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India vs England, Highlights: Plunkett, Woakes topple India by 31 runs despite Rohit Sharma ton

As it happened, ICC World Cup 2019: Follow all highlights from the ICC World Cup 2019 encounter between India and England in Birmingham.

By HT Correspondent | Jul 01, 2019 07:56 IST
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India vs England highlights, World Cup 2019: The match has ended, but this end was very strange. Absolutely no intent, well, it has now ended. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli set the platform, Hardik gave the momentum but England kept chipping away at the wickets, they never allowed India to break free and well, they have kept their campaign alive. India’s unbeaten run has ended in this World Cup.

 

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23:29 hrs IST

Kohli speaks

If batsmen are able to reverse sweep for a six you can’t do much as a spinner. They had to be more smart with their lines as it was difficult to contain runs with one short boundary. I thought they were going towards 360 at one stage, so we did well to pull things back. We were happy to restrict them to 330. If we were clinical with the bat, the result could have been different, I think. We had a decent chance when they (Pant and Pandya) were in there. We kept losing wickets and that doesn’t help in a big chase, but credit goes to England in the end. It’s up to discussions with the two guys who were in there. They bowled in good areas and the ball was stopping, hence it was difficult to bat towards the end.

23:28 hrs IST

Eoin Morgan

I thought we had a perfect start. Winning the toss and batting first wasn’t an easy decision but it turned out to be the best decision. Partnersips throughout took us to a really formidable total. From 10-20 overs we got about 90-95 runs. It lays a huge platform and the two main spinners of India were taken on. Hopefully this is the brand of cricket that we want to play and it has taken off. The slower balls were gripping and were taking off the deck, so we weren’t really worried. I was really happy with India’s approach sitting back. But our bowlers were superb. Liam has been outstanding for us, especially in the middle overs. There is absolutely no easy game in this tournament, as Pakistan’s game against Afghanistan showed yesterday.

23:25 hrs IST

Jonny Bairstow speaks

It was important to set a platform and assess the conditions early after winning the toss. It’s been frustrating for the guys as we’ve played well but the results have not gone in our favour. We can improve things going forward against New Zealand. I was reacting to each ball. VVS definitely helped me with his knowledge against spin (while playing for Sunrisers). They bowled well upfront as they got few edges but we capitalised later. We have three must win games in the next two weeks but we need to focus on the next game that we play against New Zealand.

23:09 hrs IST

Strange end

The match has ended, but this end was very strange. Absolutely no intent, well, it has now ended. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli set the platform, Hardik gave the momentum but England kept chipping away at the wickets, they never allowed India to break free and well, they have kept their campaign alive. India’s unbeaten run has ended in this World Cup.

22:59 hrs IST

Chase has lost steam

Nasser Hussain on commentary about MS Dhoni’s and Kedar Jadhav’s batting - “I am completely baffled by this”

Well, after Hardik’s dismissal, there has been no intent at all, there are no boundaries, its a done deal!

22:42 hrs IST

Hardik departs

Length ball, no pace to work with, Hardik tries to power it over long on, no pace, and he finds James Vince. England celebrate, India slip

22:35 hrs IST

Has India left too much to do?

They will still believe with MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya the crease, but well, this asking rate is slowly getting out of hand for India. Was the start too sluggish?

22:22 hrs IST

Enter MS Dhoni

He walks out, leaves the first ball. He has to get going today from the word go. Hardik is creaming them at the moment, Dhoni has to keep churning over the strike, at the very minimum.

22:13 hrs IST

Woakes is the man

After conceding 16 in his last over, Chris Woakes has run around the square leg boundary and has caught an absolute stunning catch to get rid of Rishabh Pant. It was a nervous, agitated stay at the crease for Pant, but England pull one back after Hardik pushed India ahead in the previous over. Plunkett has another important wicket.

21:54 hrs IST

Woakes strikes

Slowish full ball on off, Rohit goes after it, there is no pace and he nicks it to Jos Buttler. This is a huge wicket, full marks to Eoin Morgan for turning to Woakes. Rohit has to depart, well, it is a massive moment in the match, England are now overwhelming favourites.

21:47 hrs IST

100 for Rohit

3rd one in this World Cup, this one has been a hard-fought one for Rohit Sharma. He now has to bat deep into the innings and take this chase as close as possible for a final flourish

Only the 2nd Indian to score a century against England in World Cup.

Tendulkar scored 120 in 2011 at Bengaluru.

