Ball intends to unsettle Kohli with short balls

England pacer Jake Ball plans to use the short ball to disrupt the rhythm of India skipper Virat Kohli during the second One-Day International.

Jake Ball took three for 67 against India in Pune.   -  AP

England pacer Jake Ball plans to use the short ball to disrupt the rhythm of India skipper Virat Kohli during the second One-Day International to be held here on Thursday. Kohli had blasted a gritty 122 and forged a 200-run stand with Kedar Jadhav (120) for the fifth wicket after being 63 for 4 to > overhaul a stiff target of 351 in the opening game of the three-match ODI series in Pune.

“I think that under the lights where it may skid on a bit more - you can use the shorter ball a little bit more... But I think it’s just trying to mix it up as much as you can... try not to let him get settled and hope he hits one up in the air,” Ball told BBC Radio 5 live.

“He’s an unbelievable player. We saw a lot of him in the Tests and he started the ODI series really well.

“We’ve got plans for him and, hopefully, we can put them into practice in a couple of days’ time,” said the pacer, who had returned with figures of 3 for 67 at Pune.