A win for India at Headlingley will only help close the gap and hand them the bragging rights before the Test series begins on August 1. Another one bites the dust, Suresh Raina goes for 1. India have picked up the pace nicely here. The crowd has gone bonkers. The English are struggling against them and we might be tempted to do that.
Good start this for England. They were lucky to get a couple of cheap wickets but then were professional enough to build on that and not let India in. This knock takes him ahead of the Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli. He started a bit slowly with Dhawan taking charge early on but that gave Rohit the time to settle in before going for his shots. The players will battle with the hot weather as the temperature would reach 40-degree centigrade. Dinesh Karthik is the next man in.
This underlines India's dependence on Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah. The phase against wrist spinners was always going to be tricky. He mistimes a delivery yet again and it goes high in the air and Stoinis takes an easy catch, running inside from mid-wicket. Chasing a target of 257, England rode impressive knocks from Test skipper Joe Root 100 off 120 balls and Eoin Morgan 88 off 108 balls as the duo shared a match-winning 186-run unconquered stand. India heavily banks on the people cricketers like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and opener Shikhar Dhawan.
Spin again is a challenge we want to improve upon. He has proved exactly why he is so important to the team going into the World Cup. England are 152 for the loss of 2 wickets as Eoin Morgan slams a boundary straight down the ground. While Dhoni has the backing of both Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, once again it underlines India's dependence on the top-order trio of Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. Got his second consecutive fifty and took India to victory.
In turn, it also highlighted India's glaring weaknesses in the 50-over format, which are shielded to a certain degree in T20 cricket. Victorious Australian skipper, Aaron Finch, says he is very pleased with the performance. For me, it does not matter where I am playing. Just 117 runs required now from 162 balls. Suresh Raina is likely to win the nod for a return to the middle order ahead of Shreyas Iyer and Dinesh Karthik, as much for providing a sixth bowling option as his batting. In South Africa too, Kumar made vital contributions lower in the order.
The right-hander, known for his determination, will be keen to dish out a solid performance this time around. Pretty one-sided in the end. Such third party cookies may track your use on Mykhel sites for better rendering. The duo have done well to keep the scoring rate going after the dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan. Second maximum of the innings for Rohit as India are getting closer to the 100-run mark. Credits the way India tried to come back in the game. He is not timing the ball well and this can lead to more criticism of his playing style.
Khawaja settles under it at long on and should have taken it but spills it. Was there ever any doubt? He could have had a wicket too. Australian bowlers, especially Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff, did well to defend a total of 289. That would have sealed the match with Root stranded on 98. However, India will consider that move carefully as Kohli has an outstanding record while batting at number three but things not so different at four either. Things can only get easier from here. It is difficult for the batsmen to pick me but I am expecting batsmen to come hard at me.
On the last ball of the over Raina is dispatched for a four through mid-wicket. Khawaja looked in good nick during his 23-ball knock, helping the Aussies get back on track until Ravindra Jadeja's brilliance on the field cut short his stay. India need wickets and not sure bringing Raina in is the smartest Idea. Rohit Sharma departs for 2. Rohit hit the ball on the up and over the long-on boundary for a six. Not that India are complaining.