England reignited their World Cup campaign with a superb display to defeat India by 31 runs at Edgbaston. The hosts bounced back from successive losses to defeat the only unbeaten team left in the tournament and will definitely reach the semi-finals with a win against New Zealand on Wednesday.
Although England’s bowling was disciplined, there was the fear that India could pull off the highest chase in World Cup history when Virat Kohli was sharing 138 with Rohit Sharma, who went on to complete a century after Kohli departed for 66. But alas that was not to be.
England’s favoured aggressive batting game came to the fore as they capitalised on captain Eoin Morgan’s decision to bat first on a good pitch. Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy saw off two fine opening spells from India’s frontline opening pair before taking on the others, enabled England to race off to a terrific start.
England stepped on the gas, notching up their hundred in the 16th and then their 150 in the 21st as India’s spin pair of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav was taken to the cleaners.
Roy soon fell, to a tremendous diving catch by Ravindra Jadeja. England, though, hardly lost any momentum. Jonny Bairstow went on to bring up his hundred off 90 balls. Bairstow hundred should have been the boost for the host, but it turned out on the contrary.
Shami finally had the better of him, having seen a number of close shaves during his first spell. Then Shami bounced out Eoin Morgan to bring India firmly back in the contest.
The phase from overs 27 to 37 saw England with no boundaries and just 25 runs. Ben Stokes battled hard, but India found some wind in their sails. Shami returned at the death to send back Root, for a relatively subdued 44 off 54.
Shami got the better off Buttler off the 11th as India breathed another big sigh of relief. That was only temporary. Shami took his first fifer by getting rid of Chris Woakes, but Stokes kept up the pyrotechnics with more big hits.
The penultimate over brought England another 15, while Bumrah gave away just 3 and got rid of Stokes for 79 off 54 as England managed 92 from the last 10 overs, finishing with 337 for 7, even though, at one stage they looked extremely likely to get closer to 400.