ENGLAND were soundly beaten as India levelled the Airtel Series with a 127-run victory in the second one-day international at Kochi.
Sixty thousand raucous fans saw Mahendra Singh Dhoni (72) and Ravindra Jadeja (61 not out) change the game with a thrilling first-innings stand of 96 in 60 balls, dragging the hosts back from a modest start to post 285 for six.
It was harsh on England’s bowlers, who had showed admirable discipline for 40 overs but had no answer for the late power-hitting of Dhoni and Jadeja.
Kevin Pietersen appeared England’s best hope of success but when Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed him and Eoin Morgan in the space of three deliveries the game was up and the tourists rolled over for just 158.
Joe Root, playing his maiden ODI innings, made a tidy 36 but by then England were on damage limitation. The 22-year-old Yorkshireman looked more at ease than Craig Kieswetter, out for an awkward 18, but was expertly undone by the spin of Jadeja.