England thrashed India in the second ODI by 100 runs and bounced back in grand style to level the ongoing three-match series at the iconic Lord’s in London.

Left-arm pace bowler Reece Topley was the star of the night for the hosts. The seamer picked up his career-best figures in the 50-over format to bamboozle Indian batting in their chase of 247. Topley demolished the ‘Men in Blue’ by bagging an eye-catching six-wicket haul while conceding only 24 runs in 9.5 overs, including a couple of maidens.

The Essex pacer removed both openers Rohit Sharma (0) and Shikhar Dhawan (9), followed by ‘Mr 360’ Suryakumar Yadav (27). He then removed the tailenders Mohammed Shami (23), Yuzvendra Chahal (3) and Prasidh Krishna (0) to complete his six-wicket feat and help his side pack visitors for 146, as England won by 100 runs.

Earlier, India restricted England at 246 in 49 overs, thanks to disciplined bowling by Chahal, who picked up four scalps for 47 in his quota of 10 overs. The home team was struggling with 102/5 at one stage before Liam Livingstone (33), Moeen Ali (47), and David Willey (41) made valuable contributions down the order to help England reach near the 250-run benchmark.

“Terrific team performance to bounce back from the other day. Happy to play my part. Means a lot, makes it all worthwhile. Had surgery like three years ago over the back of that stand. It’s everyone’s dream to play for England. Play my part to win games. Big game at the weekend, got to prepare for that, and then look back at the series,” said ‘Player of the Match’ Topley in the post-match presentation.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

England win the second #ENGvIND ODI. #TeamIndia will look to bounce back in the series decider on Sunday. 👍 👍

Scorecard 👉🏻👉🏻 https://t.co/N4iVtxbNBF pic.twitter.com/9pjXrRktJH

— BCCI (@BCCI) July 14, 2022

Indian bowlers did their job, but batters didn’t turn up. Good fight from England though, Topley was just superb 👏🏽 100 run win is as convincing as any. Super Sunday ahead! #ENGvIND

— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) July 14, 2022

Reece Topley finishes with 6 wickets for 24 runs – the best EVER figures in England Men’s ODI history. #EngvInd

— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) July 14, 2022

🗣 “It means a lot and makes it all worthwhile to be honest, it was just over the stand where I had surgery three years ago so it’s come full circle”

Reece Topley says it’s ‘everyone’s dream to play for England’ as he looks ahead to the future 🏏pic.twitter.com/qcPv2D5cvk

— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 14, 2022

Reece Topley: 9.5-2-24-6. Best bowling figure by an England bowler in ODI against India – there were times that he might not play but come back strongly and he did it for his country in the must win game. pic.twitter.com/tuUEqrYFst

— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 14, 2022

Only the second @englandcricket men’s bowler to take a five-wicket haul in an ODI at Lord’s ✍️

A day Reece Topley will never forget 👏 #LoveLords | #ENGvIND

— Lord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) July 14, 2022

What a day for Surrey’s own Reece Topley 🤩

With 6-24, Reece posted England’s best ever ODI score.

A fantastic performance 👏 pic.twitter.com/hLqOU8BAbO

— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) July 14, 2022

Best bowling figures for England in men’s ODIs:

6/24 – Reece Topley vs IND, 2022
6/31 – Paul Collingwood vs BAN, 2005
6/45 – Chris Woakes vs AUS, 2011
6/47 – Chris Woakes vs SL, 2014
5/15 – Mark Ealham vs ZIM, 2000#ENGvIND

— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) July 14, 2022

Reece Topley’s 6-24 today against India are the best ever figures by an England bowler in a ODI #Cricket #ENGvIND

— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) July 14, 2022

Well, well. Reece Topley on the Lord’s honours board. Just reward for how well he’s bowled. What a turnaround from Tuesday. #ENGvIND

— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) July 14, 2022

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