IND: 186/2

21:31 hrs IST

Rohit, absolute key

2 languid boundaries in that over, Rohit is trying to stay calm and take this chase deep. He got two boundaries in that over. India need to take this chase as deep as possible and then go for the attacking option with Pant, Pandya and Dhoni.

21:23 hrs IST

Pant is in

After all the debates, deliberations, Rishabh Pant has finally come out to bat. And he is looking way too frenetic, needs to settle down, take his time and then do what he does best. The asking rate has crossed 9, India have 8 wickets in hand, can this be done?

21:15 hrs IST

Kohli departs

Well, this is a huge wicket. Liam Plunkett bowls a wide length ball, Kohli slaps it, there is timing but there is no placement. Finds James Vince perfectly as backward point. Huge wicket, India lose a timely one just when they were starting to find all the momentum.

21:03 hrs IST

Welcome, Rohit

No struggle here! He has smacked three back to back boundaries and suddenly, this crowd has found its voice. Much needed impetus to this Indian innings. Rohit is on the move, England need to break this partnership as soon as possible.

20:59 hrs IST

50 for Rohit Sharma

After struggling in the initial phase, Rohit Sharma has finally found some form and timing. He has reached his 50, but, well, the job is not yet done. He has to now accelerate and put pressure on Adil Rashid. Game on here!

20:48 hrs IST

Kohli 50, stat attack

54th ODI fifty

· 10th fifty+ score vs ENG. 4th fifty in his last 5 ODIs vs ENG.

he joins Steven Smith to become only the 2nd batsman to hit 5 consecutive fifty+ scores in World Cup

20:44 hrs IST

50 for the skipper

The captain has been brilliant all day and he has notched up yet another 50. He now has to accelerate as the asking rate is climbing all the time. An innings of class, control from the skipper.

20:37 hrs IST

Spin introduced

Adil Rashid has been introduced into the attack. Will Kohli and Rohit break free? The asking rate is climbing all the time here. It has crossed 8.50 rpo. Will when the Indians pull the trigger? England have been disciplined and relentless all day.

20:20 hrs IST

Rohit has struggled to get going

He has faced 40 balls today, and has scored only 22 runs. This is not the fluent Rohit Sharma, but he cannot afford to throw this one away. India need these two to stay here and now start accelerating

20:13 hrs IST

SHOT OF THE DAY!

Virat Kohli elegantly drives a delivery towards mid-off boundary. What a great shot that was, and India reach 50 run mark in the 14th over.

20:04 hrs IST

Rohit slams

Rohit Sharma goes for a slog but he gets enough on it to get it wide of the mid-off and enough for a boundary. Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett carry on the Woakes-Archer show now. He hits another one to end the over, the second one more pleasing than the first.

19:57 hrs IST

‘Kohli needs to be his boistering best’

Nasser Hussain believes Virat Kohli needs to bring his boistering, screaming best. The former England captain wants to see Kohli’s “ego” in this run chase.

Meanwhile, 10 overs gone, India 29/1

19:51 hrs IST

SHOT!

Fantastic shot by Virat Kohli and he charges against Chris Woakes. Pitched outside off stump and he just slashed it hard for a boundary.

19:44 hrs IST

Archer vs Kohli

A sharp bumper, an outside edge for a boundary, an exquisite cover drive and then two solid blocks. Enthralling over that one by Jofra Archer to Indian captain Virat Kohli. India are slow here, but well, Kohli and Rohit have to the bulk of this scoring in this chase.

19:37 hrs IST

Nervy start from India

2 maidens from Chris Woakes up front. Archer has bowled a tight second over and India have also lost an early wicket. This has not been an entirely positive start from India here. But, well, this has been India’s template in ODI cricket for a while now.

19:31 hrs IST

Woakes strikes

KL Rahul has to walk back for a 0. Length ball angled in, Rahul wanted to clip it away, gets the leading edge and Woakes takes a tumbling catch in his follow through. India have been jolted early. Rahul really struggled to get going anywhere

19:27 hrs IST

Rohit dropped

Full ball shaping away, Rohit wafts at it, ball takes the outside edge and Joe Root fluffs an easy catch at second slip. Well, and Rohit slaps the next ball through covers to rub salt into the wound. The chase is up and running

19:21 hrs IST

Rahul, Rohit walk out

KL Rahul has walked out, he is accompanied by Rohit Sharma. Chris Woakes is with the new ball. These conditions are ideal to chase down this total. Will India create history? Let’s go!

