India fails to maintain their winning streak in the ongoing cricket tournament after being badly defeated in the hands of the host team England. The news of Indian cricket team losing to England by 31 runs at Edgbaston was very heartbreaking for Indian cricket fans.
Well, England’s thumping victory at a time when they needed it the most helped the host team to make it to the semi-finals. Now, England has 10 points in their kitty from 8 games. Sunday’s win definitely puts back the English World Cup campaign back on track. It also increases the chance of bringing the trophy home for the first time alive.
India was set a target of 338 to chase but India couldn’t manage more than 305 runs in 50 overs. Dhoni and Jadhav remained undefeated on 42 (31 balls) and 12 (13 balls) respectively. However, after Sunday’s defeat, India’s wicketkeeper and batsmen M.S. Dhoni found himself at the receiving end of criticism once again for his lack of determination in the ongoing match. After Hardik Pandya fell in the 45th over of the chase, India needed 71 from the final five overs. And all eyes were on Dhoni as he is regarded as the best game finishers in any match. However, the 37-year-old along with Jadhav struggled and the duo was only able to fetch 39 in the final 31 balls.
On the other hand, the English openers had a tough time dealing with the threat from Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah in the first few overs, but Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow began to show their dominance. Both batsmen finished their half-centuries in no time. Their partnership crossed the 150-mark at a more than health run-rate. After Roy got dismissed, Bairstow completed his 100 along with Joe Root. However, Shami soon dismissed Bairstow and Morgan in consecutive overs. Well, it was Ben Stokes who was in great form. It was Stokes who took the wicket of Shami and also helped England score an above par 337 run total. Stokes was dismissed in the final over for a brilliant 54-ball 79.
KL Rahul didn’t return to the field after suffering an injury during fielding and didn’t look comfortable batting in the middle. He was dismissed for a 9-ball duck. Archer didn’t give any runs. A lot of runs were not scored between the 5th and 20th over; however, the duo countered some good bowling and kept India alive in the chase. Both Rohit and Pant got dismissed in quick succession that put the pressure back on the team’s lower order.