India vs England: Dhoni, Kedar innings leaves everyone baffled
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India lost the much awaited match against England by 31 runs but Dhoni and Kedar caught attention more than anything else.
After winning the toss, England managed 337 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 50 overs. In reply, India required some 70 odd runs in their last 5 overs. But, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav showed no intent in chasing down the total once Hardik Pandya was out. The duo added just 39 runs in 31 balls. Fans and former cricketers has criticized the move.
Sourav Ganguly in general seemed more baffled after Nasser Hossain asked him about what’s happening in the middle. In post-match show he added that first 10 overs also cost the game. India managed just 28 runs in first 10 overs.
First time in the history of cricket, Pakistan fans were supporting India (for their own benefit). Their hopes got shattered. A user tweeted:
Skipper, Virat Kohli and Vice-Captain, Rohit Sharma has defended the former India skipper MS Dhoni and Kedar.
Some cricket journalists and cricket pundits too have come in their defense. Interestingly, India has lost just 2 matches out of 50 ODIs in which MS Dhoni has remained unbeaten.
Earlier, England’s Johnny Bairstow scored 111 runs and Ben Stokes contributed 79 runs to help the hosts score 337 runs. Bairstow and Jason Roy (66) added 160 runs stand for the first wicket. Spinners,s Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav were hammered as they gave away 160 plus runs in 20 overs. Mohammad Shami scalped 5 wickets but failed to execute well in the death overs.
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Note: Team India missed a DRS call against Jason Roy during England’s inning.
Sharma (102) scored his third century in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. Indian skipper, Kohli hit his 5th consecutive half-century, first by any skipper in a CWC.
Liam Plunkett scalped the most 3 wickets for hosts and helped them gain 2 points.
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