Johnny Bairstow
Johnny Bairstow

Thought process was exactly the same as the last match, reveals Jonny Bairstow

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England opener Jonny Bairstow smashed 124 off 112 in the second ODI against India.

Jonny Bairstow scored a swashbuckling century and Ben Stokes hit a blistering 99 off 52 balls in the second ODI against India in Pune and helped the visitors win the game convincingly and levelled the three-match ODI series 1-1 as well with one game in hand. Bairstow has been in a sublime form where he had already missed a hundred in the last game.

However, he said that his thought process was similar for this game as well.

“Obviously disappointed to miss out in the last game but delighted to get across the line in this one. To be very honest, my thought process was exactly the same as last game. I thought we were excellent in the last game, we were ahead of the run-rate by a long way. We saw Ben play some rather entertaining shots,” Jonny Bairstow said in the post-match presentation.

He and Jason Roy started punishing the host from the beginning and called their partnership as a ‘natural one’.

“It’s natural. Today I faced 8 balls in the first 8-9 overs and Jason was blazing at the other end. Today they bowled well at the top. Bhuvi, we know his skills and how difficult he’s to get away. We both have the game to catch up later. The relationship we have at the top of the order is great, and long may that continue,” Jonny Bairstow further added.

Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes seal the deal for England

Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes

Meanwhile, Ben Stokes, who was in a sublime form, smashed four boundaries and ten sixes in his stupendous 99-run knock. Unfortunately, he missed out the century by 1 run only.

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“I think the most pleasing thing for us as a team is we didn’t go away from our values as a team. We were bitterly disappointed after the first ODI. Great chase and happy we were able to go over the line fairly easily despite India putting up a big total. Better wicket to be honest but we don’t really fear any totals to be honest. It could have been easy to rein ourselves in after the last game but from a personal and team point of view, it was important to play as we do,” he shared.

“We speak about match ups in our changing room and my match-up was with the spinners to take the risk, just let Jonny keep going on with his business. He’s in unbelievable form. The amount of runs Roy and Bairstow have scored is obviously amazing, but if you look at the way they have scored it’s even better .best in the world in my opinion. Always good going to the last game when the series is on the line,” he concluded.

The final match between India and England will take place on March 28 in Pune.

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