Virat Kohli hailed Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah as "the best around" after they helped send India into the Cricket World Cup semi-finals.

India booked their last-four place with a 28-run win over Bangladesh on Tuesday, set in motion by Rohit's brilliant 92-ball 104 - his fourth century of the tournament.

A chase of 315 always looked beyond the Tigers, yet Bumrah made absolutely sure with a stunning spell to end the match, collecting wickets from consecutive balls to bowl Bangladesh out for 286.

In the post-match presentation, Kohli took the opportunity to pick out both players for individual praise.

"I have been watching [Rohit] for years now and I have been saying openly, in my opinion, he is the best one-day player around," the captain said.

"When he plays like that, it's a joy to watch. He's having the tournament of his life. We are so, so delighted to see him bat the way he is, because when he plays well, we know we are heading towards a big score.

"That's all we need in the changing room. When he plays like that with so much confidence, all the guys in the changing room get so much confidence watching him play.

"I'm really, really happy for him. He's really going well and hopefully, with three more games to go, he can put two big scores there."

Turning to top-ranked bowler Bumrah, Kohli continued: "Bumrah's overs were always going to be crucial, so that's why we stopped him after four overs initially.

"He is someone you can bank on at any time in the game. He's a world-class bowler, the best in the world at the moment. There's a good reason for that. He's been bowling consistently well."

Tamim Iqbal dropped Rohit early on, but Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza was not ready to acknowledge that moment as a turning point.

"With a batsman like Rohit Sharma in such good form, it obviously affects it," he said. "But that's what happens in cricket. We can't blame it just on that catch."

And Mortaza rued Bangladesh's failure to produce their own big-scoring partnership in the manner of Rohit and KL Rahul's opening stand.

"If one of them could have made 80 or 90 then it would have been a different match," he said. "With 47 and 41 [two of Bangladesh's three biggest stands], it's asking too much."

England will be playing for survival and New Zealand have momentum as their motivation as the teams go head to head in the Cricket World Cup at The Riverside.

Wednesday's high-stakes clash is one Eoin Morgan's tournament hosts can ill afford to lose, knowing in such a circumstance Pakistan would pip them to a semi-final slot should they beat Bangladesh on Friday.

And after Monday's high-scoring clash between Sri Lanka and West Indies in Durham, the final group-stage match for England and New Zealand could become a shoot-out between the big-hitting batsmen on both sides.

New Zealand, who are bidding to avoid a third successive defeat, should be safe in the final four whatever the result. They can be matched on 11 points by Pakistan but have a significantly better net run rate.

The Black Caps look sure to keep faith with struggling opener Martin Guptill, with team-mate Ross Taylor saying he needs a lucky break and has the squad "fully backing him" as they seek a return to winning ways.

England have Jason Roy and Jofra Archer fit after their respective hamstring and side problems, Morgan said on Tuesday.

 

TOURNAMENT SO FAR

England made a bright start by winning four of their opening five matches, but defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia inflicted major blows. They were impressive in beating India last time out, with Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes all batting well.

New Zealand also began the tournament in style, but losses to Pakistan and Australia have pegged their progress. Guptill is out of sorts and needs a score. Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult are cleaning up on the wickets front and pose a major threat.

 

WHAT THEY SAID

Morgan: "It was clear that after the Australia game there was a huge amount of disappointment in the changing room. The fact that we have been able to turn that around, identify where we are at and identify what we need to do in order to progress to the semis ... is important and it's been effective."

Taylor: "We saw Sri Lanka-West Indies 300 played 300, so I think we've got to expect that scores of 300-plus are probably out there. But in saying that, both teams have got very good bowling line-ups that can exploit conditions if suited and vice versa some very powerful batting line-ups as well."

 

OPTA FACTS

- England have won three of their last four ODIs against New Zealand. It is a different story in their World Cup rivalry, where England won the first three meetings between the teams but have since lost five in a row.
- New Zealand will be looking to avoid three consecutive defeats at the World Cup for the first time since 1979-1983.
- New Zealand's Kane Williamson passed 6,000 ODI runs in his most recent World Cup match, becoming the third-fastest man to reach the mark (139 innings) behind Hashim Amla (South Africa, 123 innings) and Virat Kohli (India, 136 innings).
- Boult became the first man from his country to complete a hat-trick in World Cup history, producing the feat last time out against Australia.
​- England's Liam Plunkett bowled a full 10-over allocation at a World Cup for the first time in his most recent match against India, taking his best figures ever in a World Cup game (3-55, econ 5.5).

