World Cup 2019: England sets a solid target of 338 for India

BIRMINGHAM: Host England on Sunday set a solid target of 338 for India here at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

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Jonny Bairstow played a brilliant stroke of 111 runs to give his team a fighting chance against Indian bowlers. He was well-assisted by Ben Stokes, Jason Roy and Joe Root who scored 79, 66, and 44 runs respectively.

Mohammad Shami dismissed five English batsmen on his own. Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav took one wicket each.

The only unbeaten team in the tournament, India sits on the second spot on the points table with five wins out of six with just their game against New Zealand being rained out.

On the other hand, hosts England who began their World Cup journey on a high-note, faltered around after back to back defeats at the hands of Australia and Sri Lanka and a thrashing at the hands of Pakistan earlier in the tournament.

For India, steadiness has been key throughout the tournament with both their bowling and batting department performing.

On the other hand, England who were taken apart from their top spot as the top ranked will be looking to bounce back from their defeats.

Squads:

England: Eoin Morgan (c), James Vince, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Jason Roy, Liam Plunkett, Tom Curran and Liam Dawson

India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja

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