Bairstow, Woakes star as England beat India to keep World Cup hopes alive

The opening pair of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy helped England thrash India by 31 runs in the 38th game of the ICC Cricket World Cup played at Birmingham.

The day started with the home side captain Eoin Morgan winning the toss and opting to bat first on newly prepared wicket.His decision proved to  be a correct one as Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy added 160 runs in the first 20 overs.

A 160-run partnership for the opening wicket put England on course for a mammoth total on the board. But Virat Kohli’s side made a grand comeback and restricted England to a score of 337 for 7 in the 50 overs by taking wickets at regular interval.

For England, Jonny Bairstow smashed a scintillating 111 off 109 balls while Ben Stokes provided the quick-fire innings to see England post a competitive score on the board. All-rounder scored 79 off 54 balls with the help of 6 fours and 3 sixes.

Jason Roy also produced a splendid innings in his comeback game for England. He scored 66 off 57 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes.

The star of the show for the English team was pace bowler Chris Woakes, who claimed figures of two for 55 in his 10 overs. He was well supported by pacer Liam Plunkett, who picked up three wickets.

In reply, India got off to a slow start as Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer produced probing spells with the new-ball.

For India, opener Rohit Sharma was the standout performer as he scored brilliant 102 off 109 balls with the help of fifteen fours. He was well-supported by Captain Virat Kohli, who scored 66 off 76 balls with the help of seven fours.

Once Rohit and Kohli departed, England took control of the game. The likes of Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni failed to up the ante in the final 10 overs of the innings. India could only manage to score 306 for loss of five wickets in 50 overs. With this result, England keep their World Cup alive and will clash with New Zealand at Chester-le-Street.

For India, pacer Mohammad Shami was the only successful bowler as he claimed figures of 5 fot 69.

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