Rohit Sharma made his fourth century of the 2019 Cricket World Cup as India booked their place in the semi-finals with a 28-run victory over Bangladesh, who can no longer qualify for the last four.

Virat Kohli's men saw their unbeaten start to the tournament ended by England on Sunday, but they got back on track two days later, thanks largely to in-form opener Rohit striking 104 off 92 balls in another batting masterclass.

Bangladesh needed victory at Edgbaston to keep their slim hopes of progression alive, yet a chase of 315 proved beyond them as Hardik Pandya (3-60) and Jasprit Bumrah (4-55) starred with the ball.

An early Tamim Iqbal drop off Mustafizur Rahman allowed Rohit to build momentum alongside KL Rahul (77), the pair combining for the biggest opening partnership of the tournament so far, which finally ended on 180.

Rohit fell to Soumya Sarkar two balls after reaching his hundred and India were rocking slightly when captain Kohli (26) and Pandya were both dismissed by Mustafizur (5-59) within the space of three balls.

However, Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni hit 48 and 33 respectively to help their side to a healthy total of 314-9, the latter one of three victims for Mustafizur in the final over of India's innings.

Bangladesh made a steady start in reply, but talisman Shakib Al Hasan was the only member of the top five to kick on, reaching 66 in a continuation of his fine form.

When Shakib fell to Pandya, who had earlier dismissed Sarkar and Liton Das, the Tigers were 179-6 in the 34th over and staring defeat in the face.

Mohammad Saifuddin showed admirable defiance on his way to 51 not out off 38 balls, while Sabbir Rahman also chipped in with 36 as Bangladesh fought to stay in the game.

Yet Bumrah, who earlier required treatment following an awkward fall at the boundary, starred in the closing overs to make sure India prevailed.

 

Rohit reigns again

Rohit now has more runs at this tournament than any other player. He moved through the gears after being dropped on nine by Tamim in the fifth over and helped India to their best powerplay of the campaign, before continuing at a great pace to seemingly take the game away from Bangladesh.

Pandya spell pivotal

Mustafizur and Shakib threatened to really make things difficult for India. First, the bowler took a brilliant five-for to give Bangladesh hope, then Shakib produced another fine knock, becoming the first player to score more than 500 runs and take 10 wickets in a World Cup. However, Pandya's three wickets - including that of Shakib - came at a key time to restore control and Bumrah then came into his own at the death.

England captain Eoin Morgan admits the Cricket World Cup thumping that New Zealand gave his team four years ago was the lowest point of his time at the helm.

On Wednesday, England face the Black Caps at The Riverside in need of victory to secure a semi-final spot.

The match has brought back memories of the teams' World Cup meeting at Wellington in February 2015, when England were skittled out for 123 and lost by eight wickets as Brendon McCullum blasted his side towards the target in just 12.2 overs.

Morgan's men failed to reach the quarter-finals of that tournament but have rebuilt and entered this year's event as favourites, boosted by their status as hosts.

When asked about the Wellington match, Morgan said: "It was as close to rock bottom as I've been, certainly as a captain, as a player. Being beaten off the park like that is humiliating.

"I think the influence throughout that whole World Cup on all the other teams around the world was quite extreme.

"New Zealand proved a point that you can be really good humans and grow the game and play cricket in your own way and win at the same time, which is incredibly eye-opening for a lot of countries around the world.

"I thought that rubbed off on everybody in the World Cup."

England are emboldened ahead of their rematch with New Zealand by their victory last time out against India, while the 2015 runners-up have lost two in a row.

"I think the most satisfying thing from the last game from our side is that we went out and played our brand of cricket," Morgan said.

"It felt more like the way that we play and the fact that we won doing that is extremely encouraging."

Angelo Mathews put his body on the line at The Riverside to turn the tide in Sri Lanka's thrilling Cricket World Cup win over West Indies, earning warm praise from captain Dimuth Karunaratne.

