Eoin Morgan was delighted to see his batting line-up play aggressively against India's spinners as England kept their Cricket World Cup semi-final hopes in their own hands with a 31-run win at Edgbaston.

Jonny Bairstow responded to a difficult week that saw him come in for criticism from former England captain Michael Vaughan with a brilliant century and a 160-run opening stand with the fit-again Jason Roy.

Yuzvendra Chahal (0-88) and Kuldeep Yadav (1-72) particularly toiled on a batsman-friendly pitch in Birmingham and captain Morgan praised his side for playing an attacking brand of cricket.

"Jason Roy coming back in, him and Jonny Bairstow up the top, Jonny going and getting a hundred - that was magnificent to watch," he said at the post-match presentation.

"I think probably the continuation of partnerships right throughout took us to a quite formidable total.

"I think that [taking on the spinners] was probably the winning and losing of the game, from 10 to 20 overs we got 90-95 runs, which is quite substantial early.

"It lays a huge platform for the way we want to play. The two main spinners for India being taken on is great to see. That's the way we want to play our cricket."

England will be sure of a semi-final place by beating New Zealand in their final group game, but Morgan warned his team to avoid a complacent attitude.

"There's absolutely no easy game in this tournament. [The] game between Pakistan and Afghanistan proved that," he said.

"Every game in this World Cup has been extremely tough for everybody and I think it'll continue to be."

Man of the match Bairstow was left to reflect on a week in which he suggested people were waiting for England to fail, leading Vaughan to question his mentality.

"I think it's been frustrating a little bit for the guys. We know how well we can play," he said.

"We were pretty good bat, ball and in the field and I think that there's still things we can improve on going forward to New Zealand next week."

Rohit Sharma made a century and Virat Kohli 66 in their stand of 138, but ultimately India's scoring was too slow to chase down a target of 338.

Captain Kohli disputed that England's score was only just above par and felt India did well to reel in their opponents, with Mohammed Shami claiming a five-for.

"I thought they were going to get 360 at one stage. I think we did well to pull them back," he said.

"In the end 10 to 15 [fewer runs] would have been better because we had them under pressure at the 40-over mark, but Ben [Stokes] played a very good innings as well.

"You have to accept it, take it in your stride and accept the opposition played better than you on the day and they were just more clinical in terms of their execution with their plan." 

Jonny Bairstow's excellent century helped ensure England's Cricket World Cup semi-final destiny remained in their own hands as they overpowered previously unbeaten India by 31 runs at Edgbaston.

A tumultuous week for opener Bairstow (111) in which he found himself at the centre of a spat with ex-captain Michael Vaughan ended with a maiden World Cup hundred as England posted 337-7.

Bairstow whacked six maximums and 10 fours in a fine 109-ball knock before slashing the excellent Mohammed Shami to deep point.

The fit-again Jason Roy was aggressive at the top of the order with his 66 – ended only by a stunning catch on the run from sub fielder Ravindra Jadeja – helping England open with a 160-run stand, the highest made against India at a World Cup.

Ben Stokes added an excellent 79 – his third straight half-century – with three sixes and six fours to boost England, but Shami's wonderful 5-69 on a batsman friendly pitch in Birmingham kept the score from running into the 400s.

Rohit Sharma was put down at slip by Joe Root and made England pay with this third century of the tournament, while Kohli made 66 in an excellent century stand.

But Chris Woakes (2-58) and Liam Plunkett (3-55) displayed their worth to England with star turns with the ball, as India – who are still all but assured of a last-four place – paid the price for sedate scoring at the start of their reply.

England return to fourth in the table and know victory over New Zealand at The Riverside on Wednesday will clinch a semi-final spot.


Bairstow's comments this week saying people were waiting for England to fail led Vaughan slamming his mindset as "negative and pathetic".

But Vaughan tweeted to say "that's the way to do it" after Bairstow anchored England's innings and he celebrated his century with an understated raise of the bat and thumbs up to the camera.

Roy, who missed the last three games due to a hamstring injury, also showed what Eoin Morgan's men have been missing at the top of the order, although India should have reviewed when he gloved behind on 21.



Shami stemmed England's momentum in the middle of their innings, adding Morgan, Root, Jos Buttler and Woakes to his list of victims after snaring Bairstow.