19:16 hrs IST

Chase commences

India are chasing history here - they have never chased down a score above 300. Can this be the day they breach the barrier. Well, the conditions are perfect, the pitch looks flat, the boundary is extremely short on one side and India’s top order is in form. England have the runs on the board, but they will not take things for granted here!

18:52 hrs IST

England end with 337/7

Eoin Morgan won the toss, elected to bat first and the openers took off. Roy and Bairstow hammered the Indian bowlers, before the India hit back in the middle phase to pull things back. Bairstow galloped to his century, but then Shami got quick wickets in the middle overs as England stagnated. Ben Stokes then stepped up and broke free in the final few overs to power England to 337/7 . Bumrah was sensational in the death overs, absolutely sensational. India have never chased down a total of more than 300 in a World Cup, will this change today?

18:40 hrs IST

5-wicket haul for Shami

Another short ball from Shami, Woakes looks to pull it away, there is no control, no timing, he miscues it and the ball carries to Rohit Sharma at deep backward square leg who runs forward and takes the catch.

18:34 hrs IST

Shami picks his 4th

He was being tonked around for runs, he was leaking runs, and then Shami bangs one in, Buttler goes for the pull, miscues it and the bowler himself settles down under it to claim the catch. Huge wicket in this context, England lose their 5th wicket.

18:29 hrs IST

Brilliant from Bumrah

What an absolute star. Concedes only 5 runs in that over when both Stokes and Buttler are looking to take off. India will be happy with this passage, so far

18:25 hrs IST

50 for Ben Stokes

Only the 2nd time for England that there have been 3 scores of fifty or more against India in WC.

o The last time was at Lord’s in 1975.

· This is the 11th time there have been 3 fifty+ scores for England against IND in ODIs.

· This is the 7th time that there have been 3 fifty+ scores in an innings vs IND in WC.

18:19 hrs IST

Root departs

Full ball from Shami, Root shuffles across and then tries to ramp it over fine leg, times is too well and the ball carries perfectly to Hardik Pandya at deep fine leg. Well, England will not be too shabby with this result, Jos Buttler will walk out now!

18:09 hrs IST

Not a good day for Chahal

Chahal’s spell comes to an end. 10-0-88-0. His most expensive figures in ODI cricket. Roy, Bairstow and now Stokes have all gone after the leggie and there was no respite for him. Well, you only learn!

18:05 hrs IST

Stokes is on the move

Down the track, close to the pitch of the ball and then smacks it over deep mid-wicket. He is now in the mood and England can still aim for a powerful finish and end with a score in excess of 350

18:00 hrs IST

Final 10 overs

This is a massive phase in this innings. England have slowly found momentum after those quick wickets. Jasprit Bumrah has 5 overs left and he will be the key for India. England have Jos Buttler still waiting in the wings. How much will be enough?

17:51 hrs IST

Stunning spell by Shami

17:46 hrs IST

England have stagnated here

After that rollicking start, England have stalled here after all those wickets. This has been a good passage of play for India as the spinners and Shami have applied pressure. Ben Stokes is still there, so is Joe Root and Jos Buttler is in the sheds

17:31 hrs IST

Shami, the man

He has ran in all day and now he has accounted for Eoin Morgan. Banged the ball in, Morgan wants to go for the pull, the ball arrives much quicker, he is beaten for pace, top edges a pull and the ball is gobbled up by Kedar Jadhav at fine leg. Stunning spell this by Shami!

17:28 hrs IST

Good passage of play for India

There is a semblance of control for India here. At one stage, England were flying along and now with these wickets, they are starting to have a say on the proceedings. Well, but England have the firepower to be on the attack once again.

17:20 hrs IST

Bairstow departs

He had suddenly lost his timing and for some reason, was pre-empting all this strokes and now has to perish. Made room to a length ball from Shami and slashed it, but found Pant at deep cover. India have pulled things to an extent in the last couple of overs.

17:16 hrs IST

Slightly agricultural from Bairstow

This was not which Bairstow was doing early on in his innings, he is looking to play a shot a ball and this is not helping his cause here. India have bowled a couple of tight overs here.

17:08 hrs IST

200 up for England

There’s the 200 for England. It has come in 29.4 overs. With Baristow going strong, Morgan and Buttler yet to come, they should ideally post a total in excess of 400 from here.

16:57 hrs IST

HUNDRED for Jonny Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow brings up his hundred off just 90 balls

8th in ODIs, 1st against India in ODIs.

4th Englishman to score a century against India in World Cup.

1st century after 8 ODI innings. Last was against Pakistan at Bristol earlier in the year. He scored 128 in that innings.

