-England defeats India by 31 runs
-England 337 for 7; India 306 for 5
-India remains at the second position of the table whereas England climbs up to fourth
England gained a massive victory at Edgbaston as they beat India in the match number 38 of the ICC World Cup 2019.
The win kept the English campaign alive, while India needs a win to seal their spot in the semis.
Batting first, England rode on a century from Jonny Bairstow to post 337/7. Rohit Sharma’s ton went in vain for India.
How did the match pan out?
Winning the toss, England skipper Eoin Morgan elected to bat first on a flat batting track. England openers gave the side a perfect platform and raced away with the proceedings.
The decision turned out to be a perfect one, as a century by Jonny Bairstow allowed England to post a challenging total of 337/7. Stokes played a whirlwind inning to help England get to 337.
Indian spinners were smashed all over. Shami came in and brought India back to the game.
In reply, Rohit Sharma and the Indian skipper played sound knocks of 102 and 66 respectively, but England’s smart bowling helped them as they won by 31 runs.
England got off to a dream start
England got off to a terrific start and the two aggressive openers added 160 runs for the first wicket in just 22 overs. Both Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow started off cautiously before going berserk. They didn’t allow the two wrist-spinners to settle in and played them with ease.
Even, Hardik Pandya was welcomed with a flurry of boundaries.
Roy, Bairstow light up Edgbaston
Roy, who returned from injury, struck a 57-ball 66. He smashed seven fours and two sixes. This was his second half-century in the ongoing World Cup.
Meanwhile, Bairstow slammed his maiden World Cup century. He scored 111 from 109 balls. His innings was studded with 10 fours and six sixes. This was the England opener’s eighth career ODI hundred.
Stokes played his masterstroke
Ben Stokes who has been in prime form with the bat, joined hands with Root in the middle.
Stokes was superb with his stroke-play and attacked Yuzvendra Chahal, who ended with figures of 0/88 in 10 overs.
Too much relying on Kohli and Rohit
Rohit shined, as he scored a hard-fought century. However, it wouldn’t have been the case if he wasn’t dropped in the second over by Joe Root. Further, he was also involved in a fine 138-run stand for the second wicket with Kohli.
Except for Kohli and Rohit, no other batsmen has kept in touch with form for Men in Blue. Pandya has shown some glimpses but has not produced a match-winning knock yet.