CWC 2019 Recap: England back in top 4, India lose their first
A Cricket World series, CWC 2019 Recap looks at all the high-octane encounters from the last year's ODI World Cup: from Jofra Archer's bouncers to Rohit Sharma's hundreds and from Mitchell Starc's yorkers to Virat Kohli's antics.
England 337/7(50 Overs) - Jonny Bairstow 111 (109), Ben Stokes 79 (54); Mohammed Shami 5/69(10), Jasprit Bumrah 1/44(10)
India 306/5(50 Overs) - Rohit Sharma 102 (109), Virat Kohli 66 (76); Liam Plunkett 3/55(10), Chris Woakes 2/58(10)
Result - England won by 31 runs
England's campaign was hanging by a thin thread but Jason Roy, who returned after recovering from an injury, had an explosive opening stand with Jonny Bairstow as the two set the tone of the match.
Rohit Sharma (102 balls off 109 balls) and Virat Kohli (66 off 76 balls) were a bit slow to get off the blocks but they had at least ensured that the game was taken deep. Both batted at strike rates of close to 90 which was not ideal, but not disastrous either. They accelerated towards the end, but were dismissed at just the wrong time from India's perspective.
With Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya at the crease, MS Dhoni to follow, and a required rate of around 10, it was set up for an interesting chase. India needed 104 runs in the last 10 overs, with six wickets remaining. In the modern game, it was still well within reach, though with some top-notch bowling from Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett and Jofra Archer, it was going to be tough for the Indian batsmen.
With MS Dhoni was at the crease, there was still nervousness for England, and hope for India. The chase master had done it many a times in the past when no one had given him a chance. So, the match was still well poised.
But, the way Dhoni approached the game, it thoroughly disappointed the fans. India could add only 72 runs in the last 10 overs and lost the match by 31 runs.