England produced a scintillating batting effort taking on the Indian spinners to post runs in the must-win game for them at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav had a rare off day in business as they both shelled out 169 runs from their quota of 20 overs claiming one wicket. And in the process, Chahal achieved an unwanted record giving away 88 runs in his full quota.
Chahal creates unwanted record
Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah bowled exceptionally well to pull down the target after Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow added 160 runs for the first wicket. They absolutely took on the Indian spinners from the word go. Bairstow, in particular, was the dangerous of the two, smashing six sixes during his knock of 111 runs of 109 deliveries. Roy also didn’t lag hitting six boundaries and two over-boundaries in his 66-run knock. The duo set the tone before a blinder from Ravindra Jadeja broke the partnership dismissing Roy off Kuldeep Yadav’s fielding.
India finally made a comeback in the game with Mohammed Shami picking two quick wickets to dismiss Bairstow and Eoin Morgan to sneak back. But Ben Stokes continued his supreme form to take on Yuzvendra Chahal again to keep the scoreboard ticking. Shami picked three more later but shelled runs in the last two overs to help England cross the 300-run mark. Jasprit Bumrah was once again outstanding to contain the total to 337 runs at the end of 50 overs.
Meanwhile, Yuzvendra Chahal’s poor outing earned him an unwanted record at Edgbaston. His none for 88 in ten overs in today match overhauled Javagal Srinath’s 87 during the the 2003 World Cup in the list of most runs conceded by Indian bowlers in a World Cup game. Karshan Ghavri conceded 83 runs during the 1975 Prudential Cup which remains the third highest run shelled by an Indian bowler in a World Cup encounter.
It will be a daunting task from the Indian batters to chase the massive target which will be the biggest chase so far in the World Cup.