England, on Friday, made a mockery of India’s total of 336 and displayed just why they are the most fearsome batting-unit in the world as they gunned down the target in a mere 43.3 overs to claim crucial ODI Super-League points.
Chasing 337 to win, England once again got off to a brilliant start as Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy accumulated 110 runs in just 16.3 overs.
Roy has eventually dismissed thanks to a brilliant piece of fielding by Rohit Sharma. However, the dismissal of Roy did not stop England from going on a rampage as the duo of Bairstow and Ben Stokes knocked out the stuffing of a toothless bowling performance by India.
Jonny Bairstow smashed his 11th ODI hundred while Ben Stokes too completed his fifty in just 40 deliveries. However, it was after Stokes got his half-century that the actual carnage started.
The English all-rounder went on to smash 49 runs in the next 12 deliveries to take the game completely out of India’s reach.
India eventually dismissed Stokes which led to a mini-collapse with Prasidh Krishna claiming Bairstow and Buttler in one over.
However, debutant Liam Livingstone’s unbeaten 21-ball 27 ensured that England gunned down the target in 43.3 overs to not only enforce a series-decider but also claim 10 crucial ICC Men’s ODI World Cup Super-League points.
Earlier in the day, India once again got off to a sedate start as they lost both their openers with not many runs on the board.
Captain Virat Kohli and KL Rahul consolidated the innings with a 121-run-stand for the 3rd wicket. Kohli once again failed to convert his 50 into a three-figure score but that wasn’t the case with KL Rahul. who hammered his 5th ODI ton.
But, it was really the belligerence of Rishabh Pant [77 off 40 balls] and Hardik Pandya;s 16-ball 35 that ensured that India smashed 126 runs off the last ten but as it turned out even that didn’t prove to be enough as England romped home in a canter.