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Stokes warned after applying saliva on the ball in the 2nd ODI against India

England all-rounder Ben Stokes was one of the star performers during the second ODI against India at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. The 29-year-old might not have delivered the goods with the ball as he leaked 42 runs in 5 overs but he ensured to live up to his reputation with the bat.

The stalwart came out to bat at No.3 and changed the complexion of the game while batting along with his partner Jonny Bairstow. The duo struck a decisive 175-run stand for the second wicket before Stokes departed for a well-made 99 off 52 balls.

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Stokes was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the second ball of the 36th over. England’s productive player smashed as many as 4 fours and 10 sixes at an incredible strike-rate of 190.38.

He missed out on scoring his century by just 1 run. Stokes’ imperious knock put the team in a commanding position and even after Bairstow departed for 124, Dawid Malan and Liam Livingstone aced the run-chase in 43.3 overs.

England won the game by 6 wickets and levelled the series 1-1. The series decider will be played at the same venue on March 28, Sunday. It will be really interesting to see how both teams come up with a plan to outdo the other in the final game.

Stokes warned for applying saliva on the ball

Earlier, during India’s innings, England all-rounder Ben Stokes inadvertently applied his saliva on the white leather. The International Cricket Council had imposed the ban on saliva in a bid to keep the players and officials safe.

The on-field umpire quickly warned the all-rounder for his mistake. “Players will not be permitted to use saliva to shine the ball. If a player does apply saliva to the ball, the umpires will manage the situation with some leniency during an initial period of adjustment for the players, but subsequent instances will result in the team receiving a warning.

“A team can be issued up to two warnings per innings but repeated use of saliva on the ball will result in a 5-run penalty to the batting side. Whenever saliva is applied to the ball, the umpires will be instructed to clean the ball before play recommences,” read the guidelines recommended by the Anil Kumble-led Cricket Committee which were approved by the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee.

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