Rohit made the most of Root's gaffe with some crisp batting, finding the boundary 15 times from 109 deliveries.

But the superb Woakes – who had earlier caught and bowled KL Rahul – tempted Rohit to edge one behind after Kohli's knock was ended by Plunkett.

Woakes then took a wonderful catch on the run at the square-leg boundary to see off the big-hitting Rishabh Pant (32) off Plunkett, who also claimed the scalp of the dangerous-looking Hardik Pandya (45).

Jonny Bairstow scored his first Cricket World Cup century as England left India needing a record ODI chase at Edgbaston to win a crucial encounter.

Criticised as having a "negative, pathetic mindset" by former captain Michael Vaughan after his claims people had been waiting for England to fail, Bairstow responded in magnificent fashion as the tournament hosts posted 337-7 on Sunday.

Bairstow clubbed 10 fours and six sixes for his 111 before falling to Mohammed Shami, having put on 160 for the first wicket alongside the returning Jason Roy, who was fortunate when India opted not to review when he had gloved behind and went on to make a lively 66 from 57 balls.

India responded well after that opening salvo and, led by Shami's 5-69, prevented England from threatening 400 on a good batting pitch, though Ben Stokes (79 off 54) ensured their target was an imposing one.

And, with Australia's successful chase of 278 in 1993 against England still representing the highest at this ground, the hosts will have high hopes of ensuring India do not deal their semi-final hopes a potentially fatal blow.

Jonny Bairstow answered his critics with a century for England in their Cricket World Cup match with India, who saw KL Rahul forced from the field through injury.

Bairstow attracted criticism in the week leading up to the crucial Edgbaston clash for saying people were waiting for England to fail, the hosts having suffered successive damaging defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia.

Former captain Michael Vaughan slammed his mindset as "negative and pathetic" following those remarks but Bairstow was nothing but positive as he and Jason Roy got England off to a fantastic start.

They piled on 160 for the first wicket and, shortly after the returning Roy fell to Kuldeep Yadav, Bairstow reached his first World Cup hundred from 90 balls.

Bairstow was eventually caught at deep point off Mohammed Shami for 111, leaving England 205-2 after 31.4 overs and set for a substantial total on a wonderful batting pitch.

Rahul had earlier taken a tumble trying to catch a Bairstow shot that narrowly cleared the rope at long-on in the 16th over.

The fall left him limping heavily and he left the field at the end of the over, adding to India's pain

However, his replacement Ravindra Jadeja broke the stunning opening stand with an outstanding catch to dismiss Roy.

Jadeja dived brilliantly low to his left at long-on as Roy attempted to cart Kuldeep - playing in his 50th ODI - down the ground, but there will be concern over the fitness of Rahul as India look set to chase a massive total.

Jason Roy handed England a huge boost by returning for their crucial Cricket World Cup clash with India at Edgbaston.

Roy missed England's previous two games with Sri Lanka and Australia because of a hamstring tear, the tournament hosts suffering an ill-timed slump in his absence.

Yet the opener was thrown back into the fray and had the chance to prove his worth immediately as Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to bat first in Birmingham on Sunday, in what was a must-win game after England slipped out of the semi-final places due to Pakistan's victory over Afghanistan.

Liam Plunkett was also recalled by England, replacing all-rounder Moeen Ali, who was criticised for his soft dismissal in the shock loss to Sri Lanka. Jofra Archer was passed fit despite struggling with a side strain recently.

India, meanwhile, made one change to a side that has yet to lose in this tournament, with Rishabh Pant replacing Vijay Shankar.


England must stand up and be counted under huge pressure when they face India in a crunch Cricket World Cup clash at Edgbaston on Sunday.

The hosts came into the tournament as favourites, but they are in danger of missing out on a semi-final spot following successive defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia.

Wins against India and New Zealand in their final group games will guarantee England a last-four berth, but anything less will leave them vulnerable to results elsewhere. 

Virat Kohli's men, meanwhile, are the only unbeaten side in the competition and need just one point from three matches to be sure of progressing.

Opener Jason Roy (hamstring) could come back into the England side on what is expected to be a great batting track, but paceman Jofra Archer (side strain) is a doubt.