Having reduced the Windies to 84-4 in defence of their 338-6 in a dead rubber in Durham, Sri Lanka were given a major scare by Nicholas Pooran's defiant century.

His apparent one-man victory march was not halted until the 48th over, when Mathews bowled his first ball in ODIs since December 2017 and had Pooran caught behind.

With fitness concerns having kept him from bowling, it was a timely and heroic intervention from Mathews that did not go unnoticed by Karunaratne.

"Angelo put his hands up and said, 'okay I will bowl two overs'. He has that confidence. He did the job," said the Sri Lanka skipper after his side's 23-run triumph.

"I don't think he is going to bowl much more but if it is a crucial time he might bowl a couple of overs."

Avishka Fernando's maiden ODI century had laid the platform for Sri Lanka, whose exit from the competition was confirmed when hosts England beat India on Sunday.

Despite his side failing to reach the semi-finals, Karunaratne did not have a hard time finding the positives after Monday's result.

"To win any match is a great feeling," he said. "It gives us lots of confidence. All of the players are doing really well. That is what I was expecting as a captain."

In contrast, opposite number Jason Holder was left to reflect on a miserable campaign for the Windies, who have not tasted victory since thrashing Pakistan in their group-stage opener back in May.

This was their sixth defeat in eight outings, with only Afghanistan – who they face in their final game – faring worse.

"We have just got to be better," said Holder. "We've let some key moments slip in this World Cup.

"I thought their score was on par. Fernando batted well – showed us things get easier if you stay in. Pooran was excellent too.

"I thought we finished our bowling well, but our fielding let us down. We just want to play the perfect game next time."

Angelo Mathews' timely bowling cameo proved crucial as an Avishka Fernando-inspired Sri Lanka fought off a spirited West Indies response in an entertaining Cricket World Cup dead rubber at The Riverside. 

Bangladesh will hope to capitalise on India's unbeaten streak coming to an end as the Tigers seek to keep their Cricket World Cup semi-final hopes alive at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

Mashrafe Mortaza's side need to win their last two group games and hope for favourable results elsewhere in order to extend their tournament.

India stand in their way in Birmingham, where Virat Kohli's men lost their unblemished record in a 31-run loss to hosts England on Sunday.

While Bangladesh will certainly be the underdogs, a dominant win over an Afghanistan side who ran India and Pakistan close will give them confidence, though Mortaza knows they must play to their full potential.

"We have to play at our best," he said. "If we can manage to win, that will be great.

"India is a very strong side in this World Cup, and it's not going to be easy, but we have to play hard and have to be 100 per cent in every area.

"The good thing is that we're still in the tournament. We have to play a lot better than we have been."

Bangladesh have lost eight of their previous 10 ODI meetings with India, but Mortaza denied there was any mental barrier holding his side back or that pressure from fans' expectations was a factor.

"No, I don't think it's psychological," he said. "It's all about skill. It depends man to man who will take pressure. Obviously, there's pressure in the field.

"It's a good thing that people are supporting Bangladesh cricket team; they want us to win, which is normal, I think.

"Indian fans will also be supporting the Indian team and they want to win. So it's a normal thing, but I don't think there's a lot of pressure."

India will want to mount a response after receiving criticism for a perceived lack of conviction with the bat against England.

Suggestions they were under-motivated in chasing down 338 could provide encouragement to prove a point against Bangladesh.

 

TOURNAMENT SO FAR

With a return of three wins, three defeats and an abandoned clash against Sri Lanka, inconsistency has been a theme of Bangladesh's tournament.

In contrast, India were the model of consistency until England inflicted a maiden defeat upon them at the weekend. However, back-to-back wins to close the group phase could yet seal top spot for the two-time champions. 

WHAT THEY SAID

Mortaza: "Maybe against New Zealand we could do a little better, but the way we're playing, I think we should stick to our plan, and the way England played, I think, they played their way. So I think we have to play with our own plan."

India batting coach Sanjay Bangar: "It's a fresh game. It's going to be on the same track, so we have a bit of an idea of how the track will behave and how the dimensions of the ground are. So we'll try and maximize them."

