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ODI World Cup summary: India makes it six out of six while England’s misery continues


Top Story: India wins six out of six as Shami and Bumrah destroy England.

England 129 (Shami 4-22, Bumrah 3-22) lost against India 229 (Rohit 87, Suryakumar 49, Willey 3-45) by a margin of 100 runs.

India maintained their unblemished World Cup run and further denounced their opponents’ effort in Lucknow as Mohammed Shami tore the heart out of England.

England staggered to 40 for 4 after 10 overs chasing 230 for just their second victory of the tournament as Shami took 2 for 4 from three overs during the first powerplay in an amazing spell and Jasprit Bumrah 2 for 17 from five. That was not to be, as none of England’s batters could surpass Liam Livingstone’s 27 as India easily won by 100 runs with 15.1 overs remaining. Shami took two more wickets and Bumrah took one.

No runs, nine balls, and nine dots. There are five balls of a decent length, three somewhat shorter, and one slightly larger. Ben Stokes’ bat made contact with three balls, two charges, and one depart. It has been fifteen balls since England’s previous run. 197 to triumph with eight wickets remaining in 42.1 overs. Five losses in six games, two points. It has been 32 nights since the England players left their homes, and it will be 14 more before they are genuinely ended.

Which of those figures occurred to Stokes when he calculated that the last ball of Shami’s second over needed to be removed? Perhaps not at all; perhaps so many that it confused his thoughts. In an attempt to create space so that he could push the ball through the off side for a four, Stokes positioned his front foot outside the leg stump. The ball raced through the ground, snuck in off the seam, and clattered into his leg stumps and middle.

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