In-form India paceman Mohammed Shami looks set to retain his place for India, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (hamstring) unlikely to be risked.



Eoin Morgan's England started strongly by hammering South Africa, but have gone on to lose against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia, failing to complete run-chases on each occasion.

Late starters India also thumped the Proteas in their opener and made a statement by beating Australia. They were run close by Afghanistan, but on the whole they have been impressive in their five wins. Their clash with New Zealand was washed out.



England captain Morgan: "I think we're in an extremely lucky position. To be in playing in a home World Cup for your own country is an extremely privileged position to be in and presents a huge opportunity. [There are] two more group-stage games left. If we win the two, we go through to the semi-finals, if we win that, we get through to a World Cup final. There's still a lot on the line, and we're really looking forward to it."

India skipper Kohli: "Everyone is a bit surprised, we thought England is probably going to dominate in their own conditions, but as I said at the beginning of the tournament in the press conference, that pressure is going to be a massive factor to handle and low scores are going to be defended. I said that because I have played two World Cups and that usually happens in such a big tournament where all teams are very strong."



- England have won three of their last four men's ODIs against India, losing one. The last three matches of that span were played in England last year, with India winning the first in Nottingham before the hosts bounced back to win the next two games.

- India have won 16 of their last 17 completed Cricket World Cup matches.

- England have won their previous three ODIs at Edgbaston, their last defeat at the venue in Birmingham coming in 2014 against India.

Jason Roy is preparing to return to the England team to boost their Cricket World Cup semi-final hopes, but captain Eoin Morgan says Jofra Archer is a doubt to face India.

A hamstring injury sustained against West Indies has kept Roy out of England's last three games, with defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia denting their qualification chances.

Yet the explosive opener, who hit a magnificent 153 against Bangladesh, is on course to face two-time winners India at Edgbaston on Sunday, with James Vince expected to drop out.

Barbados-born paceman Archer has thrived in his maiden World Cup, taking three wickets in successive matches against Bangladesh, West Indies, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka to close on Ian Botham's England record of 16 wickets at the 1992 World Cup.

The 24-year-old continues to be hampered by a side strain, with Tom Curran and Liam Plunkett contenders to step in, but Morgan indicated chances could be taken with both Archer and Roy given England are in desperate need of points.

"Jason is preparing to play tomorrow," Morgan told a news conference on Saturday when asked about Roy's fitness.

"Provided he gets through today's practice and tomorrow morning unscathed, we think he might be fit to play.

"It depends on the significance of the risk. If it's going to rule him out long-term, absolutely not. If it's a couple of weeks, yes."

Asked if Archer bowled in Friday's session, Morgan added: "He didn't. We're going to see how he comes through today.

"It's the same thing he’s been playing with for the last three games. Again, the same thing applies.

"If it's a long-term risk, no, if it's a short term-risk, yes."

England sit fourth in the table after seven matches, but they will be overtaken by Pakistan if Sarfraz Ahmed's side beat Afghanistan on Saturday.

After facing India, Morgan's men - the top-ranked ODI side going into the World Cup - wrap up their campaign against New Zealand at The Riverside.

Virat Kohli suggested England might be wilting under the pressure as the Cricket World Cup hosts prepare to take on his India side on Sunday.

Eoin Morgan's men could face a humiliating exit at the end of a group phase in which they have already suffered three defeats going into pivotal clashes with India and New Zealand.

While India are on the brink of making the last four, England – defeated by Sri Lanka last time out – need to win both of their remaining games to guarantee they will join them.

But it is Kohli's unbeaten team who are favourites to prevail at Edgbaston and he conceded to being somewhat taken aback by the apparent reversal in fortunes.

"Everyone is a bit surprised," the captain said. "We thought England would probably dominate in their own conditions but, as I said at the beginning of the tournament, pressure is going to be a factor and low scores are going to be defended.

"I said that because I have played at two World Cups and all the teams are very strong. Anyone can beat anyone and we got a scare from Afghanistan, so you can't take anything for granted.

"We will see what happens. The other teams have outplayed England on occasions and although we have not lost a game, we cannot be complacent.

"The reason we have won every game is because we have been professional and precise under pressure. It is surprising but I expected something like that in the World Cup because teams come under pressure.

