England kept their World Cup dreams alive with a stirring victory over India, Jonny Bairstow letting his bat do the talking with a match-winning century at Edgbaston.
The stakes were incredibly high for the hosts after back-to-back defeats but Eoin Morgan’s side held their nerve in a 31-run success, ending India’s undefeated streak and reclaiming their own place in the top four.
Bairstow’s suggestion that critics were ‘waiting for us to fail‘ had been poorly received during the week but he repaid any lingering debt in style, striking 111 to set up an imposing 337 for seven.
Bairstow did not go into battle alone, fit-again opening partner Jason Roy setting the tone with an aggressive 66 and Ben Stokes making it three half-centuries in a row with his bustling 79, but his knock did the heaviest lifting.
Roared on by a hugely partisan crowd which flipped home advantage on its head, India needed luck and skill if they were to make a record World Cup chase and Rohit Sharma had both.
Dropped at slip by Joe Root with just four to his name, he went on to make 102.
But despite that England’s attack showed their mettle, Chris Woakes taking two wickets and a glorious boundary catch while Liam Plunkett justified his recall in place of Moeen Ali with three for 55 – including master batsman Virat Kohli.
England may not need to see off New Zealand at Chester-le-Street to seal a semi-final place but they go into their last group game knowing nobody can stop them if they do.
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The Cricket World Cup has produced many moments of magic over the years since the first tournament in 1975.
Australia have won four of the last five tournaments but it is England who go into it as favourites on home soil.
The tournament starts on Thursday with the hosts facing South Africa at The Oval and you can hear regular updates live on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2.
There have been plenty of headlines and controversy along the way off the pitch.
Freddie Flintoff was stripped of the vice-captaincy after the pedalo incident in 2007, Shane Warne missed the 2003 tournament because of a failed drugs test and Bob Woolmer was found dead in his hotel room on the eve of the 2007 competition.
But there have been plenty of iconic moments on the pitch and here at talkSPORT.com we have ranked the most memorable moments.
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10. Kapil Dev’s 175 not out for India against Zimbabwe in 1983
This was a heroic innings from the Indian great in tough circumstances against Zimbabwe in 1983.
In the match at Tunbridge Wells, Dev came to the crease with his side 9-4 and they slumped to 78-7 with little chance of posting a respectable total.
Dev smashed 175 not out from 138 balls to help India to 266-8 with the next highest batter scoring 24.
Zimbabwe were all out for 235 in reply.
9. Martin Guptil’s record innings in 2015
Guptil hit the highest individual score in World Cup history with this innings of 237 not out in New Zealand’s quarter-final with the West Indies in 2015.
He scored an incredible 137 runs from his last 52 deliveries to etch his name in the record books.
8. Viv Richards’ hundred in the 1979 final
A brilliant 138 not out from Richards took the game away from England.
The West Indies were 99-4 when he came to the crease and ended up helping them to 286, which proved too much for their opponents and sealed their second World Cup win.
7. Sri Lanka shock Australia in 1996 final
Sri Lanka co-hosted the tournament and they were helped into the final when the West Indies and Australia forfeited their group matches due to safety reasons.
The favourites, Australia, had no answer to Aravinda de Silva who hit 107 not out to win the trophy.
6. Herschelle Gibbs’ drop in 1999
A bizarre incident between Australia and South Africa in their Super Six clash, which proved costly for the latter.
Gibbs caught Steve Waugh, who was on 56 at the time, and in his haste to throw the ball up in celebration dropped it. Waugh allegedly asked Gibbs ‘how does it feel to have dropped the World Cup?’
Gibbs maintained the catch should have stood but Waugh went on to make 120 not out as the Australians clinched the win with two balls to spare.
5. Sachin Tendulkar and the 1996 semi-final
India were cruising in this match against Sri Lanka in Kolkata until Tendulkar was stumped off Sanath Jayasuriya, which led to a collapse.
Seven wickets for 22 runs saw the crowd begin to throw objects on the pitch and set fire to seating.
The match was abandoned and the win given to Sri Lanka.
4. Mike Gatting’s reverse sweep in the 1987 final
We are still waiting for England’s first ever World Cup win and that might not be the case if it were not for Mike Gatting’s dismissal all those years ago.
Chasing Australia’s 253, Gatting and Bill Athey were cruising to a win at 135-2. Part-timer Allan Border dismissed Gatting when he decided to reverse sweep his first ball and was caught by wicket-keeper Greg Dyer.
From that position England slumped to 246-8 in one of their best chances to win the competition.
3. Kapil Dev’s catch in 1983
The dominant West Indies were on course for their third World Cup win until Viv Richards got himself out.
A mis-timed shot saw Dev have to run back from mid-on and take a catch from over his shoulder.
A brilliant grab that sparked a West Indies collapse and saw India win the World Cup.
2. South Africa and the rain in 1992
The Proteas reached the semi-final to face England in their first tournament following their apartheid ban and it ended in controversy.
They needed 22 from 13 balls when the players went off because of rain.
But after just a 12-minute delay, their target was adjusted to 22 needed from one ball and their opponents went through to the final.
1. Allan Donald run-out in the 1999 semi-final
The most memorable moment during a World Cup came in this clash between South Africa and Australia.
South Africa needed nine from the final over with just one wicket remaining with Lance Klusener and Allan Donald at the crease.
Klusener hit two fours from the first two balls to tie the scores. Two balls later, he set off for a single but Donald did not respond and they were both left stranded at the same end.
Donald made an effort to get back but Adam Gilchrist ran him out while he was in no man’s land.
Australia progressed to the final by virtue of finishing higher than their opponents in the Super Six table.
“I’m really looking forward to joining up with Nottinghamshire, to playing cricket at an iconic venue like Trent Bridge and hopefully contributing to some County Championship victories,” Ashwin told the club’s website.
“I enjoyed my previous stint in England with Worcestershire. It’s a good, competitive standard of cricket over there and I can’t wait to get started.”
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