In the much-anticipated match of the ICC World Cup 2019, host England defeated India by 31 runs. This is the first time since 1992 that England has defeated India in a World Cup match. With this win, England’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals are intact. This is the fifth win in eight England matches and now it has 10 points. The hosts have reached fourth place in the numeral table.
India had to face the first defeat in seven matches. England presents the major challenge of 337 runs in this match at the Edgbaston stadium in Birmingham. In reply, the Indian team could only manage 306 runs in the 50 overs by losing 5 wickets. Rohit Sharma (102) scored the highest runs for India. He hit 15 fours in his 109-ball innings.
India’s Inoperable Start
During chasing a target, the Indian team’s start was not good and its opener Lokesh Rahul returned to the pavilion without opening an account in the third over. Chris Wax sent him to the pavilion. After this, Captain Virat Kohli (66), who came to the crease, shared a 138-run partnership with Rohit for the second wicket. This partnership was broken by Liam Plunkett in the 29th over. Indian captain hit 7 fours in his 76-ball knock.
After Kohli’s return to the pavilion, Rohit shared 52 runs partnership with young batsman Rishabh Pant (32) for the third wicket. Rohit completed his 25th century of ODI cricket in 106 balls. However, after completing the century, he could not stay long and became a victim of Plunkett in the 37th over.
After this, India’s fourth wicket fell as Pant. He was expecting a big turn to the team but he returned to the pavilion in the 40th over. He made four fours in his 29-ball innings. Hardik Pandya (45) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (42 not out) took the lead in the match.
Last 10 Overs, Failed To Touch The Boundaries Of Victory.
In the last ten overs, India needed 107 runs to win. But the Indian batsmen could not overcome this difficult halt. Pandya and Dhoni added 41 runs for the fourth wicket. Pandya quickly became the victim of Plunkett in the 45th over. He made four fours in his innings of 33 balls.
After Pandya’s dismissal, Dhoni made an unbeatable partnership of 39 runs with Kedar Jadhav (12) for the fifth wicket. Both took the team out of 300 but they were not able to reach the win. Dhoni scored four fours and a six in his 31-ball knock while Jadhav hit a four in his 13-ball knock.
England Played A Stormy Inning
Earlier, England lost 7 wickets in 50 overs and scored a huge score of 337 runs. Most runs for the hosts were made by Jonny Bairstow(111) Apart from them, Ben Stokes (79), Jason Roy (66), Joe Root (44), Jos Buttler (20), Chris Woakes (7) and Eoin Morgan contributed 1 run. Liam Plunkett returned to the pavilion by scoring 1 run and Jofra Archer returned to the pavilion without opening. Mohammed Shami took 5 wickets, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav picked up one wicket each.