- Virat Kohli was dismissed for a nine-ball duck against England.
- It was Kohli’s first duck in a World Cup (ODI/T20).
- Rohit Sharma’s India are still the team to beat>
At the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Sunday, during the ICC World Cup 2023 match, India’s star batsman Virat Kohli was dismissed for a nine-ball duck against England.
With this, Virat Kohli’s 56-inning streak came to an end. It was his first duck in the World Cup (ODI/T20).
Left-arm rapid After Kohli played a poor shot and was caught at mid-off by Ben Stokes, David Willey won the coveted scalp and left the stadium in awe.
Kohli is still one hundred runs short of matching the all-time great Sachin Tendulkar’s 49-hundred ODI record.
In a match that England had to win, captain Jos Buttler of England won the toss and decided to bowl first against undefeated India.
The reigning champions, who have dropped four of their last five games, enter the game unbeaten and looking to win to maintain their remote chances of advancing to the semifinals.
After folding for 156, England suffered a devastating eight-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in their most recent match.
“We haven´t done ourselves justice,” admitted Buttler.
With five victories in a row, Rohit Sharma’s India are still the team to beat. They will be fielding the same squad that defeated New Zealand the previous week.
The stadium’s home crowd thinks victory over England is inevitable.
“India is going to bash England today left, right and centre,” Roi Shaunauk, 29, told the media.
Shaunauk expressed his expectation that Virat Kohli would surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 hundreds in ODIs and emerge as “the best”.
In memory of Bishan Singh Bedi, a legendary spinner and former captain who passed away on October 23 at the age of 77, Indian players are donning black armbands.
England’s miserable campaign has put them bottom of the World Cup points standings, even beneath The Netherlands, and when asked about their chances, one of their small group of supporters in Lucknow scoffed.
“I´ve been wanting to come to India for a long time and the opportunity to see England play was a bonus,” said Alex Piper, 32, on a two-week trip to the country with friends.
“Unfortunately, it´s not worked out so well for us.”
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