Sharma says India must learn from England loss

Sharma says India must learn from England loss

Sharma says India must learn from England loss

Jonny Bairstow hit a hundred before Chris Woakes starred as England ended India's unbeaten run at this World Cup with a 31-run win on Sunday to once again leave semi-final qualification in their own hands.

Two incomers into England's side helped to inject the steel that had been absent in their defeats by Sri Lanka at Headingley and Australia at Lord's.

England have two crucial decisions to make, over opener Jason Roy's hamstring and paceman Jofra Archer's nagging side problem. Captain Eoin Morgan has hinted selection may have to be a judgement call, with an element of risk lingering over both men. 'If we win them, we go through to the semi-finals and if we win that, we get through to a World Cup final. But come Sunday, it will be a battle of survival for England as they look to keep their hopes alive of making it to the knockout stages when they take on Virat Kohli and boys at Edgbaston in their second last group game. Already in a tight spot, how will England react to this extra factor?

India, with 11 points from six games, are now placed second in the table, and need to win just one game of their remaining three matches to qualify for the semifinals. A tetchy media appearance following defeat to Australia, during which he suggested some pundits were willing the team to fail, hinted that he was working himself into a siege mentality that could yet pay dividends, even if former England captain Michael Vaughan did not see it that way.

Joe Root (44 off 54) kept the scoreboard ticking over but the real damage late in the innings was done by Ben Stokes, who blasted six fours and three sixes in the type of innings England needed to take its total to the next level. It was a young Ganguly, who wrote England's epitaph with an all-round show at this very ground at the 1999 World Cup.

But the kit has stirred controversy and prompted satire in India. Similarly, Afghanistan who generally sport blue jerseys, wore kits with areas of red added to the blue. For me it would be eight.

"The contrast is good, the fit is great". But I personally felt he looked really solid.

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