England batsmen finally got an opportunity to flex their muscles on a good pitch at the 2019 World Cup and they made it count after Jonny Bairstow’s brilliant ton laid the foundation of a mammoth 337-7 in Birmingham on Sunday.
Jason Roy returned despite being not 100 per cent fit and he teamed up with Bairstow to star in a 160-run opening stand inside 23 overs. The hosts lost their way in the middle but recovered thanks to a breathtaking 79 from 54 balls from Ben Stokes.
India’s wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav (1-72) and Yuzvendra Chahal (0-88) were taken to the cleaners while Mohammed Shami’s five wickets cost 69 runs. The only Indian bowler who held his own against a rampant England batting was Jaspritr Bumrah who gave away just 44 runs from his 10 overs and got the wicket of Stokes.
It was masterclass on how to bowl in good batting conditions from Bumrah. Even the set batsmen couldn’t line him up as Bumrah conceded just three boundaries in total and finished the innings by giving away just three in the 50th. His yorkers, slower balls and bouncers were on the money and he didn’t deviate from his plans even as Shami leaked full toss after full toss from the other end. Gold class stuff.
Jasprit Bumrah has bowled 31 death overs in ODIs this year. Only two of them have seen him concede more than 10 runs. #CWC19— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) June 30, 2019
Bumrah didn’t try anything fancy on a true batting pitch. Just fast and straight with a few slower ones against the tailenders. To concede just three boundaries when the opposition has amassed nearly 350 is other worldly. Shame he didn’t get economical support from the other end.
In excellent batting conditions, you really can’t ask for anything more while bowling first. When things aren’t going your way, it takes a huge effort to cut your losses and Bumrah ensured that India weren’t chasing 370, which was a distinct possibility.
You will rarely see such control throughout 10 overs from a bowler while the opposition is decimating the rest of the attack. It showed what class bowler Bumrah is and also that England played him smartly – not taking many risks against him and getting the runs from the other end.
Jason Roy made his England return for the crunch World Cup game against India, with all-rounder Moeen Ali dropped.
Roy has missed the last three games with a torn hamstring but has been passed fit to reclaim his opening spot from the off-form James Vince.
Jofra Archer retained his place despite ongoing trouble with his left side, with Liam Plunkett recalled in place of Moeen.
Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to bat first against an India side which included Risabh Pant in place of Vijay Shankar.
Who will come out on top in Birmingham?
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The 2019 World Cup qualification scenario is getting even more interesting with Australia the only team to have confirmed qualification for the semi-finals so far.
So who needs to do what in order to ensure qualification over the next week? Here are the scenarios as things stand prior to England’s clash with India on June 30, 2019.
Matches: 7, Points: 8, Position: 5, Remaining games: v India and New Zealand.
It’s straightforward really. Beat India on Sunday and then New Zealand to move up to 12 points and Eoin Morgan won’t have to worry about any other results.
If England win just one game, they will move up to 10 points and then must hope Bangladesh beat Pakistan. In that case, Sri Lanka also must win only one of their next two games – against West Indies and India – for England to feel safe.
Matches: 8, Points: 9, Position: 4, Remaining match: v Bangladesh
The men in green have one game to go – against Bangladesh. It’s a critical clash for both teams as at least one semi-final position would be available when they meet on July 5.
If Pakistan defeat the Tigers, they will go up to 11 points but their net run rate might still remain negative. New Zealand could lose to England and still have have a better run rate than Pakistan on 11 points. Ideally, if England lose both their games, Pakistan will be through provided they beat Bangladesh.
Matches: 7, Points: 7, Position: 6, Remaining matches: v India and Pakistan
The Tigers can make it to the semis if they beat Pakistan and India and then England lose to the Kiwis. Bangladesh will then move up to 11 points and that will secure their qualification as England would only have one win for 10 points.
If Bangladesh beat India and lose to Pakistan, they will only go up to nine points and won’t qualify.
Matches: 7, Points: 6, Position: 7, Remaining matches: v West Indies and India
Sri Lanka have six points and can go up to 10 if they beat West Indies and India. To qualify, they will also have to hope Pakistan and England lose all their games while Bangladesh lose to India.
In that case they will be through alongside Australia, New Zealand and India.