By Peter Moore

  • Hosts bounce back from successive losses to inflict first defeat on India in World Cup game since 1982.
  • Fit again Jason Roy hits 66, as opening partner Jonny Bairstow notches first World Cup ton
  • Disciplined bowling from England reaps rewards
EDGBASTON, BIRMINGHAM – After hosts England bounced back from successive defeats to keep alive their hopes of a Cricket World Cup semi-final place, how did the players fair against India?

 

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England

Jason Roy9/10 – How England have missed the Surrey batsman in the past two games. Was put back into the side despite still suffering with a hamstring problem. Didn’t disappoint and made 66 off 57 balls with seven fours and two sixes. Set the tone of his innings with two glorious cover drives in the opening over. Could have been dismissed when he had made 21, but India failed to review. Set England on the front foot with a century opening partnership. Pivotal for England that he keeps fit.

Jonny Bairstow – 10/10 – Earlier on in the week took a swipe at both fans and media by claiming team lacked support. Did his talking with the bat by playing an outstanding innings of 111 off 109 balls. Shared in another century opening stand for England with Roy. Was also exceptional in the field by throwing himself around and saving plenty of runs.

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Joe Root – 8/10 – Back to his best after his rare failure against Australia. Made a steady but not spectacular 44. Looked to be heading towards another half-century before brilliantly caught by Hardik Pandya in the deep.

Eoin Morgan – 6/10 – His batting is beginning to get a little bit of a concern now for the Middlesex man. Out again to the same shot as against the Aussies, top-edge pull off a short ball. However, full marks for his captaincy in this match, by bringing back bowlers at the right time.

Jos Buttler – 6/10 – Rather surprisingly didn’t come in higher up the order. Little time to impress but made useful cameo well having made 20 off 8 deliveries. Steady with the gloves as well.

Ben Stokes – 9 /10 – Third consecutive half-century tells you that he is getting back to his best. Another very useful innings from the all-rounder of 79, who is now beginning to show everybody why he really is a big player, who England would miss if he got injured. Hasn’t been asked to do much bowling in the tournament – just four overs today at a cost of 34 runs.

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Chris Woakes – 8/10 – Excelled on his home patch. Opened the bowling and was difficult to get away with the new ball. Grabbed a wicket in his second over, and never looked back. Finished with fine figures of 2 for 58 off his ten overs.

Liam Plunkett – 9/10 – Made a big difference on his return back to the side. Has never been on the losing side in this world cup as well. Claimed the big scalp of Virat Kohli amongst his three wickets. Big contender for Man of the Match. Has to stay in the side.

Jofra Archer – 7/10 – Came on in the crucial last ten overs, only going for five an over. Caused Indian batsman problems, despite remaining wicketless.

Adil Rashid – 5/10 – Only allowed six overs at a cost of fourty runs. Bowling to slowly and lobbing deliveries up for easy pickings for batsman to hit.

Mark Wood – 5/10 – Struggled on the Edgbaston surface, going for very expensive figures of 0 for 73 of his ten overs. Looks somebody who needs some help from the pitch.

 

India

KL Rahul – 2/10 – Poor game from the Indian opener. Lasted just three balls before being snapped up by Woakes.

Rohit Sharma – 9/10 – Hit his third century of what has been a very profitable world cup campaign. Hit 102 off 109 balls before edging behind to Woakes. Profited from a poor drop from Root when on four.

Virat Kohli – 9/10 – Another half-century from Mr. consistent. Hit 66 off 76 balls before steering the ball to backward point. Put on 138 with Rohit for the second wicket.

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Rishabh Pant – 7/10 – Playing in his first World Cup match in the tournament and didn’t let India down. Compiled 32 before Plunkett ended his brave effort.

Hardik Pandya – 7/10 – Solid effort with the bat of 45 off 33 deliveries. Didn’t look threatening with the ball after going wicketless for 60 runs off 10 overs.

MS Dhoni – 7/10 – Took his time to get going, before clubbing a couple of big hits at the end of the innings. Finished on an undefeated 42, which was never enough to win India the game.

Kedar Yadav – 5/10 – Made no real impression on the day.

Kuldeep Yadav – 5/10 – Very expensive ten overs that went for 72 runs. Never troubled the England batsman.

Mohammed Shami – 7/10 – Went for an expensive 43 runs in his final three overs which dented his figures of five for 69. Will be pleased with his five-wicket haul on the day.

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Yuzvendra Chahal – 3/10 – Certainly his worst performance in the competition to date. England tucked into his leg spin at ease. Finished with nought for 88 off ten overs.

Jasprit Bumrah – 8/10 – Was always going to be the main threat for England. Bowled an exceptional last over and was unlucky to only finish with figures of 1 for 44.

 

England play New Zealand in their final Group game against New Zealand at Chester-le-Street, Durham, on Wednesday.

 

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