England climb to fourth spot after all-round win over India at Edgbaston
England are now placed at the fourth spot with 10 points, one notch above Pakistan. India retain their second spot despite their first defeat in seven matches.
England 337-7 (50 Overs) [Bairstow 111(109), Stokes 79(54); Shami 5/69, Bumrah 1/44]
India 306-5 (50 Overs) [Rohit 102(109), Kohli(c) 66(76); Plunkett 3/55, Woakes 2/58]
Result- England won by 31 runs
India's unbeaten run at #CWC19 comes to an end!— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 30, 2019
England win by 31 runs to move back into fourth and give their semi-final hopes a huge boost.
How good is this tournament?!#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/YuqHjNoxlh
A lot of things went in England's favour right from the start, from winning the toss, to couple of inside edges going for boundaries, Jason Roy surviving a glove through to the keeper which was not reviewed and Bairstow's close catch going inches over KL Rahul.
However, to their credit, England rode their luck in the beginning and then unleashed as they gained confidence. They then got stuck into the Indian spinners. In hindsight, playing an extra seemer might have proved to be a better option for India.
England had already raced to 116 from 22 overs and were looking set for a score in excess of 350. But, post the dismissal of Jason Roy and centurion Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Ben Stokes first took their time and then stepped up the pace after getting a hang of the wicket.
Ben Stokes' 54-ball 79 was key in the context of this match. Mohammed Shami took a five-wicket haul but was on the expensive side. Jasprit Bumrah had only one wicket to show for but bowled at an economy of under five.
337-7 feels like a very in-between score from where proceedings started. England would have liked a bit more with the start they got. On the contrary, @BCCI would be happy to have kept @englandcricket under 350#CWC19 | #TeamIndia | #ENGvIND | #WeAreEngland pic.twitter.com/Y3zbpabnMZ— Cricket World (@Cricket_World) June 30, 2019
After KL Rahul was dismissed for nougt, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli stitched a rather slow but crucial partnership, with India accumulating only 28 runs in the first powerplay. Though Rohit went on to notch up a century, Kohli slammed his fifth consecutive half-century of this World Cup and Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya played cameos, the need for India was for someone to score a big century, which could not transpire, due to the bowling heroics of Liam Plunkett, who was exceptional through the middle overs and bagged three wickets, and Chris Woakes, who was equally up to the task and claimed two scalps. England claimed a 31-run win to remain alive in the tournament.
England are now just one win away from a semifinal berth, while India have to win one out of their remaining two matches to seal their semifinal spot.
England- Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood
India- Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
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