India lost to England by 31 runs at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Sunday in the league match of the ongoing World Cup 2019. Since the opening of the World Cup, this was the first time India loss. Rohit Sharma top scored for India with a fighting knock of 102 but that was not enough as India was chasing a huge total 338.
Virat Kohli along with Rohit tried to score the best but Kolhi got out after scoring 66. After that, it became difficult for India. England by winning the match keep their hopes alive of reaching semi-finals. Liam Plunkett was the pick of the bowlers for England, he finished with figures of 3/55 in 10 overs.
Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni tried to score but Pandya lost his wicket for 45 while Dhoni remained unbeaten on 42. However, MS Dhoni’s performance raised several questions on his efficiency as a finisher. Beginning slowly, MS Dhoni failed to hit boundaries towards the end. “I think MS (Dhoni) was trying really hard to get the boundary but it wasn’t coming off,” India skipper Virat Kohli said after the match.
When England came to bat first, they scored freely in the middle overs as the Indian spinners failed to restrict the boundaries. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, both went the distance. The spin-twins went for 160 runs and it was Kuldeep who managed to pick up a wicket.
England will make sure their entry in last four if they beat New Zealand in their last group match on Wednesday. During the last 10 overs of the match, India needed 104 more runs but it’s hope dissolved when Hardik Pandya (45) holed out to substitute James Vince off fast bowler Plunkett, who justified his recall in place of off-spinner Moeen Ali with 3-55.
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen said after England’s 31-run victory over India that there were many who had predicted that whichever team beats India will lift the World Cup 2019 trophy. However, India is one win away from entering the semi-finals. India will next play Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in their remaining fixtures in World Cup 2019.