While the England quicks did the early damage, spinners bowled superbly in the middle overs to keep the India batters in check throughout the innings.
Despite Rohit Sharma’s valiant 87 and Suryakumar Yadav’s brisk 49, other batters failed to step up as India batted first for the first time in the tournament after England won the toss and opted to bowl.
During the innings break paceman Chris Woakes acknowledged that he and his fellow bowlers bowled with discipline, something the defending champions lacked in the previous matches.
“Nice to do well with the new ball. It was nice to get back in rhythm, we bowled in the right areas today. Picking up wickets is always nice, we put them under pressure early on. I missed my lengths earlier in the tournament, was a bit frustrating, but I hit the right areas today. The fielders backed up the bowlers and that set the tone for us. It’s two paced with the new ball. Hopefully the conditions get better under lights. It’s a good Indian side, hopefully we bat well and chase it down,” said Woakes.
The all-round effort from the English bowlers helped them restrict India to their lowest total in this World Cup.
World Cup 2023: India set target of 230 runs for England, Rohit Sharma top scores with 87 runs
India currently have 5 wins in 5 matches whereas England have lost 4 out of their 5 matches and are in desperate need of a win to remain alive in the semi-final race.