England Beat India To Keep Their Semifinal Hopes Alive, Twitter Reacts And Trolls Pakistan

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India on Sunday faced its first defeat against the host England by 31 runs. Despite Shami’s 5 wicket haul and Rohit’s Sharma’s brilliant hundred, team India couldn’t reach the finish line. Surprisingly this match was important for not only India and England but also for some other countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. These teams wanted the number 1 team in the world to defeat the host, which would have kept their hopes alive to get into the semi-finals. But in the end, it was England to have a piece of cake.

The World Cup Scenario

Other than Australia, India, New Zealand, England, Pakistan and Bangladesh have not yet qualified for the semi-finals. The host and New Zealand will face each other in a must-win game while India on another side only needs to win one game of their next two matches. And for the other Asian sides, Pakistan and Bangladesh, both have to hope England lose their next game to have hopes for making it to the last 4.

Ind vs Eng: As it Happened

Previously, England had won the toss and chose to bat on a flat pitch. Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy were merciless on Indian bowlers and managed to take their partnership to 160 runs for the first wicket. The rest of the England batting line up was also good and their ruthless batting took the score for a massive 337 for the fall of 7 wickets. By the end of England innings, Mohammed Shami had picked his maiden 5-wicket haul in ODIs to set up an evening of great cricket.

India’s Surprise run chase

India in a chase of a massive total gave a very strange start. Men in blue only managed to score 28 runs in their first 10 overs. Rahul was caught early to Chris Woakes in only the 3rd over as he didn’t manage to bother the scoreboard. Rohit and Kohli, two of the most formidable ODI batsmen in the world, took the partnership over 100 to give India hope for the massive chase.

And just when it looked like the pair would help team India cross the winning line, Virat Kohli fell to Liam Plunkett for 66. The run machine though did not pull off a hundred in this world cup but he became the 1st captain and the 2nd player after Steve Smith to hit 5 successive fifties in a World Cup. After he departed there was hardly any batsman who looked comfortable batting in Birmingham.

By the time India required runs on the board, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav shown least interest on the run chase by scoring singles and couldn’t reach the finish line. It was England in the end who won the game and kept their hopes alive for semi-finals.

For their remaining two games for India, they only need to win one of their matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to reach the semi-finals while England has to beat New Zealand to get through.

Let’s see how Twitterati reacted to the game

 

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