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Not the best of times to be MS Dhoni

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In the match between India and England, the latter won the toss and opted to bat first.

In fact, Michael Vaughan had earlier tweeted that the team which beats India will go on to win the tournament.

In the ongoing 2019 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup, the Indian team is playing as one of the favourite sides.

Chasing a stiff target 338 to win, previously unbeaten India needed 71 runs from the last five overs of Sunday's match at Edgbaston, with veteran big-hitter Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav at the crease. Among them, India and New Zealand are all but through due to their superior net run rate - explained in more detail below - while England, Pakistan and Bangladesh are fighting for one slot. As a result, India scored only 28 runs in the first 10 overs - their slowest start in the World Cup so far.

People thought that Dhoni's poor performance was purposeful since everyone including commentators refused to accept that this was his actual performance in accordance with his potential.

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India are now all but qualified for the knockout stage despite the loss to England.

Sharma's three centuries came against South Africa (122*), Pakistan (140) and England (102).

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India's campaign was cruising along, but the defeat against England has suddenly forced the management to sit up and address few issues. "He's doing the job for the team and overall we're very happy with the intent he's batting with", Bangar said on the eve of the match against Bangladesh.

Some passionate Pakistani cricket fans even grooved for India's win in yesterday's match which according to Indian skipper Virat Kohli is rare for any Pakistani fan.

The flood of memes on Twitter began after former England captain Naseer Hussain created a flutter when he asked Pakistani fans to choose a side to win.

The clash ended with England beating India by 31 runs and Sri Lanka being knocked out of the semifinals.

The situation has become tougher for both teams as they now need 11 points to qualify, but as things stand, only one of them can get there because they play each other, on Friday.

India will next encounter Bangladesh tomorrow at Edgbaston cricket ground whilst the host will face the Black Caps on Wednesday, 3 July at Riverside Ground.

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