India ridiculously defeated by England on Sunday. In Birmingham, winning the the toss the hosts scored a fighting capital of 337/7 thanks to century by Jonny Bairstow and a cameo from Ben Stokes. Although Sharma hit 102 — his third century of the tournament — but India fell short of their 338-run target in 31-run loss. But there is a huge a question; were India in a mood to win the match?
With the most strong batting line-up in the world cup they just managed to score 306 runs in 50 overs keeping 5 wickets in hand. There lack of winning mentality was clear among the Indian batsmen.
Though Rohit Sharma admits there were “lessons” to be learnt from England’s bowlers after India suffered their first defeat of this World Cup.
Jonny Bairstow led England’s charge with his 111 off 109 balls to set up an England victory that got them a step closer to booking a semi-finals berth.
Bowlers led by Chris Woakes then bowled a disciplined line to choke India in the final overs despite a 138-run second-wicket stand between Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli.
Rohit Sharma said after the match, “They played better cricket throughout this match. While batting they had not one but three partnerships. On the other side we had only one big partnership.”
“They mixed the short ball and the slower ball and forced us to hit at the longer boundaries which was a lesson for us for our next game.”
India need to win one of their remaining two group matches to clinch their semi-final berth, with their next clash against Bangladesh slated for Tuesday back in Birmingham.
After a strong partnership from Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli India was surely in the way to win the match. But MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav were criticised for their lack of intent in the final five overs when the duo managed just 39 runs. They had no endeavor to win the match.
It is believed by the cricket specialists, India actually left the match to England so that they can easily reach into the semis while rival Pakistan and dangerous Bangladesh thrown away from the race of the next round of the tournament.