"Maybe the pressure has told, maybe it hasn't. It's for them to assess now."

Five things from India's win over West Indies as Virat Kohli gets another 50.

West Indies bowler Kemar Roach believes the team still have a bright future, despite their elimination from the ICC World Cup.

Kemar Roach says West Indies must take a long, hard look at themselves after their Cricket World Cup failure but feels the future is still bright for Jason Holder's side.

The Windies' hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals were dashed when India consigned them to a chastening 125-run defeat at Old Trafford on Thursday.

India posted 268-7 after Virat Kohli won the toss on a glorious day in Manchester, the captain making 72 and MS Dhoni 56 not out.

The hostile Roach (3-36) was the pick of the Windies bowlers, with excellent support from Sheldon Cottrell (2-50) and captain Jason Holder (2-33).

Holder's men collapsed from 71-2 to 143 all out in reply, paying the price for a lack of application - Mohammed Shami doing much of the damage with outstanding figures of 4-16.

Paceman Roach says the Windies must learn their lessons after falling short in the tournament.

"All the bowlers bowled well. To restrict India for 260 is always going to be good," he told the media.

"They're a quality batting line-up, some world-class players on their team. And I think 260 on that pitch was, for me, [was] below par. But it was just not our day for the batsmen. So we go look at ourselves deeply and obviously move forward."

He added: "I think we have a bright future. We have some quality players around. [Shimron] Hetmyer and Oshane [Thomas], the younger guys, once they get some good guidance, they'll do well for West Indies.

"And I'm confident in the guys. I'll always be a fan of West Indies cricket for sure. And there's no doubt about it.

"It's all a good future for us. There's a couple of guys back home doing well as well. So hopefully we'll see these guys filter into the West Indies team in the probably near future."

Shimron Hetmyer strode to the wicket wearing a beaming smile in a Richie Richardson-style floppy sun hat, but trudged off disconsolately with West Indies heading out of the Cricket World Cup.

It was the India players and their magnificent, passionate fans who were grinning from ear to ear as they eased to a crushing 125-run win on a glorious Thursday at Old Trafford.

The Windies needed a win to have any hope of qualifying for the semi-finals, but bowed out with a whimper after collapsing to 143 all out having been set a target of 269 in Manchester.

While unbeaten India are almost certainly bound for the last four and will take some beating, the Windies selectors have some big decisions to make.

Hetmyer's approach to the middle and his time at the crease just about summed things up for Jason Holder's men.

Great entertainers when at their best, blessed with natural talent in abundance but lacking the application to give themselves a chance of making a serious impact in the tournament.

Hetmyer certainly looked the part in a wide-brimmed maroon hat, donned by the likes of the classy Richardson and Carl Hooper back in the day.

The gifted left-handed batsman was clearly trying to make a statement, but soon called for the helmet as brilliant India turned up the heat on the Windies with the sun beating down.

There was uncertainty throughout a poor run chase, which saw the men from the Caribbean crumble from 71-2, Sunil Ambris - playing his first match of the tournament - top scoring with only 31 as Mohammed Shami took 4-16 following his hat-trick heroics against Afghanistan.

While Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran are the future for West Indies, Chris Gayle looked like a man coming to the end of his international career.

Gayle stated on the eve of the match that he had backtracked on his intention to retire from ODIs after the World Cup and plans to resume his Test career against India next month, but the selectors must look at the bigger picture. 

They must also ask themselves why Kemar Roach has only played three World Cup matches after the quick was the pick of the bowlers with 3-36.

Prolific skipper Virat Kohli (72) and former captain MS Dhoni (56 not out) whipped an already raucous army of India fans into a frenzy and the Windies were unable to silence them.

Dhoni capitalised on a missed stumping and being dropped, conjuring up a late onslaught which thousands had turned up in the hope of witnessing.

Kohli sauntered casually over the outfield for the team bus very much heading in the right direction, while the wheels came off for West Indies and they are in need of some repair work.

Virat Kohli heaped praise on MS Dhoni after India inflicted a heavy defeat on West Indies at Old Trafford.

India's 125-run win all but confirmed a Cricket World Cup semi-final spot for Kohli's unbeaten side and ended West Indies' hopes of reaching the last four.

