England has once again managed to keep its hopes for World Cup semis alive after a 31-run victory over India in a match held at Edgbaston.
Jonny Bairstow was able to have his first century of the tournament as he struck 10 boundaries and 6 sixes. In total, he scored 111 runs off of his 109 deliveries along with sharing an impressive opening partnership with Jason Roy for 160 runs.
Form India’s side, Mohammed Shami was the brilliant fast bowler who in middle overs managed to get 2 wickets from his 3 overs that placed England temporarily in a bad spot for their hitting spree.
At that time Ben Stokes came to the pitch and once again took the hitting charge of England as he scored 79 runs off of 54 balls to set a target of 338 runs for India to chase.
India’s batting innings started off at the wrong turn as KL Rahul was ousted of the field with 0 runs. However, India still seemed to be on the right track of the target chase with Rohit Sharma who scored 101 runs while Virat Kohli shared with him the 2nd-wicket partnership for 138 runs.
However, the partnership came to an end after Virat Kohli who made 66 runs was ousted off the field in the middle overs by the English bowler Liam Plunkett who got 3 wickets in total while giving away mere 55 runs.
Sharma was able to strike his 3rd century in this World Cup off of 106 balls but his wicket soon fell on delivery by Chris Woakes and three balls later of the same over, Rishabh Pant who scored 32 runs was also ousted. With this, England was able to hold off India to 306-5 at the end of the allotted 50 overs.
With this win, England has now once again moved to 4th and the last place of the semifinals of the World Cup with their 10 points. They are only 1 point ahead of Pakistan.
If England manages to win against New Zealand on Wednesday in Durham, they will be able to secure their progression into the semifinals.