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England vs India, Match 38

ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 | Match 38 | Sunday 30th June | 09:30
 Match Ended
England
337/7 (50.0) RR:6.74
India
306/5 (50.0) RR:6.12
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So that is it from this game! England keep their hopes alive and India have to wait to register their place in the semis. Both can do so in the next game though there is still time for that. On the 1st of July 2019, we have two different teams playing, West Indies and Sri Lanka. It is a dead rubber as both have been knocked out but they will be playing for pride. That game begins at 1030 local (0930 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

England skipper, Eoin Morgan, says they had a brilliant day, right from the beginning and the decision at the toss was not easy but it went well. Credits Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow for the way they played and further adds that contributions from the rest took them to a very good total. States they did really well to take on the two Indian spinners and it came off well. Informs the feedback from the first innings was it got tougher to bat on and that was at the back of his head and he was not too worried. Tells he was quite happy to see India weren't going all guns blazing at the end and his bowlers bowled really well. Appreciates Plunkett for his effort and says he has been outstanding, especially in the middle period and he does it on a regular basis. Ends by saying the next game will not be an easy one and they can't take any team lightly.

Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, says every team has lost a game here or there, nobody likes to lose but England played better and they were more clinical. States the mood is the same in the dressing room and they need to forget this and move forward. Informs the toss was a vital factor but they should have been better with the bat as the wicket was flat. Tells there is not much you can do about it if a batsman reverse sweeps you for a biggie, it is difficult to contain with one short boundary. Further adds England were going towards 360 but they did well to pull them back, 15-20 runs less was what he would have liked. Also mentions that had they got to a good start it could have been different but wickets fell at the wrong time. Shares when Pandya and Pant were in there they still had a chance but they lost their wickets and it became difficult for them. Ends by saying MS Dhoni was trying really hard to find the boundaries but it was difficult for him.

MAN OF THE MATCH, Jonny Bairstow, says it was important they set a platform after winning the toss and opting to bat. States it has been frustrating, they know how well they can play, today they were pretty good with bat and ball and are looking forward to the game against New Zealand. Mentions they were just reacting to each ball and had no plan on how to play the spinners. Further adds India bowled well up front, a couple of inside edges went for boundaries, they had luck on their side and they cashed in when it got easy. Ends by saying this is the closest they have been to their best in this tournament and they need to continue as they probably have three must-win games coming up.

Earlier in the day, a brilliant ton from Bairstow, a breezy knock from Roy and Stokes' innings in the end helped England set India a massive target. India would have created history if they had chased this down but the English bowlers ensured it did not happen.

The England bowling was really good! They were tight with the new balls and then the back-up bowlers continued with the same momentum. The only time when runs came at a good pace for India was when Stokes and Rashid were bowling. Woakes and Plunkett were the picks. The former finished with a two-fer and the latter got a three-fer. It was Plunkett's wickets though which were more crucial as he got Pant, Kohli and Pandya.

Chasing 338, India needed to get off to a good start but they lost Rahul for nought. Then Rohit and Kohli played themselves in, they found it difficult to score freely but hung in there. Once they got hang of the surface, the runs started coming. They added a 138-run stand but just when the momentum looked like it would shift, Kohli fell. Pant and Rohit then added another handy stand and revived Indian hopes but Rohit probably fell at the wrong time. He was dismissed just after getting to his ton, at a time when he would have probably looked to accelerate. Pant then soon followed. Pandya found it difficult to time the ball as his innings progressed. Dhoni too struggled to find the fence and eventually 338 proved to be a huge target.

ENGLAND ARE ALIVE IN THIS WORLD CUP! They have beaten the unbeaten side in this tournament and that too quite comprehensively. What a time for all the players to step up! This is also, their first win over India in World Cups since 1992.

Over: 50 | 12 Runs
1 49.6
Chris Woakes to Kedar Jadhav

A single to end the innings! A full ball on middle, Jadhav whips it through mid-wicket for one. ENGLAND WIN BY 31 RUNS!

0 49.5
Chris Woakes to Kedar Jadhav

On the shorter side, Jadhav hits it back to the bowler.

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