Jasprit Bumrah nailed his trademark yorker to Wood, who could not get his bat down in time, and handed India its sixth consecutive win in their 2023 World Cup campaign.
England were bundled out for 129, as India maintained their unbeaten streak with a 100-run win, making them look nothing short of invincible in their campaign thus far.India stay unbeaten, with six wins in as many games now. India also regained the top spot on the points table as well.
England, World Cup 2019 champions, meanwhile, finish bottom of the table.
India captain Rohit Sharma said after the win, ‘ think this was a game where we showed a lot of character. All the experienced players stood up at the right time and won us the game. Looking at how the tournament has gone for us, batting second in the first five games and then we had to bat first here, we were challenged.
We knew the pitch had something in it and we had the experience in our bowling, so we wanted to get to a decent total. We were not great with the bat, losing three wickets in the first powerplay isn’t the ideal situation. You have to then create a long partnership, which we did. But then we just lost wickets, including mine. Looking at the overall picture, I thought we were 30 runs short.
[On India’s bowling] You don’t see that every day when you are defending such a total. Our seamers exploited the conditions very well, there was swing and lateral movement available. [Do India have all the variety in their attack?] I think so, we have got a good balance there. A couple of good spinners and seamers bringing in their experience.
On India defending a lower total, Sharma said, ‘I still felt like we were 30-40 runs short, but overall it was a great performance.’
He was also awarded with the ‘Player of the Match’ title for his knock of 87 runs, on a track that suited the bowlers. His inning was crucial for India to put up a score of 229.
When you have a bowling line-up like that, it’s important that the batters give them something to work with, and show their magic.
England captain Jos Buttler said about the crushing defeat ‘Very disappointed. At the halfway stage, chasing 230, we would have fancied ourselves. Same old story. Very disappointed. I wasn’t sure about the dew, the gut failed said we should chase.
[Did it make sense to absorb pressure after early wickets?] I think whichever way you want to go, you have to be committed. It’s all about execution. It is. The answer is on a postcard, I think. It was a great start in the powerplay by the bowlers, the guys found some movement. The ground fielding was good. But the way we batted, we didn’t back that up.
England have won just one of their last five matches in the tournament. The only team they have beaten is Bangladesh (by 137 runs). They lost to New Zealand (by 9 wickets), Afghanistan (by 69 runs), South Africa (by 229 runs) and Sri Lanka (by 8 wickets).
India vs England: Highlights
After winning the toss, England sent India to bat first on Sunday.
David Willey bagged three wickets.
Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid scalped two wickets in the first inning against India
Chris Woakes drew first blood after he dismissed Shubman Gill for 9 runs in the 3.6 overs (IND 26-1).
Virat Kohli had a disappointing game and was dismissed for a nine-ball duck by David Willey in the 6.5 overs (IND 27-2).
India started off slow and scored only 35 runs in the first powerplay.
India expected a lot from Shreyas Iyer, but the right-handed batsman had to leave the crease for 4 runs after Woakes picked his wicket in the 11.5 overs (IND 40-3).
After playing 150 balls, India crossed the 100-run mark in the 24.6 overs.
Willey dismissed KL Rahul in the 30.2 overs for 39 runs from 58 balls
In the 36.5 overs, Adil Rashid bagged a big wicket in the game after he dismissed Rohit for 87 runs from 101 balls.
In the second powerplay, the ‘Men in Blue’ scored 145 runs. On the other hand, Jos Butler’s side bagged three wickets.
Ravindra Jadeja was removed from the crease by Rashid in the 40.3 overs for 8 runs (IND 182-6).
Mohammed Shami too couldn’t stand still in front of the English pacers and was dismissed in the 42nd over after scoring just 1 run (IND 183-7).
In the 46th over, India crossed the 200 ru-mark after Suryakumar Yadav smashed a six over the fine-leg.
Suryakumar was unlucky after missing his half-century for just one run when Willey picked his wicket in the 46.2 overs (IND 208-8).
In the last ball of the inning, Jasprit Bumrah was dismissed after a run out from Jos Buttler (IND 229-9).
In the third and last powerplay of the first inning, India bagged 49 runs. On the other hand, England picked up four wickets.
Coming to England’s bowling attack Willey bagged three wickets in his 10-over spell and gave away 45 runs.
When the run chase began, England looked strong in the first four overs, scoring 26 for no loss.
From the 5th over onwards, they began losing wickets consistently.
Bumrah drew first blood, as he sent back a dangerous looking Dawid Malan for a score of 16.
Joe Root was dismissed by Bumrah on the very next ball, sending him back for a duck.
Ben Stokes, who struggled for 10 balls, was also dismissed for a duck by Shami.
Bairstow, who was out in the middle for sometime since opening the innings, was the fourth wicket to go down, barely at the team’s total of 39.
At the end of first powerplay, England scored 40 runs and lost 4 wickets.
Captain Jos Butler was clean bowled in the 15th over, leaving England at 52/5.
Liam Livingstone and Moeen Ali shared a short partnership of 29 runs, before the latter was picked by Shami in the 24th over.
Halfway down the line, England were 84/6 in 25 overs.
The lower order was also quickly bundled up, with Chris Woakes being stumped on Ravindra Jadeja’s flighted delivery in the 29th over.
Livingstone was the next to go, as he was caught leg before by Kuldeep in the 30th over. England lost 8 wickets even before crossing the 100-run mark.
Shami completed his 4-wicket haul, knocking off the stumps of Adil Rashid in the 34th over.
In the next over, Bumrah picked up his third wicket as clean bowled Mark Wood to end the match.
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