7.00pm Steven Smith was booed off the field after his presentation. Lots of interpretations regarding the Stokes' dismissal. Sets up interestingly for the third ODI on Tuesday. Till then, ciao.
6.50pm England are currently having a closed-doors meeting. Hence, the presentation has been slightly delayed.
Eoin Morgan: "After winning the toss and bowling, it was important to hold our disciplines but we failed to do so. We are a learning team and playing against a tough opposition who are a well-drilled side. Managed to get some time in the middle an you get good value for runs here at the Home of cricket. It's difficult, when a guy throws a ball at you from 5 yards its difficult to get out of the way, it was what it was. The decision was given. Yep (when asked if he would have withdrawn the appeal).
Steven Smith: "It's disappointing, the decision was given and the umpires saw it the way we saw it. That was the decision made, I don't want to shy away from the face we played some good cricket. I thought our fielding was quite sloppy. Still lots of improvement to be done in the remaining games."
Mitchell Marsh is the Man of the Match. "It's been a nice start. Hopefully, this can continue. We have all worked extremely hard. It's a great all-round win. Was swinging a bit too hard (in the previous game).
6.35pm Righto, lots of talking points today. Firstly, it has been an entertaining match. England, like in the first ODI, were on course for good chunks of the chase but lost wickets too frequently to really stand a chance. Lots of starts but a point worth mentioning was Eoin Morgan's fighting innings, a really brisk, clever 85.
Among those wickets, was the dismissal of Ben Stokes who was given out obstructing the field. Was he taking evasive action? Did the left hand come out too far as he blocked the ball from hitting the stumps? The third umpire looked at replays and gave him out, which from his point of view and according to me, was the right call. That wicket certainly pushed England back and didn't find their way back till Morgan's late blitz. Another important factor is David Warner is out of the series with a fractured thumb.
Srihari: "Amidst all the hoopla surrounding the Stokes dismissal, what must not be forgotten is the real reason why England are 0-2 down in the series. Their top order's failure to convert starts into big scores is what cost them both games."
Rajitha: "Plunkett gave it up. Should've calmed down for a couple of balls or so..."
Keep the bat down would be my suggestion to Finn
Haz: "With hindsight, just how crucial was that Stokes wicket? Just two wickets left in this situation makes England's position far more precarious than having 4 or 5."
Steve Finn walks out.
Mitchell Starc returns. Boos ring around Lord's. Lots of optimism in the crowd though.
george: "Give billings another chance this series"
DuncanR: "Both teams scored 19 off the 39th over to be dead even at 213 after 39; just 5 wickets separating them"