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England Set Handsome Target For India

EDGBASTON: Electing to bat, England riding on a brilliant century from Jonny Bairstow set India a stiff target of 337 for 7 in Birmingham on Sunday.

Jonny Bairstow (111) and Jason Roy (66) put on 160 runs for the opening partnership. After the dismissal of Jason Roy, Bairstow completed his eighth ODI century.

Mohammed Shami was the pick of the Indian bowlers. Shami took 5 for 69 in his quota of 10 overs. Ben Stokes struck some lusty blows in the end and scored 79 off 54 balls to give some late thrust to the England innings.

England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and decided to bat first against India at Edgbaston.

England made a couple of changes, bringing in opener Jason Roy (back from injury) and Liam Plunkett. India made one change, bringing in Rishabh Pant for the all-rounder Vijay Shankar who is down with a toe injury.

England are under pressure to win both their remaining games to qualify for the semifinals. India, for the first time wore their new orange-blue away kit.