India vs England, India Won by 100 Runs, 29th Match – ICC World Cup 2023, Cricbuzz

IND 229/9 (50)

ENG 129 (34.5)

India won by 100 runs

Rohit Sharma

Cricbuzzteam, India vs England, India’s dominant run continues with six consecutive victories, propelling them to the top of the rankings. They won the first five matches while batting second and managed to secure a 100-run triumph, even though they only scored 229 runs. They are still the only team without a loss in the competition and are very close to securing a spot in the semifinals. On the other hand, England had another disappointing performance with the bat. They remain at the bottom of the table and are almost out of the semifinal contention. They’ve had a few close matches and a couple where they successfully defended moderate scores. With that, it’s time to conclude this match.

Rohit Sharma expressed, “This match truly showcased the character within our team. Our seasoned players rose to the occasion when it mattered most and secured the victory for us. Considering our journey in this tournament, we knew we had to perform well in this match. We faced a challenging start as the opposition bowlers performed admirably in the beginning.

Our goal was to reach a competitive total on a pitch that offered some assistance to the bowlers. Unfortunately, our batting performance wasn’t at its best, and losing three wickets early on was far from ideal. Some of us, including myself, gave away our wickets needlessly. In hindsight, we fell short by around 30 runs, which is not a common occurrence.

When starting your innings, it’s essential to take a couple of wickets to build pressure on the opposition. Fortunately, our fast bowlers always come through when it matters, securing those crucial breakthroughs. They effectively exploited the favorable conditions and consistently delivered the ball in the right areas. Our bowling unit has a well-rounded mix of options and experience, which is crucial.

Putting runs on the board is of utmost importance for our batsmen, and we need to continue doing so to maintain our momentum in the tournament

Jos Buttler expressed his disappointment, stating, “We are very disappointed with the outcome. At the halfway mark, while chasing a target of 230, and considering the conditions, we had confidence in our ability to chase it down. It seemed like a familiar scenario. We weren’t certain if dew would become a factor, but we had a gut feeling that we should choose to chase.

In this tournament, our bowling performance was exceptional, applying significant pressure, taking crucial wickets, and maintaining control. If you had told us we would be chasing 230, we would have been content with that prospect. Personally, I aimed to absorb some pressure, navigate through the initial phase, and then establish partnerships to disrupt India’s momentum. It’s all about commitment and executing our skills. Chasing 230, there wasn’t a significant burden from the scoreboard. It was about successfully navigating that initial phase. Unfortunately, we continue to fall short, and we’re in search of answers.

India vs England Stats

STAT: 59th win for India in World Cups going past New Zealand’s 58; only Australia have won more (73)
This is the first instance of England losing four World Cup matches in a row.

Most matches lost by a defending champion in a World Cup
4 Australia in 1992
4* England in 2023

England totals last three ODIs
170 vs SA (22 overs)
156 vs SL (25.4 overs)
129 vs Ind (34.5 overs)
They were never bowled out for under 200 in successive World Cup matches previously.

Six bowled dismissals in England’s innings – the joint second most in a World Cup game behind East Africa’s seven against England in 1975

Most bowled dismissals by India in an ODI
6 vs SL Sharjah 1986
6 vs WI Kolkata 1993
6 vs Eng Lucknow 2023

Rohit, the Player of the Match, shared his thoughts, “When we reflect on the first 10 overs, it was imperative to establish a partnership with KL Rahul. The pitch posed a considerable challenge, but it became more batsman-friendly as the game unfolded. I’m content with our victory.

Experience has taught me that success isn’t just about playing aggressive shots; it involves assessing the conditions and the situation. Joining forces with KL was a necessity. Even so, I still believe we fell short by about 20 runs at the halfway point. Facing the new ball presented difficulties, and as the ball lost its shine, rotating the strike wasn’t easy either. As I mentioned, we might have been 20 to 30 runs short, but I’ll gladly accept this win any day.

Bumrah consistently delivered tight lines, securing early breakthroughs with back-to-back wickets. Malan was dismissed after chopping on, and Root was trapped right in front for a golden duck. Shami’s deliveries moved brilliantly and were nearly unplayable. Stokes attempted to slog his way out of trouble but, to no avail, departed without scoring, followed immediately by Bairstow.

The Bumrah-Shami bowling partnership was of the highest quality, and England couldn’t recover from those early setbacks. Kuldeep bowled a fantastic delivery to clean up Buttler, delivering a decisive blow. Except for Siraj, all the Indian bowlers displayed unwavering resolve as they defended a total of 229 with great confidence.

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