England today displayed extraordinary batting skills against India after they scored 337 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 50 overs. Jonny Bairstow hit 111 to set England up for a big finish. It took a brilliant catch by the substitute Ravindra Jadeja at the long-on to end the 160-run opening stand between Jason Roy and Bairstow. Roy scored 66 after gloving behind on 21. Unfortunately, India did not go for a review.
Also joining the party was Ben Stokes, who played a crucial inning of 79 runs in 53 balls before getting out of Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling.
India have never chased a more than 300-run target in any World Cup match. Mohammed Shami once again shone with the ball as he took five wickets against England. He has taken 13 wickets in just three matches. Captain Virat Kohli had come under criticism for keeping him out of the match in the first four matches of the World Cup stating that Shami could only be effective in overcast conditions.
Shami finished his 10 over quota 5 for 69.
England can secure a semi-final spot if they manage to defeat India in today’s match, being played in Birmingham’s Edgbaston Cricket Ground.
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