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World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami send Morgan back with a vigorous sendoff

Shami's plan against Morgan worked and he was on his way back pretty early in the inning.

Mohammed Shami and Virat Kohli
Mohammed Shami and Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The England vs India match at the Edgbaston ground in Birmingham is one encounter that everyone was looking forward to. The former no.1 ranked ODI team is taking on the team that dethroned them and both are considered to be the favourites to lift the ICC World Cup 2019. The hosts won the toss, chose to bat first and put up a considerable total on the board on a batting beauty.

Indian bowling machinery, especially the spinners came in for some punishment today, as Chahal went for 88 runs in his 10 overs, Kuldeep’s figures read 1/72. However, despite the spanking received at the hands of Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, & Co. only one bowler managed to shine bright and that was Mohammed Shami, who registered his first ever five-wicket haul in World Cup history.

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Eoin Morgan receives an animated sendoff from Virat and Shami

The openers added 160 runs in 22 overs with Bairstow going on to make 111. Then Shami started to do his thing and removed him and England captain in space of two runs. Eoin Morgan has been uneasy with short balls, especially bouncers aimed at his body and that’s where Shami bowled to him in the 34th over.

Morgan tried to pull it and the ball went straight up in the air and Kedar Jadhav did the rest. Team India was pumped up with two quick wickets, which was abundant from the sendoff Morgan got from the bowler and his Indian counterpart. Both Kohli and Shami had a mouthful to spray in his direction, while both appeared to be quite animated. Given that Morgan had plundered 17 sixes in one inning, the wicket was welcomed.

Here is the video of the sendoff Morgan got courtesy Kohli and Shami:  

Bairstow’s 111, Stokes’ 79 and Roy’s 66 enabled England to make 337/7 in 50 overs. However, at one point of the game, they were looking good to make atleast 370 odd. But Mohammad Shami’s 5/69 and Jasprit Bumrah’s 1/44 and some amazing bowling in death overs, kept the home side well below 350 runs.

In reply, India lost KL Rahul early for a duck and after a century partnership between Kohli and Rohit, Plunkett accounted for Indian captain after he had scored his fifth consecutive fifty in the tournament.

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