The whole finally proved greater than sufficient because the Males in Blue romped house by 100 runs on a tough monitor.Having aced 5 chases, the batters might have been itching for a unique form of challenges.
They bought it in spades — the brilliance of Chris Woakes, David Willey and Adil Rashid on a useful wicket. Rohit, who had been hanging at 134.01 within the Powerplay coming into this recreation, performed out a maiden to Willey, at that time solely the second maiden bowled by a crew in opposition to India on this World Cup.
The skipper realised early that the pitch might swimsuit England’s assault, that their fielding was on level on the day, that this was not a floor to drive on the up. He switched to ‘Plan B’ and tailored accordingly, taking part in a measured, affected person knock interspersed with moments of chic artistry and a few belligerent hits.
One shot off Adil Rashid was notably memorable, a slight opening of the bat face because the ball pierced the off-side cordon. Rohit fell simply wanting scripting an epic nevertheless it was the top-order succumbing round him that can fear the crew.
Woakes bought Shubman Gill with a wobble-seamed magnificence that nipped 1.28 levels again in and zipped by way of the hole between bat and pad, the opener taking part in the straight line.
Did England goal an current technical weak point?
A weird Kohli dismissal adopted, the star batter unable to absorb dot-pressure strain from David Willley. After a superb piece of fielding at cowl by Dawid Malan denied him a chance to open his account, Kohli fell for a nine-ball duck, his first such occasion this yr.
Then got here the by-now predictable sample of a Shreyas Iyer dismissal, arrange by a brief ball. Once more, there was dot-ball strain, forcing the batter to cost at Chris Woakes, who expectedly banged it in and easily waited for the miscued pull to comply with. How lengthy earlier than the crew administration’s persistence runs out if Iyer retains making the identical errors at this stage?
On the midway stage of the innings, 57 of the 89 runs scored by India had come off Rohit’s bat. KL Rahul performed a pleasant second fiddle with an important 91-run stand together with his skipper, however then threw his wicket away within the thirty first over, charging inexplicably at Willey.
Lastly, the benefit with which Suryakumar Yadav performed on this pitch (49 off 47b; 4×4, 1×6) begs the query: shouldn’t he be a daily within the XI and never only a alternative choice?
India are on a roll however any chinks that stay of their plans might must be eradicated earlier than the knockout stage of the World Cup, a stage they’re now virtually sure to make. And with Pakistan’s semis spot extremely unlikely, India set to play their last-four conflict in Mumbai.