India was Close to complete performance: Bairstow

Vastavam web: England opener Jonny Bairstow said Sunday’s 31-run victory over previously unbeaten India was the closest the hosts have come to a complete performance in the Cricket World Cup. Bairstow was man of the match after scoring 111 in England’s 337, also fielding brilliantly as India managed 306-5 in reply.

“It came together today,” Bairstow said. “The closest to a complete performance we have had. It was important to set the platform. We were reacting to each ball. “Having been in the IPL it has helped me play spin and how to build an innings in all conditions. The ball did bits at first, I had some inside edges and you ride your luck when you can.”

“It was great to be back out there and putting together another big partnership,” said Roy, who missed the last three games with a hamstring injury. “It was horrible to be out of the team but I needed to stay positive and I knew if I worked hard I would be back out on the pitch. “I was raring to go at Lord’s but it was the smart decision not to let me play against Australia. It worked out for the best.”

England might still have to win their final group game against New Zealand to make the semi-finals, following defeats by Sri Lanka and Australia, when Bairstow was a frustrated figure and claimed many people wanted to see England fail. The smile was back on Sunday, however, after the sort of performance that England had been routinely knocking out during the year coming into the tournament.