OPTA FACTS

- India have won four matches on the bounce versus Bangladesh in ODIs.
- Bangladesh and India have met three times before in Cricket World Cup matches; the Tigers winning the first such encounter in 2007 before India registered back-to-back wins in 2011 and 2015.
- Kohli requires a score of 35 to become the leading run scorer in ODIs at Edgbaston. The India skipper averages 154.5 at the venue from six innings.

India all-rounder Vijay Shankar's Cricket World Cup has come to a premature end after he suffered a toe injury, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has confirmed.

Shankar sustained a fracture to the big toe on his left foot during a practice session last month and missed Sunday's defeat to England, with Mayank Agarwal now drafted in as his replacement.

India – whose 31-run loss to the hosts delayed their likely qualification for the semi-finals – are next in action against Bangladesh on Tuesday, although Agarwal is not expected to fly to England until later in the week.

The 28-year-old opening batsman is uncapped in limited-overs internationals but did make his Test debut on Boxing Day last year against Australia, scoring 76 and 42 at the top of the innings as India triumphed by 137 runs in Melbourne.

Agarwal backed this up with another half-century in the drawn fourth Test at Sydney, where the tourists closed out a 2-1 series win.

After facing Bangladesh in Birmingham, Virat Kohli's side meet Sri Lanka at Headingley in their final group game.

The battle for semi-final berths at the Cricket World Cup will go down to the wire in a thrilling final week full of permutations and possibilities.

Defending champions Australia are the only nation who have secured their spot in the last four, while only a crazy set of results would prevent India from joining them in the knockout stages.

But the battle between New Zealand, England, Pakistan and Bangladesh for the last two semi-final places is well and truly alive, Eoin Morgan's side breathing life into their campaign with a 31-run win over India on Sunday.

England's fluctuating form has been the subject of much debate across the cricket world and they need to beat third-placed New Zealand to guarantee their progression in the tournament. If England lose, they will rely on Bangladesh beating Pakistan on Friday.

New Zealand could still miss the top four, if they lose to England and other results go against them, while Bangladesh need to win both fixtures - against India and Pakistan - to stay alive.

FIXTURES

Monday 1 July: Sri Lanka v West Indies (The Riverside) - 1030 BST start

Tuesday 2 July: Bangladesh v India (Edgbaston) - 1030

Wednesday 3 July: England v New Zealand (The Riverside) - 1030

Thursday 4 July: Afghanistan v West Indies (Headingley) - 1030

Friday 5 July: Bangladesh v Pakistan (Lord's) - 1030

Saturday 6 July: Sri Lanka v India (Headingley) – 1030, Australia v South Africa (Old Trafford) - 1330

 

THE WEEK'S BIG GAME

Having produced in what was essentially a must-win game against India, all eyes will be on pre-tournament favourites England on Wednesday.

The stakes will again be very high and New Zealand have recent history on their side, having won their past five World Cup meetings against England.

The Black Caps demolished England by eight wickets with more than 37 overs remaining at the 2015 World Cup. England will need Jonny Bairstow to fire again with the bat against an impressive New Zealand attack.

STANDINGS

1.  Australia - 14pts from 8 games, Net Run Rate +1.000
2.  India - 11pts from 7 games, NRR +0.854
3.  New Zealand - 11pts from 8 games, NRR +0.572
4.  England - 10pts from 8 games, NRR +1.000
5.  Pakistan - 9pts from 8 games, NRR -0.792
6.  Bangladesh - 7pts from 7 games, NRR -0.133
7.  Sri Lanka - 6pts from 7 games, NRR -1.186
8.  South Africa - 5pts from 8 games, NRR -0.080
9.  West Indies - 3pts from 7 games, NRR -0.320
10. Afghanistan - 0pts from 8 games, NRR -1.418

LEADING RUN-SCORERS

1: David Warner (Aus) - 516
2: Aaron Finch (Aus) - 504
=3: Shakib Al Hasan (Ban), Joe Root (Eng) - 476

LEADING WICKET-TAKERS

1: Mitchell Starc (Aus) - 24
2: Lockie Ferguson (NZ) - 17
=3: Mohammad Amir (Pak), Jofra Archer (Eng) - 16

In the lead-up to the Cricket World Cup, the inescapable narrative surrounded the newest member of the England squad, Jofra Archer, whose electric performances in the T20 game had seen eligibility rules changed to allow him to be fast-tracked into the team.

