Root’s Ton Helps Hosts Level ODI Series

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Lords: Joe Root’s gritty century laid the foundations for England’s series-levelling victory over India in the second one-day international at Lord’s.

Root made 113, and David Willey’s unbeaten 50 from 31 balls gave England the late impetus to reach 322-7. Though India slipped to 60-3 in reply, the reassuring presence of captain Virat Kohli kept them in the game.

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After he was lbw to Moeen Ali for 45, the tourists limped to 236, to lose by 86 runs. The three-match series is left poised at 1-1 and will be decided at Headingley on Tuesday.

A 2-1 defeat in the Twenty20 series and a huge loss in the first ODI on Thursday posed questions for England.

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