WC: India maintains unbeaten streak with a 100-run victory over England led by Shami and Bumrah
By siliconindia | Monday, 30 October 2023, 08:58:57 AM IST
India maintained their unbeaten run in the 2023 Men's ODI World Cup and jumped to the top of the points table with 12 points after thrashing England by 100 runs in front of 46,000 fans at the BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium. Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah delivered memorable spells that will be remembered for a long time. India batted first for the first time in the competition and struggled to score on a tricky two-paced pitch, managing only 229/9. However, Captain Rohit Sharma led by example, scoring 87 from 101 balls, and held the innings together as his teammates fell around him.
Rohit held the innings together with a gritty knock laced with ten fours and three sixes while adding 91 runs for the fourth wicket with K.L. Rahul. Suryakumar Yadav made a crucial 49 for India to go above 200. England had scored 30 runs off their first 27 balls, but after that, Bumrah and Shami, along with Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav, blew them away with a fantastic show of accurate bowling to skittle the listless defending champions for 129 in 34.5 overs. While Shami took 4-22, Bumrah was superb in 3-32. Kuldeep was great in 2-24 while Jadeja took 1-16 as England lost their fifth match in a row.
Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow started off strong, hitting five boundaries in just 4.3 overs while chasing a target of 230. However, Malan's attempt to cut Jasprit Bumrah through the off-side resulted in an inside edge shattering his stumps. On the very next ball, Bumrah took the wicket of Joe Root, trapping him lbw with a skiddy delivery that kept low. Root burned a review, but the fans' excitement only grew louder. The Indian bowlers continued to bowl relentlessly, beating the edges of the batters consistently. Ben Stokes tried to smash Mohammed Shami down the ground but was castled. Unfortunately, England's troubles didn't end there as Jonny Bairstow also got an inside edge on the pads while trying to cut off Shami, and the ball rolled onto the stumps.
England’s hopes continued to slide as Kuldeep Yadav got a tossed-up delivery to turn a mile and got some grip off the pitch to leave Jos Buttler’s stumps in tatters. Shami came back in the 24th over and immediately struck on the first ball by having Moeen Ali nick behind to KL Rahul. Though dew came around, there was no stopping England’s slide. Ravindra Jadeja had Chris Woakes stumped easily while Kuldeep Yadav trapped Liam Livingstone plumb in front through a googly. Adil Rashid and David Willey tried delaying the inevitable, but Shami took the former out by castling him through the gate and Bumrah castled Mark Wood to bring England’s misery to an end.
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