Though the depth of England's team was the main reason many earmarked them as favourites for the tournament, it was Archer who was viewed as the final piece of the puzzle, and was therefore the subject of the most substantial hype.

Despite being an established one-day player and a key factor in England's rise to the top of the ICC ODI rankings, you would have struggled to find many fans abuzz about Chris Woakes' potential impact.

Yet, with England's backs firmly against the wall in a must-win match on the heels of a shock defeat to Sri Lanka and a crushing loss to Australia, it was Woakes who played a starring role for the attack as they restricted one of the world's best batting sides to 306 on a pitch set up perfectly for big scoring.

England's 31-run triumph was one for which the entire team deserves great credit. Jonny Bairstow (111), Jason Roy (66) and Ben Stokes (79), laid a superb platform as England put on 337, and the bowlers set the tone early and swiftly put India on the back foot, with the hosts fielding like a side who knew defeat was not an option.

However, after successive games where England magic has been in short supply, at Edgbaston it was Warwickshire's very own wizard who produced the majority of it to turn the tide firmly in their favour.

He removed KL Rahul caught and bowled for a duck in the third over, that dismissal the highlight as each of his first three overs ended in maidens.

That spell saw Woakes become the first England player to bowl three consectuive maidens in an ODI since 2003 and formed part of an opening powerplay in which they throttled India, who scored only 28 runs in those 10 overs.

Virat Kohli (66) and Rohit Sharma (102) predictably led a riposte and, much to the delight of the huge contingent of India fans that took over Edgbaston, looked increasingly assured as they did so.

Rather than being Archer who dislodged them it was first Liam Plunkett, who was slashed to James Vince by Kohli, and then Woakes who made sure the pair would not be at the crease to guide India home, celebrations of a brilliantly crafted Rohit century short-lived as he edged an off-cutter behind.

Shorn of each of their talismen, India needed their chase to find renewed purpose and it looked as though Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya might provide it, the latter smacking Woakes for three fours in the 39th over.

It would have been fair to expect an England side Eoin Morgan conceded may have had their confidence knocked by back-to-back defeats to crumble. Instead Woakes delivered what proved the knockout blow in spectacular fashion, diving to his left on the run at the square leg boundary to claim an incredible catch that made Pant Plunkett's second victim of three.

Even with living legend MS Dhoni at the crease, India faded thereafter in the face of a rapidly rising required run rate, leaving England to celebrate staying in the semi-final hunt and Morgan to laud the influence of his often unheralded all-rounder.

"I mention this all the time, when Woakes does well, he's a guy that goes unnoticed a lot of the time, but he's an extremely valuable player to us, great asset," Morgan said. 

"Particularly in the first 10 overs, I know the pitches haven't been that rewarding this time, but he's been extremely disciplined today and rewarded well."

Rewarded and maybe unnoticed no longer. Even prior to his heroics, Woakes' profile had received a boost, with a flag dedicated to him flying in front of the pyramid stage at Glastonbury on Sunday, and his fanbase is sure to grow after he kept England firmly in contention for a first 50-over world title.

Woakes may not be a headline act in the eyes of many but, as he proved in England's hour of need, he is more than capable of delivering a memorable main-stage performance.

Ryan Harris has hailed Aaron Finch's "outstanding" captaincy and believes Ricky Ponting helped the in-form Australia captain to "flick the switch" at the Cricket World Cup.

Finch was under pressure as he struggled due to a lack of runs against India at the start of this year, on the back of being axed from the Test side.

The opener showed his class in an ODI series whitewash of Pakistan in March and has lit up the World Cup, blasting two hundreds and three half-centuries at the top of the order for the holders in England.

Only opening partner David Warner has more than Finch's tally of 504 runs in the tournament, laying the foundations and leading his side superbly to the semi-finals with seven wins out of eight.

The defending champions are top with one group game remaining against South Africa and former Australia paceman Harris says the skipper should take huge credit.

Harris told Omnisport: "He's been pretty impressive for a while now. He's been through some pretty average times, form-wise, but you would not have known it.