Captain Kohli was man of the match after a gritty 72 and Dhoni made useful runs. The wicketkeeper-batsman's unbeaten 56 contained two sixes in the final over of India's innings, while Hardik Pandya also scored 46.

The Caribbean side then folded with the bat, following India's 268-7 with a feeble 143 all out.

Kohli said: "We've just become number one as far as the rankings are concerned and, to be honest, we've been playing like that for a while now. I think the key is to continue the same way.

"Things haven't gone our way with the bat in the last two games but we've still found a way to win. That to me is a very pleasing thing and I'm happy I could contribute as well.

"Today, getting to 270 was crucial. I think Hardik played outstandingly well and MS finished very strongly.

"When those two play like that we always get to a winning total and on that kind of wicket 270 was always going to be a very, very difficult score to chase."

Speaking about Dhoni, Kohli said: "He knows what he wants to do out in the middle. He's won us so many games and the best thing about having someone like him is when you need that extra 15, 20 runs he knows exactly how to get them for the team.

"Keeping strike at the end and finishing off with two big sixes was something that gave us a lot of boosts as a team.

"His experience eight out of 10 times has come good for us. He's a legend of the game, we all know that, and he's doing a tremendous job for us and hopefully he can continue."

West Indies skipper Jason Holder said: "I thought the bowlers did a fantastic job and I couldn't really ask them for more, and the guys gave a really good effort in the field. I guess we just let ourselves down with the bat."

Holder believes that was a theme reflected throughout the World Cup, as he analysed where it went wrong for West Indies.

"We let ourselves down significantly," Holder said. "I don't think we seized the crucial moments in this tournament as well as we should have.

"I thought the bowlers had a reasonable campaign and everything we asked of them they came out and delivered.

"We didn't really support as well as we'd have liked in the field, in fact we let ourselves down tremendously in the field, and some of our batting was just too inconsistent."

India's bowlers ripped through West Indies to seal a 125-run win at Old Trafford that all but confirms a Cricket World Cup semi-final spot for Virat Kohli's unbeaten side.

Kohli (72) and MS Dhoni (56 not out) both hit half-centuries as India, who won the toss and elected to bat, made 268-7, with Jason Holder's 46 dot balls in his 10 overs helping to keep the total down.

West Indies lost Chris Gayle when they had just 10 on the board and wickets fell at regular intervals after Sunil Ambris, who top-scored with 31 having been drafted in for his first appearance of the tournament, was out to leave his team 71-3.

India took the final eight wickets for just 72 runs, Jasprit Bumrah (2-9) striking with back-to-back deliveries before missing the chance to replicate Mohammed Shami's brilliant final-over hat-trick against Afghanistan.

Shami (4-16) was the pick of the India attack once again as West Indies were dismissed for 143 to see their slim semi-final aspirations ended.

India next face England at Edgbaston on Sunday and one victory from their remaining three fixtures will ensure they make the last four.


Another day, another landmark for Kohli.

Having beaten Sachin Tendulkar's record to become the quickest man to reach 11,000 ODI runs in the win over Pakistan at the same venue, Kohli made history again at Old Trafford, reaching 20,000 international runs in all formats quicker than anyone else.

Kohli did that with his 37th run in his 417th inning, going on to make his fourth successive half-century in this World Cup before pulling a half-tracker from Holder to Darren Bravo at midwicket.

That left India 180-5 in the 39th over and though Dhoni initially struggled and should have been stumped when on seven, he picked up the pace towards the end, reaching his 50 in the final over and then smashing the last ball for his second maximum to set West Indies 269 to win.


A day after he had hinted at shelving his retirement plans, Gayle produced an innings that suggested he should stick with his initial idea to hang up his batting gloves.

The self-proclaimed 'Universe Boss' had said he was "definitely up there with the greats, without a doubt" at his pre-match press conference, though he looked anything but when meekly pulling Shami to Kedar Jadhav at mid on to exit after 19 balls.

Four of Gayle's six runs came from an inside edge where he was fortunate not to play on and his struggles epitomised West Indies' woes, with only five batsmen reaching double figures, two of which were tailenders Kemar Roach (14 not out) and Sheldon Cottrell (10).

It was a disappointing end for a team that had promised so much when hammering Pakistan in their opening game.

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