England have boosted their chances of a World Cup semi-final berth by claiming a 31-run victory over India at Edgbaston, ending the visitors’ unbeaten streak.
A spirited England have ended India’s unbeaten run in the World Cup with a 31-run victory in a high-scoring group match to boost their semi-final prospects.
Jonny Bairstow smashed a belligerent 111, Jason Roy returned from a hamstring injury to make 66 and Ben Stokes (79) provided the late burst in England’s commanding 7-337 after they elected to bat on an Edgbaston featherbed.
Rohit Sharma smashed his third hundred of the tournament and Virat Kohli his fifth successive half-century but India did not get another significant partnership and finished on 5-306 on Sunday.
England leapfrog Pakistan to fourth place with 10 points from eight games, while India remain second on 11 from seven matches.
“It’s been frustrating a little bit for the guys, we know how well we can play,” Bairstow said after collecting his man-of-the-match award.
“But today we were pretty good with bat, ball and in the field.
“It was the closest to a complete performance we’ve had in the competition but we also know we’ve got three must-win games in this World Cup up next.”
Roy made an instant impact on his return from injury, forging the tournament’s highest opening stand with Bairstow, and both survived some torrid moments before tearing into the Indian attack during their 160-run stand.
Bairstow nearly deflected a couple of inside edges onto the stumps and Roy got a caught-behind reprieve on 21 when he gloved Hardik Pandya.
The umpire, however, declared it wide and the Indians deliberated for a while before deciding against reviewing the decision in front of an anxious crowd of predominantly India fans.
England reached the 150 mark in the 21st over and it took a stunning catch by substitute fielder Ravindra Jadeja in the deep to send back Roy.
Bairstow brought up his eighth ODI century off 90 balls, celebrating by dropping his helmet, stretching out his arms and soaking in the applause.
Mohammed Shami (5-69) returned to end Bairstow’s 109-ball blitz which included six sixes and 10 boundaries.
Stokes clobbered three sixes and six boundaries in his blistering knock before Jasprit Bumrah dismissed him in the final over.
India, clad in their away orange-and-blue jerseys, wobbled early in their chase.
Chris Woakes began with three maiden overs, catching the scoreless KL Rahul off his own bowling in his second.
India could have been in a deeper crisis but Root, who made 44 with the bat, spilled Rohit, who was then on four, at slip off Jofra Archer.
Rohit went on to stitch a 138-run partnership with Kohli, the duo frustrating the English attack with their risk-free accumulation.
“Every team has lost a game or two here and there. No-one likes to lose but we have to take it in our stride,” Kohli said.
“We have to accept it. We are still playing good cricket. The mood is the same in the changing room. We will learn from it and move forward.”