England wallop India again

England continued their summertime hammering of India yesterday, cruising to victory in the second one-day international at the Rose Bowl in Hampshire.

England comfortably beat India's score of 187-8, in a match that was limited to 23 overs for each side because of rain, scoring 67 in the first six overs and 100 in the first 10. From there it was an easy cruise over the line, losing only three wickets in the process. Alastair Cook scored 80 from only 63 deliveries. Understandably the Indians are licking their wounds.

'The bowling department needs to step up a bit,' said India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. 'It was a tough day. We batted well to put 180-plus on the board but the first powerplay was crucial. They got 60-odd runs and 100 from 10 overs and then they didn't need to take any risks.

'We have been able to put runs on the board in the ODI series, which is a positive for us, but a bit of improvement is needed in the bowling department. Everybody tries their best but almost all the bowlers went for runs.'

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