England's World Cup on the line against India

Kohli, who has scored four half-centuries so far in the ongoing tournament, is yet to score a century and has England in his sights when they take on each other at Birmingham. England went on to post a challenging score of 337 runs for the loss of seven wickets in the allotted fifty overs.Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow gave England solid base at the top as they stitched together a partnership of 160 runs.

Virat Kohli questioned the dimensions of the boundaries at Edgbaston after India suffered their first defeat of the World Cup against England on Sunday. For India, possibly, it couldn't have been a better time to square off with the Poms who could again be unsettled by conditions which is expected to be predominantly sub-continental. A tetchy media appearance following defeat to Australia, during which he suggested some pundits were willing the team to fail, hinted that he was working himself into a siege mentality that could yet pay dividends, even if former England captain Michael Vaughan did not see it that way. In fact, Morgan's approach of moving towards leg stump against a fast and furious Mitchell Starc during Lord's game prompted Kevin Pietersen to question whether the skipper is "scared".

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"Losing an early wicket always puts you under pressure, and we lost KL right at the start, and they bowled pretty well in the first 10 overs", said Sharma. The Indian team, however, will not be over strategising about the English team as pacer Mohammed Shami pointed out. Shot selection, again, we discussed with him for that game. The middle-order batting still remains a concern and Vijay Shankar's performance at number four certainly makes him a weak link.

"Maybe they need to pull it back in, look at the conditions and what the bowlers are doing", Harris, 39, added. England are set to bring Jason Roy back in the side after a hamstring injury and Morgan remains confident of their chances. Coming into the World Cup, England were considered favourites and all-rounder Ben Stokes had told IANS that the tag had been earned with consistent performances over the years.

  • Lawrence Cooper