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The World Champions sprinted to 135 runs in 14 overs for the first wicket chasing 318. The Indian Pacers barged through the batting and reduced the hosts to 176 for 5, taking five wickets for merely 41 runs. England never really could forge another partnership and eventually thrown weapons. The collapse brought England's dashing approach with the bat into question but Hussain thinks it is a case of showing more of the composure which made them ICC World Champions.
"England will look at themselves – 135-0 in 14 overs and two balls, chasing that score, did they need to be a little bit smarter?" the Sky Sports expert and former England captain wondered. "England have this way of going hard but they showed in the last World Cup, there are times when they can just sit in and be smart – you don't win a lower-scoring World Cup than people thought without having that capability.
I just don't think they were smart enough today, especially Kuldeep [Yadav] was really struggling so they had effectively four and a half bowlers. They had to force Virat [Kohli] to bowl Hardik Pandya but they kept losing wickets, so Kuldeep could just come on at the end and the game was already lost."
Hussain expects England to continue with the aggressive style that has made them such a successful team in the One-Day Cricket and praised Morgan's ability to assert his team aptly..
"He is an incredibly smart cookie, Eoin Morgan, when he does post-match interviews – he's not speaking to us, he's speaking to his team," he added.