16:42 hrs IST

Remarkable from Jadeja, India break through

Extraordinary catch from Ravindra Jadeja. India needed something special to stop the rampage and it comes from their 12th man Ravindra Jadeja. Roy comes down the track to this flighted ball, gets to the pitch of it and hits it flat towards long on. He must have felt he is going to bag another boundary but Jadeja there runs to his right, dives forward and across and takes it inches above the ground. Such efforts lifts a team when they are down and India surely needed something like this. Also, a much-needed wicket for Kuldeep, this will make him feel better and Indian will probably hope he gets into his own now. End of a brilliant innings by Roy, he has got England off to a top start. India have a chance though to pull things back here.

England 160/1

16:30 hrs IST

Record alert

The partnership between Roy and Bairstow reaches 145 runs:

This is now the highest opening partnership against India in World Cup.

Previous highest was between CG Greenidge and DL Haynes in 1979 at Birmingham. They scored 138 in that innings.

ENG: 145/0

16:27 hrs IST

Ominous signs for India

There has been 7 sixes in last 7 overs with a six present in six of those overs. Roy and Bairstow have started to give a huge headache to Virat Kohli, his wrist spinners have been taken to the cleaners, his thrid seamer Pandya too has been dealt with for good. He has to bring either Bumrah or Shami back to break this stand.

16:20 hrs IST

Roy joins the party

16th ODI fifty for Jason Roy. This is the first time 2 English openers have scored fifties against India in World Cup

Only the 4th time both English openers have scored fifty+ scores against IND in ODIs.

The last time this happened was in 2013 at Rajkot. Alastair Cook and Ian Bell scored 75 and 86 respectively in the match.

16:15 hrs IST

Injury scare for Rahul

While attempting to take Bairstow’s catch, Rahul fell awkwardly on his back and he has gone off the field. India really can’t afford this at the moment. Hopefyll, there’s nothing serious.

16:13 hrs IST

Fifty for Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow gets to his fifty with a six off Chahal:

· 12th fifty in ODIs

· 2nd vs IND in 10 innings. Last was in 2018 at Kolkata in 2017. He scored 56 in that innings.

· 3rd fifty in the World Cup this year.

16:09 hrs IST

Even Kuldeep goes for runs

Both Roy and Bairstow hit a boundary each off Kuldeep Yadav. His first over goes for 13 runs, some big problems for India. They have put under severe pressure.

16:03 hrs IST

Baristow puts Chahal under pressure

SIX! A booming slog sweep from Bairstow, doesn’t get the desired connection but because it was to the shorter side, it lands over the ropes for a six. Roy and Bairstow have stepped on the accelerator, some problems for India and Virat Kohli

15:55 hrs IST

SIX, FOUR

Wow what a response from Roy. He comes down the track and hits Pandya for a huge six over long-off and follows that up with another boundary over mid-off. The DRS misjudgement has already cost India 10 runs in a matter of 2 balls.

15:52 hrs IST

India miss a chance

Ultra Edge shows that there is a spike as the ball passes the bat. This could prove to a costly miss. Down the leg side from Pandya, Roy shuffles across and looks to pull but misses. Dhoni collects it and appeals but the umpire shakes his head and adjudges it as a wide. Kohli, Dhoni and Pandya then have a chat but don’t review

15:50 hrs IST

Fifty up for England

Fifty partnership between Bairstow and Roy:

4th fifty-run stand for the opening wicket for England against IND in World Cup.

2nd fifty+ partnership between the pair this World Cup.

They scored 128 vs Bangladesh at Cardiff.

16th fifty+ partnership between the pair in ODIs for the 1st wicket.

3rd fifty run stand between the pair in ODIs vs IND.

15:42 hrs IST

Maiden from Bumrah

First maiden of the match. Very good stuff from Bumrah, he hurried Bairstow on more than one occasion in that over. You could almost sense that the England batsman are wary of Bumrah and rightly so.

15:37 hrs IST

Roy takes Chahal on

Back-to-back boundaries from Jason Roy’s bat to finish Chahal’s 2nd over. That’s why Roy is so so dangerous at the top of the order. Chahal gave him width, he got onto the backfoot and punched it through the off side, Chahal then tried to correct his length by giving the ball more air, Roy then brought out his big sweep shot. Very good batting from the England openers. Virat Kohli has some thinking to do.

15:28 hrs IST

Chahal in the 6th over

Yuzvendra Chahal has been introduced into the attack as early as the sixth over, perhaps keeping in mind Roy and Bairstow’s weakness against wrist spin early on. But so far so good from the English opening pair, they take 7 runs from Chahal’s first over.

