"We Weren't Clinical With Bat", Says Virat Kohli After Loss To England

Roy, Bairstow ride their luck with century stand against India

Roy, Bairstow ride their luck with century stand against India

England has revitalized its Cricket World Cup campaign with a 31-run victory over India at Edgbaston. India had Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni at the crease with Kedar Jadhav to come.

Bairstow (111 off 109 balls), along with fit-again Jason Roy (66 off 57 balls), added 160 for the first wicket on a track where Kuldeep (1/72 in 10 overs) and Chahal (0/88 in 10 overs) had a forgettable day. However, the two didn't show enough intent and kept picking up ones and twos. But they also need the Kiwis to help them out by beating England.

"They (England bowlers) bowled in good areas and the ball was stopping, hence it was hard to bat towards the end". Their game against West Indies on Durham today is only of academic interest now as the men from the Caribbean too have just pride to play for. "So quite freakish on a flat pitch, it's the first time we've experienced that so it's insane that things fall in place like that randomly".

But after getting off to a slow start, India's free-scoring batting was scuttled by brilliant fielding and disciplined slow-bowling by England. 'It is freakish on a flat pitch. It's insane that things fall in place like that randomly.

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When asked about the performance of India's two spinners, he said, "If batsmen are able to reverse sweep for a six you can't do much as a spinner".

"You could just tell when they were coming out this morning the swagger was coming back", said Vaughan. Rishabh Pant, playing his first game of the tournament, chipped in with 32.

Though Roy was unable to field after being struck on the arm - a bruise that conveniently allowed him to rest up during the second innings - Morgan played down the severity of the fresh injury amid praise for the right-hander's belligerence. I thought they were going towards 360 at one stage and we did quite well to pull them back. "We were quite happy at the break". India could have sealed a semifinal spot with two games remaining, but couldn't avail that opportunity. It certainty resonates with everybody in the changing room - it's the way we wanted to play.

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