India vs England ICC CWC 2023 Match 29 Report: It was like England had multiple snakebites, and when they tried to get up, they went back to the ground having been struck by lightning. England’s woes in the World Cup continue, as this time the blow was from India, and they fell deep down on the table, having won just one game in the tournament.
England Fell Off Climbing a Modest Cliff
In a World Cup flooded with huge totals, it could have been a better target that India put forward to chase. And England should have capitalized on this one, but their batters fell down easy, like burnt locusts. It felt like the continuous blows in this World Cup had narrowed down their confidence, and they accepted their fate without a fight. Or was India that good for them?
Shami’s Riotous Spell and BAMrah’s Heavy Hit
Chasing a total of 229, England might have thought that this was it, and we are gonna win this. But India had their tools sharpened more than ever to aim right at the core. By the time the first 10 overs ended, England had 40 on their scoreboard but had lost four important wickets, split by Mohammed Shami and Jusprit Bumrah between them. Shami had given away just 4 runs while clinching 2 wickets. Even Bumrah didn’t like giving away many runs, allowing just 17 in five overs.
They continued their press throughout the game, denying the England batters a breathing space. Shami picked two more, while Bumrah added one. In fact, their highest scorer was Livingstone, who could only score 27. With 15.1 overs to spare, India walked into victory by folding up England’s innings at 129, a solid victory of a ton.
When India Put On to Bat for the First Time, It Didn’t Go So Smooth
India had to bat first for the first time in the tournament, not for a change but because of the toss-winning opponent. And the road had a number of stones and spines. Starting with the loss of Shubman Gill (9) and Virat Kohli (a nine-ball duck) early. If someone was there to straighten the backbone, it was the skipper, with his beautiful 87 on a tricky, tough Lucknow pitch. The SKY backed him with 49 runs and helped India not collapse before reaching 200. Bumrah joining with Kuldeep, who added 25 runs at the end, would have been a game-changer if England had a little more momentum in the chase.
India vs England ICC CWC 2023 Match 29 Report: Score Summary
229 for 8 (Rohit 87, Suryakumar 49, Willey 3-45)
129 (Livingstone 27, Shami 4-22, Bumrah 3-32)
India won by 100 runs