(CTN News) – On Sunday, India defeated England in the World Cup 2023 match at Lucknow’s Ekana Sports City to remain undefeated at the mega-event.
As the hosts batted first, they were unable to post a large total as England took wickets at crucial moments during the game. In spite of this, Rohit Sharma’s 87-run knock, along with 49 runs from Surya Kumar Yadav, propelled the Indian team to a modest total of 229 runs in 50 overs, losing nine wickets.
In response to a relatively low target, Indian bowlers bamboozled England’s batting lineup in the 35th over as the defending champions were bowled out for 129 runs, resulting in Rohit Sharma’s side winning by 100 runs.
The win today marked India’s sixth consecutive triumph at the mega event, as they are ranked first on the points table and have one foot in the semi-finals.
The defending champions are on the verge of elimination from the mega event, as after six matches, they have recorded only one victory, against Bangladesh in Dharamshala.
As they batted second, England struggled against the deadly pace attack of India and finished 39-4 with all four of their top order batsmen getting out for ducks, including Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan.
As a result, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja shared three wickets between themselves.
A remarkable spell from Indian pacer Mohammad Shami resulted in four wickets for 22 runs, making it nearly impossible for the English batters to connect with the ball.
India’s second-highest wicket-taker, Jasprit Bumrah, had three scalps to his credit.
The number three batters of both teams – Virat Kohli and Joe Root – lost their wickets without scoring a run in the second innings of the Cricket World Cup for the first time ever in the history of the event.
The Indian batsmen found it difficult to score big on the tricky Lucknow wicket earlier in the day as opener Shubman Gill lost his wicket after scoring nine runs, leaving his team 26-1 after four overs.
The English bowlers continued to pressure the home side’s batters and made them stand at 40-3 in 11.5 overs as Kohli and Shreyas Iyer followed him.
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, however, provided India with a much-needed breakthrough with a partnership of 91 runs.
As Rahul walked back to the pavilion, Suryakumar Yadav became Sharma’s partner for the remainder of the innings.
After scoring 87 runs, Sharma failed to hold on to his wicket as he failed to read Adil Rashid’s googly and ended up playing a sloppy shot, eventually being caught by Liam Livingstone after 164-5 in 36.5 overs.
India seemed to be on the verge of settling for a score of fewer than 200 runs, but Yadav scored 49 runs, missing his half-century by just one run as he was caught by Chris Woakes at deep back point.
The hosts will now play Sri Lanka on November 2 in Mumbai, while the defending champions England will play Australia on November 4 in Ahmedabad.