India taste defeat as Bairstow propels England to victory
Birmingham: Jonny Bairstow’s solid century, combined with dazzling fifties from Jason Roy and Ben Stokes gave England a crucial 31-run victory over India at Edgbaston on Sunday. India tasted its first defeat in 2019 World Cup as hosts England inch towards semi-finals.
A 109-ball 111 from Bairstow and half-centuries from Roy (57-ball 66) and Stokes (54-ball 79) helped England post 337 for 7. A five-wicket haul by Mohammed Shami put necessary speed breakers for the English batsmen.
With Bairstow joining Roy, England raced past 100 in the 16th over, from 47 for no loss in the first 10. Both batsmen went past their half-centuries, and England seemed set for a massive score with the duo adding 160 in 22.
Chasing a big total, India needed a good start from KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma. Early loss of Rahul did not seem much of a deterrent for Team India. Rohit Sharma (109-ball 102) and Virat Kohli (76-ball 66) added 138 runs on board. But both the batsmen were dismissed at the wrong time for India.
England bowlers however bowled with a plan and never allowed the Indian middle-order to get going. There was not enough intent from MS Dhoni and Co in the last few overs as India were restricted to 306 for 5 in their 50 overs.
Overall, it was a clinical masterpiece from England. They showed that they are still alive in the tournament and they still have a chance for a semi-final spot.
The hosts face New Zealand next in a do-or-die match on July 3. Meanwhile, India still has got two matches to play. They will face Bangladesh on July 2 and Sri Lanka on July 6. Currently, in the second position in the points table, India will enter semi-finals if they win any one of the matches.