15:22 hrs IST

Lucky Bairstow, lucky England

Inside edge, outside edge the over had everything but a wicket for Mohammed Shami and what’s worse? One of those inside edges went to the boundary. Some early luck for Jonny Bairstow and like Nasser Hussain said in the commentary, he should make India pay now.

15:17 hrs IST

Nice from Bairstow

FOUR! Bumrah strays down the leg side, Bairstow clips it off legs and gets enough bat for it beat Rishabh Pant, who made a valiant attempt to stop that in the fine-leg boundary.

15:12 hrs IST

Bairstow almost chops it on

FOUR! Streaky, very very streaky from Bairstow. A brilliant in-dipper from Shami, Bairstow tries to drive it on the up but the swing does him, gets an inside edge which evades the stumps and races away to the fine-leg boundary.

15:09 hrs IST

Bumrah starts well

What a good over from Jasprit Bumrah. As accurate as always, no warm-up deliveries, no loosener, straight away on the money and Bairstow too gives him the due respect, only 1 run from the second over.

15:04 hrs IST

No need of sighters

Two fours in the first over, both coming from Jason Roy’s bat. You now know why England were so keen to make Roy fit. There were words that he might not be a 100% but England took the chance and it looks like it has started to pay dividends early.

14:58 hrs IST

Shami with the new ball

Mohammed Shami to start the proceedings for India, wearing the new away jersey with shades of darker blue and a very bright orange. Jason Roy takes strikes for England, he is coming back from an injury, might be scratchy at the beginning.

14:40 hrs IST

Playing XIs

India (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood

14:35 hrs IST

Rishabh Pant makes World Cup debut

Right this is huge, India have made one change and Rishabh Pant comes into the side in place of Vijay Shankar, who according to Kohli has some issue with his toe.

England, on the other hand, have mage two changes. Jason Roy expectedly replaces James Vince at the top and Liam Plunkett comes in place of Moeen Ali.

14:33 hrs IST

Toss

England win the toss and opt to bat first against India.

14:28 hrs IST

Pitch report

“It’s a fresh pitch, completely covered by dry grass, hardly any exposed soil. So first innings there will be mild turn and then with the sun coming out, it will turn a bit more in the second innings but it won’t be a rank turner. No moisture or any life to be wary of the seamers. So teams should look to bat first,” says Sanjay Manjrekar.

14:16 hrs IST

Venue insights

Highest team total: 408/9 by England vs New Zealand, 9 Jun 2015

Highest individual score: 171* by GM Turner (NZ) vs East Africa in 1975

Best bowling figures: 6/52 by Josh Hazlewood (AUS) vs New Zealand, 2017

Biggest partnership: 256 by JJ Roy, AD Hales (ENG) for the 1 st wicket vs Sri Lanka, 2016.

14:10 hrs IST

Why India should bat

India should win the toss and opt to bat first as England have been among the worst chasing sides in the last few years.

This year, England have lost 4 out of the 9 matches in which they were tasked to chase down an opposition total.

13:59 hrs IST

Virat eyes another record

After a disappointing start to his World Cup campaign, Virat Kohli bounced back with four consecutive fifties in his next 4 innings of the World Cup. Kohli has the chance of becoming the first captain to score five fifty+ scores in Word Cup. Read full story here.

13:48 hrs IST

Joe Root vs Kuldeep Yadav

Middle-order maestro Joe Root has been England most consistent performer in the tournament and he will be looking for another big innings against India. He is likely to come up against Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and the India spinner holds a decent record against him as well. Off 67 Kuldeep deliveries, Root has scored 68 runs and he has been dismissed by the spinner once in ODIs.

13:31 hrs IST

Jonny Bairstow vs Mohammed Shami

Opener Jonny Bairstow will look to hit back at the critics with his blade as he has been in the eye of the storm for most parts of the build-up to this clash. But things aren’t going to be easy as he will have to come up against in-form Mohammed Shami. The India pacer has scalped eight wickets in two outings, including a hat-trick and he will be expected to creating problems for the England top-order as well.

13:19 hrs IST

Akhtar on IND vs ENG

Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has urged Pakistan fans to support India during their ICC World Cup 2019 encounter against England on Sunday. If England lose, Pakistan need to win their final match to qualify. Read full story here.

