World Cup 2019, England vs India: England display perfect teamwork as they defeat India by 31 runs to stay alive in the tournament.
MATCH 38: INDIA VS ENGLAND SCORECARD
England: 337-7 in 50 overs | Won by 31 runs
Jonny Bairstow: 111(109) | Ben Stokes: 79(54) | Mohammed Shami: 5-69
India: 306-5 in 50 overs
Rohit Sharma: 102(109) | Virat Kohli: 66(76) | Liam Plunkett: 3-55
Player of the Match: Jonny Bairstow
World Cup 2019, India vs England: MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav’s surprising intent the talking point as England defeat India by 31 runs to stay alive in the tournament.
It was indeed surprising to see MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav showing no intent to win when India required 71 off the last 5 overs.
It didn’t matter If India had lost the match by even 71 runs, but showing no intent to win is utterly disappointing from the number one team in the world.
Anyway, batting first, England got a much-needed boost of Jason Roy as he combined perfectly with Jonny Bairstow to register a 160 runs partnership for the first wicket after 22.1 overs.
It was a long time coming for the England team, who have had mediocre starts since Jason Roy’s injury.
England did stutter a little after Jason Roy’s wicket as they lost quick wickets to find themselves at 207-3 after 33.4 overs. But, Stokes played a superb knock of 79(54) with 6 fours and 3 sixes that helped England finish on a massive score of 337-7 in 50 overs.
For India, Mohammed Shami took a 5-fer, while Jasprit Bumrah bowled a sensational spell of 1-44 in a high scoring game.
Chasing 338, India had a horrible start as KL Rahul got out on a duck after facing 9 deliveries. However, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli built a solid partnership that brought India back into the game.
At one stage, It was all going according to plan for Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli as they registered fantastic fifties. But, Virat Kohli’s wicket in the 29th over against the run of play changed the momentum completely as India entered rebuilding stage again.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma scored his third century of the tournament, but was soon caught behind off Chris Woakes. Pant and Pandya too made small cameos, but couldn’t take the game deep as both got out trying to up the ante.
The moment of the match came in after Hardik Pandya’s wicket that left India with 71 to get off the last 5 overs. Shockingly, Jadhav and Dhoni showed no intent to hit as they literally relied on singles. It felt as if they had already given up, and were just playing to keep a check on the NRR.
In the end, Dhoni and Jadhav both remained not-out as India lost by the match by 31 runs.
To be honest, India may have lost the match, but the intent to give up on the run chase is utterly disappointing.
Meanwhile, a victory for England has boosted their chance of qualifying for the semi-finals.
Now, if Pakistan win their next match against Bangladesh, England would then face a must-win match against New Zealand on July 3.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR INDIA?
- The ineffectiveness of India’s premier spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.
- The wickets of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya against the run of play.
- The shocking intent from MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav once Hardik Pandya got out.
- Ravindra Jadeja’s sensational diving catch of Jason Roy to end the dangerous first wicket partnership.
- Chris Woakes’s hat-trick of maidens at the start.
- Virat Kohli’s dismissal against the run of play in the 29th over.
- Rohit Sharma’s dismissal just after he got to his hundred turned the game in England’s favor.
- Chris Woakes’s stunning diving catch to dismiss the well set, Rishabh Pant.
MATCH 39: SRI LANKA VS WEST INDIES
Date: July 1, 2019
Time: 3 pm IST
Almost a dead rubber as England’s win against India has all but ended Sri Lanka’s semi-final qualification chances.