The way Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow were batting against India in the ongoing match, India needed something very special to break that stand. Eoin Morgan won the toss and decided to bat first on a belter of an Edgbaston track. The pitch had nothing to offer to the bowlers and England openers did not wait long to unleash the big hits.
After collecting 47 runs from the first ten overs, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow targeted India’s spinners. They were trying to hit almost every delivery out of the park, leaving Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal clueless. But their ultra-aggressive approach also became the reason for the end of their stunning stand as Roy paid the price for playing just too many big hits.
England are motoring 🚙
Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy have crossed 150 in the 21st over 😮
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 30, 2019
The credit, however, should go to Ravindra Jadeja for pulling off one of the best catches of the ongoing competition. On the first delivery of the 23rd over, Jason Roy hit Kuldeep Yadav’s delivery straight over his head. The ball was looking primed to cross the boundary rope. But before the ball could cross the boundary, Ravindra Jadeja ran to his left from long-on, dived full length forward at full speed and took the catch just inches from the ground. The breathtaking catch ended the massive 160-run stand for the first wicket.
India, meanwhile, will have a chance to seal their spot in the final four today. The Men in Blue, who are yet to lose a game in the competition, have accumulated 11 points from 6 games. India now need just a solitary point from 3 games to progress ahead. After the ongoing game, India will lock horns against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and will be confident of going ahead.
On the other hand, England are in a spot of bother. They need to win both of their remaining games to ensure a spot in the semifinal. In case they lost even one game, they are likely to depend on other results to make it to the last four. England have suffered three losses in the competition already including two back-to-back when they failed to chase down 232 and 285 against Sri Lanka and Australia respectively.
Here is the catch from Ravindra Jadeja: