June 30, 2019 / 5:45 PM / 3 months ago

Cricket-England beat India by 31 runs to boost semi-final hopes

BIRMINGHAM, England, June 30 (Reuters) - England beat India by 31 runs in their group game at Edgbaston on Sunday, handing the visitors their first defeat in the Cricket World Cup and boosting their own semi-final prospects.

Set a commanding 338 runs for victory, the visitors got off to a good start with opener Rohit Sharma scoring a fine 102 runs while captain Virat Kohli scored his fifth consecutive half century.

But faced with a climbing run rate in the final overs, India kept losing wickets at key intervals and finally ended their chase at 306-5.

Earlier, Jonny Bairstow smashed a belligerent 111 and Jason Roy returned from a hamstring injury to feature in the tournament’s highest opening stand and power England to a commanding 337-7.

Mohammed Shami (5-69) was the pick of the Indian bowling attack but Ben Stokes (79) provided the late assault to help England get close to the 350 mark. (Reporting by Saikat Chatterjee in Birmingham; editing by Clare Fallon)

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