So India, no more is the unbeaten team in the tournament. The fans are not pretty happy with the results though we are not in any immediate danger as we still hold the second position on the points table. But this was a do or die game for the hosts and they did well.
England’s batting blast.
The English opening batsmen made sure that they didn’t let the team down. Jason Roy’s return to the team definitely made a change as he hit 66 runs off 57 balls which included 2 sixes and 7 fours. The real hero of the innings was Jonny Bairstow, the Ed Sheeran doppelganger scored 111 in 109 balls hitting 6 sixes and 10 fours. It was Ben Stokes who in the end scored 79 of 54 balls taking the scoreboard to 337 runs with Joe Root’s contribution of 44 runs in 54 balls.
Shami once again proves his worth.
The Indian bowling line up didn’t have a great day today. With Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav being most expensive. While Jasprit Bumrah turned out to be the most economic one with 1 wicket in his kitty giving away just 44 runs, his death bowling must have saved India some 50 odd runs. But the unsung hero still remains Mohammed Shami who had a 5 wicket haul. Once again becoming the highest wicket-taker for the team Shami sent Bairstow, Root and Jos Buttler back to the pavilion.
India still struggles at middle and lower order.
It started off with K.L. Rahul’s early dismissal. India saw a great inning by Rohit Sharma, 102 off 109 balls. Virat Kohli hit his 5th half-century in the tournament and got out at 66. Kohli’s departure turned the tables for the English team otherwise both Kohli and Rohit had started hitting well.
This match was Rishabh Pant’s first match of the world cup and his nervousness was visible though he ended up hitting 32 off 29 balls. The middle-order once again failed as Hardik Pandya left the pitch after hitting 45 in 33 balls. Kedar Jadhav’s position in the team once again raised questions. England won the match by 31 runs with M.S.Dhoni at 42 runs of 31 balls.
Chris Woakes took 2 wickets while Liam Plunkett got 3, English bowling was good and they did fantastic death bowling. It was India’s weak middle order that gave away the match to the English side. Let’s see what happens in India’s next two matches though we are still at a safe position.