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Rahul says a 'confident India' will pile on misery for England at World Cup
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Rahul says a 'confident India' will pile on misery for England at World Cup

KL Rahul said a ‘confident’ India will look to pile on misery for England when the two sides clash at Edgbaston on Sunday.

England's chances of making it to the semi-finals hang in balance as they need to win their remaining two matches against India and New Zealand.

Rahul insisted that India will take their momentum forward and won’t take their foot off the accelerator.

"If we play the best cricket, and if we play the kind of cricket that we've been playing in the last four or five games, we'll end up most probably on the winning side," said Rahul.

"Individually and as a team, we're focused on getting our plans right, executing our skills right and again it's a big game against England.

"So hopefully the confidence and the momentum that we have we can carry that to Birmingham and it will be great to get more wins."

‘Adaptability the key to India’s success’

India found themselves in sight trouble on a slow Old Trafford track but Kohli's gritty 82-ball innings negated the threat offered by Kemar Roach, who took three wickets.

Kohli's poise backed up by late contributions from MS Dhoni (56) and Hardik Pandya (46) ensured India a solid total of 268 from 50 overs.

Rahul said the team's ability to adapt to different types of surfaces has been the standout feature in the mega-event.

"We have that kind of confidence in the batting unit. So we don't mind taking that little extra time," said Rahul, who was promoted to the opener's slot after injury to Shikhar Dhawan.

"If we go to the next game, there might be a bit of movement, might be overcast. So we need to be flexible in our minds."

India just need one victory from their remaining three games to qualify for the semi-finals.

Kohli, with four consecutive half-centuries, has provided much-needed stability to India’s batting and Rahul said it was inspiring for the rest of the side.

"I mean, he just kept batting well, whenever you see the IPL or Test cricket or T20 cricket or One-Day Internationals," said Rahul of the run-machine.

"And that's what is great to see and inspiring for us and the team to learn from him and probably understand and have the same kind of passion and go out every game wanting to do well for the country."