"The way he has led the side has been outstanding, through good or bad he's able to do it very well.

"There were people calling for his head when he wasn't making a lot of runs against India and he's done a bit of work, flicked the switch and look where he is now - it's just amazing.

"He's done work with [Australia assistant coach] Ricky Ponting and it's great to see him get the rewards for what he has done and his captaincy has also been outstanding."

Harris also praised paceman Mitchell Starc, the leading wicket-taker in the competition with 24 dismissals after claiming outstanding figures of 5-26 in an 86-run drubbing of New Zealand at Lord's on Saturday.

"Starcy has copped a fair bit of criticism, about him not being able to do what he used to be able to do with a white ball, and he's answered that so well," Harris added.

 

Sri Lanka cannot reach the Cricket World Cup semi-finals after England's win over India left them unable to finish in the top four.

England moved up to fourth and onto 10 points with a 31-run victory over India at Edgbaston on Sunday – a first loss of the competition for Virat Kohli's men.

Sri Lanka could match the hosts' tally by triumphing in their last two games against West Indies and India but would remain below them due to an inferior number of wins, which is the first tie-breaker used to separate teams.

South Africa, West Indies and Afghanistan had already been eliminated, with leaders Australia the only team assured of a semi-final berth.

England's defeat of India was also bad news for Pakistan, who slipped to fifth and only have Bangladesh still to play.

Sarfraz Ahmed's side have nine points and wrap up their campaign at Lord's on Friday.

Eoin Morgan was delighted to see his batting line-up play aggressively against India's spinners as England kept their Cricket World Cup semi-final hopes in their own hands with a 31-run win at Edgbaston.

Jonny Bairstow responded to a difficult week that saw him come in for criticism from former England captain Michael Vaughan with a brilliant century and a 160-run opening stand with the fit-again Jason Roy.

Yuzvendra Chahal (0-88) and Kuldeep Yadav (1-72) particularly toiled on a batsman-friendly pitch in Birmingham and captain Morgan praised his side for playing an attacking brand of cricket.

"Jason Roy coming back in, him and Jonny Bairstow up the top, Jonny going and getting a hundred - that was magnificent to watch," he said at the post-match presentation.

"I think probably the continuation of partnerships right throughout took us to a quite formidable total.

"I think that [taking on the spinners] was probably the winning and losing of the game, from 10 to 20 overs we got 90-95 runs, which is quite substantial early.

"It lays a huge platform for the way we want to play. The two main spinners for India being taken on is great to see. That's the way we want to play our cricket."

England will be sure of a semi-final place by beating New Zealand in their final group game, but Morgan warned his team to avoid a complacent attitude.

"There's absolutely no easy game in this tournament. [The] game between Pakistan and Afghanistan proved that," he said.

"Every game in this World Cup has been extremely tough for everybody and I think it'll continue to be."

Man of the match Bairstow was left to reflect on a week in which he suggested people were waiting for England to fail, leading Vaughan to question his mentality.

"I think it's been frustrating a little bit for the guys. We know how well we can play," he said.

"We were pretty good bat, ball and in the field and I think that there's still things we can improve on going forward to New Zealand next week."

Rohit Sharma made a century and Virat Kohli 66 in their stand of 138, but ultimately India's scoring was too slow to chase down a target of 338.

Captain Kohli disputed that England's score was only just above par and felt India did well to reel in their opponents, with Mohammed Shami claiming a five-for.

"I thought they were going to get 360 at one stage. I think we did well to pull them back," he said.

"In the end 10 to 15 [fewer runs] would have been better because we had them under pressure at the 40-over mark, but Ben [Stokes] played a very good innings as well.

"You have to accept it, take it in your stride and accept the opposition played better than you on the day and they were just more clinical in terms of their execution with their plan." 

Jonny Bairstow's excellent century helped ensure England's Cricket World Cup semi-final destiny remained in their own hands as they overpowered previously unbeaten India by 31 runs at Edgbaston.

A tumultuous week for opener Bairstow (111) in which he found himself at the centre of a spat with ex-captain Michael Vaughan ended with a maiden World Cup hundred as England posted 337-7.

Bairstow whacked six maximums and 10 fours in a fine 109-ball knock before slashing the excellent Mohammed Shami to deep point.

