Virat Kohli has a habit of scripting history on various and the story was no different in India’s clash against England in the ongoing world cup. The Indian skipper became the first captain to score five half centuries on a trot in the world cup. The record was held by Mohammad Azharuddin who scored four back to back half centuries in 1992 world cup in Australia.
The Delhi lad also broke the record of Rahul Dravid to become the leading run scorer for India in England. The wall of India had earlier scored 1,238 runs on England soil.
Earlier in the game, England reached 337/7 at the end of 50 overs courtesy Jonny Bairstow’s impressive innings of 111 runs, well complimented by Jason Roy(66), Ben Stokes(79).Chasing a mammoth target, India lost KL Rahul on duck which brought Virat Kohli to the crease. The world number one and world number two ranked batsman in ODIs put up a 138 run stand to give a ray of hope to India, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan fans. The Indian skipper failed to convert his half century into hundred and fell to Liam Plunkett on 66.
Rishabh Pant and Rohit Sharma added 52 runs together before the latter batsman got out to put India in a tough situation. The run rate continued to soar up and the English bowlers bowled tight lines to deny India a chance of chasing a mammoth target.
MS Dhoni failed to show intent in the death overs which raised few eyebrows as India fell short by 31 runs to keep England in the race for the semi-finals. If the Eoin Morgan side manage to win their next game against New Zealand then they will sail into the semi-finals.
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