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Sharma admits his side can learn plenty of lessons from England's bowlers
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Sharma admits his side can learn plenty of lessons from England's bowlers

Rohit Sharma admitted there were plenty of ‘lessons’ to be learnt from England's bowlers after India were handed their first defeat of this World Cup at Edgbaston on Sunday.

Sharma struck 102 off 109 balls but India fell short by 31 runs towards the end.

Jonny Bairstow led England's onslaught at the top of the order with his 111 off 109 balls as England are now getting closer to seal a spot in the semi-finals.

"They played better cricket throughout this match. While batting they had not one but three partnerships. On the other side we had only one big partnership," Sharma told reporters after India's loss.

"They mixed the short ball and the slower ball and forced us to hit at the longer boundaries which was a lesson for us for our next game."

India need to win only one of their remaining two group matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to clinch a spot in the top four.

Liam Plunkett, who was picked over Moeen Ali for this match, took three key wickets, including the big one of Virat Kohli.

Earlier, Woakes struck early to send back KL Rahul for nought and later got rid of Rohit Sharma to put India under the pump.

"Losing an early wicket always puts you under pressure, and we lost KL right at the start, and they bowled pretty well in the first 10 overs," said Sharma.

‘England bowlers made it hard for Dhoni and Jadhav’

MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav were criticized heavily for their lack of intent in the final five overs as the run-rate kept on soaring.

But Sharma defended his batsmen, saying that England bowlers exploited the conditions well and forced them to hit on the longer boundary.

"When MS and Kedar were batting, I think they were trying to hit, but they were not able to because of the slowness of the pitch," said the Indian vice-captain.

"You've got to give credit to English team because they used the conditions really well. They used the longer boundary really well."

‘Kohli unimpressed by shorter boundary’

But Kohli was not too impressed by the dimensions of the ground, which had a very short boundary on one side.

"The toss was vital, especially since the boundary was that short. It is a coincidence that it just falls under the limitations of the shortest boundary you can have," Kohli said in the post-match presentation.

"It is quite bizarre on a flat pitch. It is crazy things fall in place like that randomly.

"If the batsmen are able to reverse sweep you for six on a 59 metre boundary there is not much you can do. And one side was 82 metres."