding 80 runs off 20 overs. Chahal said in a press conference that the dismissal of Virat Kohli turned the match upside down.
He said “I think as a team, we conceded 20-25 runs too many at the death. But the credit should go to Willey and Root too because they batted so well in the end. It was a different, slow pitch. If you bowled slow, the batsmen were able to play it easily. When we bowled, there wasn’t as much turn as there was in the second innings,”
”When I bowled a couple of overs, I found it to be a bit slow. So I decided to vary my pace on it and keep bowling full because it is a slow wicket, there are more chances of going for runs with short-pitched bowling. So I wanted to keep it wicket-to-wicket because if the batsman misses, I have chances of taking wickets,”
”I think the turning point was the wicket of Virat Kohli because a good partnership was going on. When you chase 322, you need wickets in the end. I also think their spinners bowled well.”
“The way Moeen started, the boundaries weren’t coming. We could only get one or two runs and the asking rate was climbing, so there was pressure on the batsmen. You can say their spinners bowled well in the middle overs,” he signed off.