India has been invincible team of CWC 2023. They won 5 games of the 5 matches and topped the table. Now, they needed to win against England to strengthen their position at the top. India had a difficult start in the game but they came over top. Lucknow pitch has been slow and low and many teams faced troubles. India won against England with 100 runs.
England won the toss and elected to field first. India for the first time needed to set a target than chase it. Shubman Gill(9), Virat Kohli(0), Shreyas Iyer(4) failed in first 12 overs. At 40/3, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul came together to put a partnership. They scored 91 runs in 18.2 overs. Rohit Sharma missed out his well-deserved century at 87 from 101 balls.
England bowlers made it even tough for Indian batters to score. Suryakumar Yadav scored 49 runs and tried to take the team to the required 250. In the death overs, bowlers took score to 229/9 by playing full overs. David Willey(3/55), Chris Woakes(2/33), Adil Rashid(2/35) and Mark Wood(1/46) took wickets for England. In the chase, bowling had to be precise for Indian win.
Jonny Bairstow(14) and Dawid Malan(16) gave a good start with 30 runs in 4.4 overs. Jasprit Bumrah took Dawid Malan and Joe Root(0) back-to-back. Immediately, Ben Stokes(0) and Bairstow got out to Mohammed Shami. Liam Livingstone(27) tried but bowlers took English wickets at regular intervals. David Willey(16) got some good hits in the end. Still, England got all out for 129. Mohammed Shami(4/22), Jasprit Bumrah(3/32), Kuldeep Yadav(2/24) and Ravindra Jadeja(1/16) took wickets.
With this 100 runs win, Indian team has topped the table at 1st position. They have become the only team to win 6 matches out of 6. With 12 points, they have almost confirmed their qualification to the Semi-Finals. India will now face Sri Lanka in their next game. Team would be aiming to win all 9 games and go into the Semis with great confidence.