Reece Topley claims record six-for as England level series with Lord’s hammering on India | Cricket News

Reece Topley celebrates one of his six wickets as England equalize the series at Lord's

Reece Topley celebrates one of his six wickets as England equalize the series at Lord’s

Reece Topley took six wickets as England brilliantly fought back from their heavy defeat to India on Tuesday to tie the series with a 100-run hammering of their own in the second one-day international at Lord’s.

England were knocked out for just 110 in their series-opening 10-wicket-drubbing at The Kia Oval, and while again coming up short to make their full 50 overs, their goal of 247 runs ultimately proved far too challenging for India during a test pitch.

Topley (6-24) claimed record numbers for an English bowler in ODI cricket to rip through the Indian batting lineup as the visitors were bundled for 146 in 38.5 overs.

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After India won the toss and chose to add England for the second time in the series, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow started the innings strong with 41 innings in the first nine overs.

Roy (23) was the first to go, hugely disappointed when he shoved one of Hardik Pandya (2-28) straight to the man on the deep back square.

When Yuzvendra Chahal (4-47) came in and quickly saw the back of Jonny Bairstow (38), Joe Root (11) and Ben Stokes (21) in quick succession with Jos Buttler (4) also being bowled by Mohammed Shami (1 -48) amid the chaos, England seemed in danger of falling again with the bat.

Liam Livingstone played some characteristically eye-catching shots in a run-a-ball 33, but his wicket to Hardik, hollowing out to a deep square leg, had 148-6 over England in the 29th.

That could have been worse shortly afterwards, only David Willey was dropped by Prasidh Krishna on one point, and he and Moeen Ali then cashed in on the error by entering into a 62-run partnership to take England past 200 and a game-win total.

In response, Topley went straight to work with the wickets of both openers Rohit Sharma (0) and Shikhar Dhawan (9), while Brydon Carse (1-32) took the dangerous Rishabh Pant (0) second ball and Willey (1 -27) claimed the all-important scalp of the returning Virat Kohli (16) to drop the tourists at 31-4 in just the 12th left of their response.

Suryakumar Yadav (27) and Hardik (29) rallied briefly in the innings, but Topley – back for his second spell – proved he had the magic touch again and took the form Suryakumar caught in the deep end.

After Hardik was killed against Moeen (1-30), Ravindra Jadeja (29) and Shami (23) played a few shots, but then Topley and Livingstone (1-4) grabbed the pair in consecutive balls to end to all the faint hopes of an Indian revival.

Exactly three years after their stunning World Cup win over New Zealand on the same ground, England took an admittedly much more comfortable win as Topley moved up the tail to finish with record numbers.

Watch the series-defining third ODI between England and India on Sky Sports Cricket on Sunday. The broadcast starts at 10:30 am with the first ball at 11:00 am.