England comfortably beat India on Sunday by 31-runs at Edgbaston, Birmingham. This win removes the burden from England’s head after two consecutive defeat to Sri Lanka and Australia. England already moved a step closer to semi-finals. This defeat saw India’s unbeaten run is now over.

England’s comfortable victory over India

Host and top favorite England’s semi-final hopes got heavy blow after two consecutive loss against Sri Lanka and Australia. Their loss to Sri Lanka was much surprising. Finally, they get back on the track after defeating India who was previously unbeaten in this campaign before this match.

Jonny Bairstow‘s 111-runs helped England to set up a 31-runs victory and get closer to the semi-final spot.

Eoin Morgan‘s troops won the toss, elected to bat and posted 337/7 in 50 overs thanks to two beautiful innings from Bairstow and Ben Stokes who scored 111 and 79 respectively.

India needed a record run to win the game and finished on 306/5 which effectively ended their World Cup’s unbeaten journey.

England’s semi-final ticket is on their hands now. If they can beat New Zealand in their next game, they will get the ticket for semi-finals while India has to wait for their turn to get in the semi-final berth. The still have two games left to confirm their semi-final berth.

Jonny Bairstow’s mercuric century and Ben Stokes‘s blistering 79-runs saw England posted an authoritative score of 337/7 in their crunch game against India.

Jonny Bairstow’s magnificent century helped England to post a massive amount of runs.

This win was much-needed for England as their semi-final spot is on their own hands after two consecutive defeat against 1996 World Cup Champions Sri Lanka and current champions Australia.

Their magnificent victory unfurls as they were able to capitalize their captain Eoin Morgan’s decision’s to bat first.

Two of their openers posted 160-runs partnership where Bairstow managed to score massive 111 runs and another opener Jason Roy posted 66-runs after coming from a hamstring injury which saw him sit 3 games at a stretch.

Mohammed Shami was the best bowler of India who made his career-best performance of 69-5, his first-time five-wickets haul in international cricket.

Jason Roy left for the bench as he suffered a hamstring injury. Finally, he comes back and made a searing 66-runs from 57 deliveries with an astonishing run-rate of 115.25.

Man of the Match” Jonny Bairstow was at his best and helped England to posted a bulky amount of runs.

After K L Rahul‘s duck, Kohli, and Rohit Sharma played really well and posted a 168-runs partnership. After their dismissal, India never seemed to fight back and the rest of the players especially MS Dhoni and Kedar Jhadav were only interested to protect the run-rate.

Their style of playing was not that aggressive as it should be. India’s loss means the fate of their South Asian neighbors Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka is now hanging on a thread.

England is now in a very strong position to reach in the semifinals.

England will be back in action on July 3rd against New Zealand on their final group stage match in Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street while India will face Bangladesh on July 2nd on the same venue they have faced England.