The fit-again Jason Roy was aggressive at the top of the order with his 66 – ended only by a stunning catch on the run from sub fielder Ravindra Jadeja – helping England open with a 160-run stand, the highest made against India at a World Cup.

Ben Stokes added an excellent 79 – his third straight half-century – with three sixes and six fours to boost England, but Shami's wonderful 5-69 on a batsman friendly pitch in Birmingham kept the score from running into the 400s.

Rohit Sharma was put down at slip by Joe Root and made England pay with this third century of the tournament, while Kohli made 66 in an excellent century stand.

But Chris Woakes (2-58) and Liam Plunkett (3-55) displayed their worth to England with star turns with the ball, as India – who are still all but assured of a last-four place – paid the price for sedate scoring at the start of their reply.

England return to fourth in the table and know victory over New Zealand at The Riverside on Wednesday will clinch a semi-final spot.

THAT'S THE WAY TO DO IT JONNY

Bairstow's comments this week saying people were waiting for England to fail led Vaughan slamming his mindset as "negative and pathetic".

But Vaughan tweeted to say "that's the way to do it" after Bairstow anchored England's innings and he celebrated his century with an understated raise of the bat and thumbs up to the camera.

Roy, who missed the last three games due to a hamstring injury, also showed what Eoin Morgan's men have been missing at the top of the order, although India should have reviewed when he gloved behind on 21.

 

WOAKES, PLUNKETT ENSURE ROHIT KNOCK IN VAIN

Shami stemmed England's momentum in the middle of their innings, adding Morgan, Root, Jos Buttler and Woakes to his list of victims after snaring Bairstow.

Rohit made the most of Root's gaffe with some crisp batting, finding the boundary 15 times from 109 deliveries.

But the superb Woakes – who had earlier caught and bowled KL Rahul – tempted Rohit to edge one behind after Kohli's knock was ended by Plunkett.

Woakes then took a wonderful catch on the run at the square-leg boundary to see off the big-hitting Rishabh Pant (32) off Plunkett, who also claimed the scalp of the dangerous-looking Hardik Pandya (45).

Sri Lanka must beat West Indies at Chester-le-Street on Monday to keep their slim hopes of reaching the Cricket World Cup semi-finals alive.

A 125-run drubbing against India at Old Trafford on Thursday guaranteed the Windies will not feature in the last four.

Sri Lanka are unlikely to qualify, but they will still be just about alive if they defeat Jason Holder's men at the Riverside.

Dimuth Karunaratne's side went down by nine wickets in their clash with South Africa at the same venue on Friday, paying the price for a poor effort with the bat.

Seamer Kasun Rajitha has been added to Sri Lanka's squad with two group games remaining after Nuwan Pradeep was ruled out with chickenpox.

The Windies crumbled to only 143 in their encounter with Virat Kohli's side to bow out with a whimper.

TOURNAMENT SO FAR

Sri Lanka suffered a 10-wicket thrashing at the hands of New Zealand in their first game of the tournament and have lost three times, but claimed a surprise win over England after seeing off Afghanistan.

The Windies' crushing seven-wicket win over Pakistan proved to be a false dawn and a heavy defeat to India in Manchester was their fifth of the World Cup, knocking them out.

 

WHAT THEY SAID

Sri Lanka captain Karunaratne: "I think the batting is the main problem. We couldn't get a hundred. If you want to compete with the good sides, you have definitely got to have a good batting line-up and you have to put runs on the board, so I think in this World Cup, the major issue is the batting line-up."

West Indies head coach Floyd Reifer: "Yes, we are out of the World Cup, but there is still a lot of cricket to play after the World Cup. It's important for us to, you know, find the winning ways and find the winning formula going forward, so it is important for us to play this game as hard as possible."

 

OPTA FACTS

- Sri Lanka have won five of their last six ODI clashes against West Indies, including a nail-biting one-run victory in their last meeting in November 2016.

- Sheldon Cottrell will be the only player featuring in this fixture to have taken 10 or more wickets in the competition and the paceman will be facing Sri Lanka for the first time.

- West Indies have lost their last five ODIs. The last time they lost more was an eight-game streak in their final eight matches in 2017.

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