In the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, the 29th thrilling clash unfolded between India and England at the Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium in Lucknow. England won the toss and elected to bowl, allowing the Indian team to set a target of 230 runs. Rohit Sharma led the charge with a top score of 87 runs, supported by Suryakumar Yadav’s contribution of 49 runs. KL Rahul added 39 runs to the total, but Virat Kohli was unable to open his account in this match. Shubman Gill (9), Virat Kohli (0), and Shreyas Iyer (4) also departed cheaply. England’s David Willey claimed the most wickets, taking three, while Adil Rashid and Chris Woakes secured two wickets each, and Mark Wood grabbed one.
England faced a challenging task of chasing 230 runs, but against India’s formidable bowling attack, the defending champions crumbled, ultimately getting all out for 129 runs in 34.5 overs. Livingstone was the highest scorer for England, contributing 29 runs. In this intense contest, Shami took four wickets, while Bumrah secured three. This victory marked India’s sixth consecutive win, propelling them to the top of the points table with 12 points. In contrast, England suffered their fifth defeat in six matches, nearly eliminating them from the semi-finals race.
This victory marked a significant milestone for the Indian team, as they secured their first ODI World Cup victory against England in two decades. The last victory had come in the 2003 World Cup, where India emerged triumphant with an 82-run margin. Subsequently, three matches ensued, with a tie in 2011, and England defeating India by 31 runs in 2019. However, in this third encounter, India emerged victorious in spectacular fashion.
With this triumph, the Indian team has surged towards the semi-finals, boasting 12 points from six victories. A single win will secure their place in the semi-finals. Conversely, England finds themselves out of the semi-finals race, having suffered five defeats in six matches.