The city of Edgbaston was once again hosting a mouthwatering clash between the two powerhouses of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, India and England. Both the sides have been residing in the top half of the table since the inception of the tournament. For England it was a must win game if they want to keep their hopes alive in this World Cup while a win for India would have confirmed their seat to the semis.
Eoin Morgan won the toss and decided to bat first. Jason Roy who was back from an injury came out in the middle alongside Bairstow to lay the foundation. Both the openers looked super confident and without any second thoughts flustered Indian bowling lineup. The openers provided a 160 run stand for the first wicket as they both completed their half centuries. Jason Roy was the first one to depart as he was picked up by Kuldeep. Joe Root was the next man in and continued bagging runs for his side offering a good hand to Bairstow who reached his brilliant century and was later caught by Pant. Captain Morgan stepped in but Mohammad Shami cleaned him up early for just 1 run. Ben Stokes walked out to provide acceleration and stability. The pair was doing amazingly well when Joe Root’s scoop shot was caught by Pandya. Buttler strolled in and contributed quick 20 runs on 8 balls. Stokes firepower continued as he managed 79 runs in 54 balls and took the three lion’s total to 337 at the end of their innings. Shami was the key bowler for India who picked 5 for 69.
In response, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul came out to kick off the chase but in the 3rd over Woakes caught Rahul on his own delivery for a duck. Captain Kohli walked out in the middle to moderate things for his side in a mammoth chase. The pair did provide a rock solid partnership as India easily cruised to 100 and beyond. Both Kohli and Rohit Sharma reached their half centuries comfortably. Just when India started creating trouble to their counterparts, Plunkett ended Kohli’s stay at the crease and he jogged back. Rishabh Pant was the next one and peeked to settle in alongside Rohit Sharma, the pair looked poised as Rohit completed another century but right after that he was caught behind after which Hardik Pandya walked in. Rishabh Pant got caught in the 40th over with India needing 112 runs in last 10, MS Dhoni came out for the rescue but England kept things tight and were able to dismiss Pandya before he could turn the tide. England continued to exert pressure until the last ball and restricted India for 306-5. Jonny Bairstow was announced Player of the Match for a brilliant century that set the tone for this crucial victory. India remains on the 2nd position while England is back in the top 4 fighting for a semi final spot.