Chasemasters choke

first_imgBirmingham: For once India’s famed batting line-up showed lack of urgency to come up 31 runs short. Captain Virat Kohli (66) and deputy Rohit Sharma (102) played stellar knocks, however, they lost sight of the run-rate while they went about their business. Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant hit some lusty blows to keep India in the hunt. However, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav showed a complete lack of intent to help England’s quest of a semi-final slot. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chiefEarlier, ton-up Jonny Bairstow’s scathing attack on spin twins Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Singh headlined a dominant English batting performance, leaving India with a tough 338-run chase in a World Cup encounter here Sunday. Bairstow (111 off 109 balls), along with fit-again Jason Roy (66 off 57 balls), added 160 for the first wicket on a track where Kuldeep (1/72 in 10 overs) and Chahal (0/88 in 10 overs) had a forgettable day. Ben Stokes (79 off 54 balls) then used the platform to give the total an imposing look in a do-or-die game for the hosts. Mohammed Shami (5 for 69) got his maiden five-wicket haul but even he lost his bearings in the last two overs. Jasprit Bumrah (1/44 in 10 overs) was amazing as ever, being the only Indian bowler to finish with a sub-5 economy rate and the only maiden of the innings.last_img

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