ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham
Date & Time: 30 June 2019
RR: 6.12 | England beat India by 31 runs
So that is it from this game! England keep their hopes alive and India have to wait to register their place in the semis. Both can do so in the next game though there is still time for that. On the 1st of July 2019, we have two different teams playing, West Indies and Sri Lanka. It is a dead rubber as both have been knocked out but they will be playing for pride. That game begins at 1030 local (0930 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
England skipper, Eoin Morgan, says they had a brilliant day, right from the beginning and the decision at the toss was not easy but it went well. Credits Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow for the way they played and further adds that contributions from the rest took them to a very good total. States they did really well to take on the two Indian spinners and it came off well. Informs the feedback from the first innings was it got tougher to bat on and that was at the back of his head and he was not too worried. Tells he was quite happy to see India weren't going all guns blazing at the end and his bowlers bowled really well. Appreciates Plunkett for his effort and says he has been outstanding, especially in the middle period and he does it on a regular basis. Ends by saying the next game will not be an easy one and they can't take any team lightly.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, says every team has lost a game here or there, nobody likes to lose but England played better and they were more clinical. States the mood is the same in the dressing room and they need to forget this and move forward. Informs the toss was a vital factor but they should have been better with the bat as the wicket was flat. Tells there is not much you can do about it if a batsman reverse sweeps you for a biggie, it is difficult to contain with one short boundary. Further adds England were going towards 360 but they did well to pull them back, 15-20 runs less was what he would have liked. Also mentions that had they got to a good start it could have been different but wickets fell at the wrong time. Shares when Pandya and Pant were in there they still had a chance but they lost their wickets and it became difficult for them. Ends by saying MS Dhoni was trying really hard to find the boundaries but it was difficult for him.
MAN OF THE MATCH, Jonny Bairstow, says it was important they set a platform after winning the toss and opting to bat. States it has been frustrating, they know how well they can play, today they were pretty good with bat and ball and are looking forward to the game against New Zealand. Mentions they were just reacting to each ball and had no plan on how to play the spinners. Further adds India bowled well up front, a couple of inside edges went for boundaries, they had luck on their side and they cashed in when it got easy. Ends by saying this is the closest they have been to their best in this tournament and they need to continue as they probably have three must-win games coming up.
Earlier in the day, a brilliant ton from Bairstow, a breezy knock from Roy and Stokes' innings in the end helped England set India a massive target. India would have created history if they had chased this down but the English bowlers ensured it did not happen.
The England bowling was really good! They were tight with the new balls and then the back-up bowlers continued with the same momentum. The only time when runs came at a good pace for India was when Stokes and Rashid were bowling. Woakes and Plunkett were the picks. The former finished with a two-fer and the latter got a three-fer. It was Plunkett's wickets though which were more crucial as he got Pant, Kohli and Pandya.
Chasing 338, India needed to get off to a good start but they lost Rahul for nought. Then Rohit and Kohli played themselves in, they found it difficult to score freely but hung in there. Once they got hang of the surface, the runs started coming. They added a 138-run stand but just when the momentum looked like it would shift, Kohli fell. Pant and Rohit then added another handy stand and revived Indian hopes but Rohit probably fell at the wrong time. He was dismissed just after getting to his ton, at a time when he would have probably looked to accelerate. Pant then soon followed. Pandya found it difficult to time the ball as his innings progressed. Dhoni too struggled to find the fence and eventually 338 proved to be a huge target.
ENGLAND ARE ALIVE IN THIS WORLD CUP! They have beaten the unbeaten side in this tournament and that too quite comprehensively. What a time for all the players to step up! This is also, their first win over India in World Cups since 1992.
Chis Woakes to bowl the last over of this innings. The equation is 44 off 6 legal deliveries.
Jofra Archer comes back to bowl.
Mark Wood comes on to bowl his 9th.
Kedar Jadhav comes out to bat next.
Liam Plunkett comes on now!
Jofra Archer comes onto bowl in his final spell.
Adil Rashid comes back on!
Powerplay 3 starts! A maximum of 5 fielders can be allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of the innings. The equation for India to win is 104 off 60 balls.
Has Bairstow stopped that? It will be a tremendous effort if he has done so.
MS Dhoni walks out to bat. All hopes on him now.
Liam Plunkett comes back on!
Woakes has some issue with his shoe. He has taken it off. The problem seems to have been solved and he is fine to continue!
Hardik Pandya walks out to bat.
Chris Woakes comes back on! He was really good in his first spell and England would want him to replicate the same.
DRINKS! England are Favorites but India is still in the hunt. With 155 runs needed in 96 balls, England need wickets very quickly or India will chase it down. Rohit Sharma is just 2 short off his Ton and Rishabh Pant and he has Rishabh Pant for company. AN interesting 16 overs com9iing ahead.
Mark Wood is back!
Rishabh Pant comes on to bat. He needs to stick around with Rohit here and try and build another good partnership.
Double bowling change as Eoin Morgan is looking for wickets. Liam Plunkett comes back on!
Jofra Archer comes back into the attack. Can he bring England back in this game with a wicket or two?
Ben Stokes come on to bowl. He was superb with the bat earlier today. Can he deliver with the ball?
DRINKS! The Chase for India didn't start as it was expected. Once again the Indian Openers failed to give a brisk and solid start to the run chase. KL Rahul failed to negotiate the bounce and gave a simple return catch to Chris Woakes. Rohit Sharma has failed to time his shots and Virat Kohli is as usual doing his job. For the English team Chris Woakes was the stand out bowler for them as he bowled three consecutive maidens first up. England will look to take a few more wickets and on the other hand India would want this pair to hang in there. Adil Rashid comes to bowl for after the break. The Equation for India is 267 off 192 balls.
Mark wood comes on to bowl. He will extract some extra bounce with his pace.
Powerplay 2 begins! A maximum of 4 fielders can be allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over. Liam Plunkett comes on to bowl.
Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper comes out to bat. He needs to play a captain's knock here. India's unbeaten run in this World Cup is at stake.
Jofra Archer to bowl with the second new ball.
We are back for the chase! The England players have taken their field positions and the Indian openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma to start the chase for India. Chris Woakes to start with the first new ball.