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Root was an early victim of Mitchell Starc when England lost to Australia at Lord's

Root was an early victim of Mitchell Starc when England lost to Australia at Lord's

England has lost its last two clashes with Australia, including a warm-up game ahead of the World Cup, but before that Root & Co. had the edge with a series win down under and a 5-0 whitewash on home soil.

However, India's chase derailed quickly after they came out to bat.

Jadeja obliged, clubbing four fours and as many sixes, before holing out to long-off off Trent Boult and though Dhoni attempted to up the ante, the veteran was run out following a direct hit from Martin Guptill in the penultimate over as India's hopes vanished.

"But two quality sides are going to play, we'll be watching with interest".

"The way Jadeja and Dhoni were hitting the ball, they were likely to win, but our fielders were then outstanding". "These guys and this group over the last four years, their experience against Australia have been very positive and they have got a lot of success in the bank". Turned out to be a very close game but nice to come out on our side.

India found themselves three wickets down with just five runs on the board at the start of their run chase.

Batsmen continued to fall until a record seventh-wicket partnership of 116 runs between wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni and swashbuckling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja edged India into a slight ascendancy.

The way the chase panned out vindicated New Zealand captain Kane Williamson's attritional approach to batting on hard conditions on Tuesday, which ended prematurely because of rain with the Blacks Caps 211-5 with 3.5 overs remaining.

New Zealand won by 18 runs as India finished 221 all out.

New Zealand scored 28 runs after the resumption under cloudy but brightening skies, finishing on 239-8.

Sharma, who had already made a five hundreds at this tournament - a record for a single World Cup, began the procession of top-order dismissals when he was caught behind off Henry.

Two-time world champions India lost key batsmen Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul for just one run each. It was a brilliant start for us.

"If we do the things well that we know we can do, especially with the ball, I think we're good enough to beat anyone on the day", he said.

During a nailing-biting finale, with India needing 37 from the final three overs, New Zealand got the breakthrough they needed. "It was nice to see the ball moving around and put some pressure on them (India)", he said.

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