With a superb show, England reignited their World Cup campaign to defeat India by 31 runs at an Edgbaston electric. The hosts bounced back from consecutive losses to defeat the only unbeaten team remaining in the tournament and with a victory over New Zealand on Wednesday will definitely reach the semi-finals.
Jonny Bairstow crunched 111 as he met Jason Roy for a 160’s opening stand with the fit-again. Roy made 66 and with 79 to raise England to 337-7, Ben Stokes added some late momentum.
Although the bowling of England was disciplined, there was the fear that India could pull off the largest chase in the history of the World Cup when Virat Kohli shared 138 with Rohit Sharma, who went on to finish a century after Kohli left for 66.
With 102 out of the final 10 overs required, MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya briefly lifted the ecstatic India fans ‘ hopes, only for England to hold on to their nerves and limit India to 306-5.