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ICC World Cup - England beat India

July 1, 2019

India lost its first match of the ongoing ICC World Cup yesterday against England by 31 runs.

The game did not go in favor of India despite some personal bests for Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma who made 100 off 106 balls.

Virat Kohli become the first captain to score five back to back fifties in World Cup history and Rohit Sharma became the second Indian batsman in history to score three hundreds in a World Cup.

Virat Kohli later said, "Every team has lost a game or two here or there, you just have to accept that the opposition played a better game on the day, They were just more clinical in terms of their execution of their plans. We are still playing good cricket, and the morale is still the same in the dressing room. We just have to brush this aside as professional cricketers, learn from it and move forward.

He also blamed the flat pitch and smaller boundaries for the loss.

England won the toss and decided to bat setting a target of 338 for India. The Indian team started quite slow and lost crucial wickets very fast. KL Rahul went first for a duck and the run rate remained far from the expected rate. Pandya hit some massive shots and made 45 runs off 33 balls.

Yuzvendra Chahal gave away most runs by an Indian in a World Cup match after giving away 88 runs. England is now at number four position on the table and Pakistan is at the fifth

England will make it to the semi-final if they beat New Zealand in their final league match on Wednesday while India still has two games to play.

Harsha Bhogle‏ tweeted, England back on track. Too good a team to miss out. I don't see them losing to New Zealand now.

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