India’s streak ends, England back on track

India are no more undefeated in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2018 with the hosts England handing them a 31-run loss in a mouth-watering clash at Edgbaston Cricket Ground.

England were in a must-win situation to keep their semi-finals hopes alive and put the chances of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in danger. While most Asian teams would’ve backed India, the no.1 side failed to deliver and they are still another win away from confirming semis.

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Jason Roy returned to English side after an injury. The opening partnership of Roy and Jonny Bairstow put on 160 runs in just 22.1 overs. Roy made a confident 57-ball 66 runs to boost his side. Bairstow raced his way to a maiden World Cup hundred, scoring 111 runs from 109 deliveries including 10 fours and 6 sixes.

Ben Stokes went bang at the end with a briskfire 79 off 54 in including 6 fours and 3 sixes. Mohammad Shami took 5 for 69 but was over-shadowed by England’s batting performance that posted 337/7 on board.

England had an ideal start to their bowling. Chris Woaked bowled three straight maidens including the wicket of KL Rahul, who made nine-ball duck.

Skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were watchful in the chase. The duo shared a partnership of 138 runs. The momentum shifted as Kohli got caught at point off Liam Plunkett for 66. Meanwhile, Rohit brought up his third ton of the tournament but departed soon scoring 102 off 109 with 15 boundaries.

Rishabh Pant made 32 on his World Cup debut. Hardik Pandya attempted for the target as he made 45 runs. MS Dhoni couldn’t finish things up for India. His 42* off 31 was not enough for India to keep their winning streak. India were restricted to 306/5.

Brief scores:

England 337/7 in 50 overs (Bairstow 111, Stokes 79, Roy 66; Shami 5/69)

India 306/5 in 50 overs (Rohit 102, Kohli 66; Plunkett 3/55, Woakes 2/58)

England won by 31 runs

Man of the Match: Jonny Bairstow

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