13:08 hrs IST

Virat Kohli vs Adil Rashid

Skipper Virat Kohli has a habit of leading from the front and in this tournament, things have been pretty much the same. The last time Kohli batted at Edgbaston against England, he was comprehensively castled by spinner Adil Rashid and he will be on guard against him. Kohli has faced 57 deliveries from Rashid in ODIs and he has been dismissed by the England spinner twice.

13:02 hrs IST

England’s form

England has Joe Root at No. 4 with 432 accumulated runs, Jason Roy and Morgan 2nd equal and 4th with individual innings scores of 153 and 148, Jofra Archer No. 2 with 16 and Mark Wood No. 5 with 13 on the list of most wickets, and Archer third on the list of most dot balls delivered (236). India has not lost a game, England has lost three.

12:49 hrs IST

KL Rahul vs Chris Woakes

Opener KL Rahul has had starts in the tournament but he hasn’t been able to convert them into a big one yet. Things are about to get tricky Rahul as he will come up against England’s new-ball bowler Chris Woakes, who holds a decent ODI record against the right-hander. Off 21 Woakes’ deliveries, Rahul has scored 16 runs and has been dismissed by the pacer once.

12:34 hrs IST

Rohit Sharma vs Jofra Archer

Vice-captain Rohit Sharma has been in good nick in the tournament and is the leading run-getter for India. If he has to score a big innings against England, Rohit will have to deal with the furious pace of Jofra Archer early on in the innings. While the two have never faced each other in ODIs, Archer has dismissed Rohit twice in the IPL and that could play on the mind of the India opener.

12:24 hrs IST

Points Scenario

India, which has been dominant throughout the tournament apart from one close-call against winless Afghanistan, will join Australia in the semifinals with a win. It has 11 points from six games.

Fourth-place England has eight points from seven games and faces New Zealand in its last group match.

12:09 hrs IST

KP on Vijay Shankar

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen wants the under-fire Vijay Shankar to be retained in India’s playing XI for their much-anticipated World Cup clash against the hosts.

Taking a subtle dig at India’s persistence with Shankar at the expense of Rishabh Pant, Pietersen said the swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman will take at least three weeks to get ready, by which time the tournament will be over.

11:48 hrs IST

Lucky Ground

India and England will clash at Edgbaston, Birmigham, in a what is a must-win match for the hosts in the World Cup. The two sides have played three World Cup matches against each other in the UK -- in 1975, 1983 and 1999. England won the first time, but have lost all matches thereafter.

11:32 hrs IST

Kohli on Dhoni

Backing the under-fire Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday said that the veteran stumper-batsman was someone who didn’t need to be told what to do. “He (Dhoni) had a decent game against Pakistan. Against Afghanistan on that pitch, he looked really assured. We had discussed shot selection with him for that game. In the last game again, he came out and looked really good,” he said.

11:28 hrs IST

India’s new jersey

India skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday said he is fine with the new ‘away jersey’ for one game as it looks smart but maintained that blue will always remain their original colour.

“For one game, it’s fine. I don’t think permanently we’d be heading in that direction because blue has always been our colour, very proud to wear that. For a change and looking at the occasion, it’s (away jersey) a very smart kit,” Kohli told reporters on the eve of their crunch tie against hosts and pre-tournament favourites England.

11:18 hrs IST

India on top

It all looks good for the Indians as the top-order has done well and the bowlers have been impressive from the word go. M.S. Dhoni’s slow knock against Afghanistan did see some pundits raising their voices, but the former India skipper silenced them with his knock against West Indies on a slow track at the Old Trafford on Thursday. In fact, he picked 16 runs from the last over of the innings to finish with an unbeaten 56 off 61 balls at an impressive strike rate of 91.80.

11:05 hrs IST

Jason Roy returns

England opener Jason Roy is set to return from a torn hamstring in Sunday’s crucial Cricket World Cup match against India, said captain Eoin Morgan who is optimistic quick Jofra Archer will continue to play through a side strain.

England need all hands on deck after back-to-back defeats complicated their semi-finals passage ahead of their last two group assignments against India and New Zealand -- teams they have not beaten in World Cup since 1992.

10:52 hrs IST

Hello and Welcome

Welcome to the live coverage of the ICC World Cup 2019 encounter between India and England. The records are stacked in favour of India as the English outfit hasn’t defeated them in World Cup encounters in the last 27 years. The only concern for India would be the number four slot as Vijay Shankar has failed to make it his own after three attempts at that spot. While he was unbeaten for 15 in the first game against Pakistan, he managed 29 against Afghanistan before getting done for 14 against the West Indies.