Team India suffered their first loss in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as hosts England got the better of them by 31 runs at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Sunday. Despite the loss India only need a solitary point to make it to the semifinals. They have won five of their seven matches and have 11 points in their tally as one against New Zealand was washed away due to rain. Meanwhile, the hosts have kept their semis hopes alive with this win. They now have to win their final league game against New Zealand.
In a must-win encounter, English skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bat first. The hosts got off to a brisk start on a good batting wicket, riding on their openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow's partnership. Bairstow top-scored for the hosts with a 109-ball 111 as England got to a stiff total of 337/7 in their 50 overs. Pacer Mohammed Shami picked up his third consecutive four-wicket haul in this tournament. He finished with figures of 5/69 in his 10 overs at an economy rate of 6.90.
In reply, India got off to the worst possible start as KL Rahul departed without troubling the scorers. Skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma then added 138 runs for the second wicket stand. Hitman scored his 25th ODI century and his third one of the tournament. Sharma was India's top-scorer with a 109-ball 102. Post their dismissal, the onus was on Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant to finish the job for their side. However, the asking rate kept on climbing as the batsmen were forced to go for big shots.
Pant was dismissed for a 29-ball 32 while Pandya was sent back after a spectacular cameo of a 33-ball 45. In the end, MS Dhoni's 31-ball unbeaten 42 helped India finish at 306/5 in their 50 overs. Bairstow was adjudged Man of the Match for his blistering knock.
Unlike other games, the netizens were not happy with the team's performance. Here are a few tweets.