World Cup 2019: How England performs when openers Roy, Bairstow do not fire in 275-plus chases

England has had a habit of chasing down tall targets when openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow get going. But, what happens when they don't fire?

Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow have forged a dangerous opening partnership for England in the last two years.   -  REUTERS

In recent times, England has emerged as a batting powerhouse with capable strikers. The team has acquired a reputation for its batting depth, while having a fierce opening combination in Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow. Since the end of the Champions Trophy, the no. 1 ranked ODI side has tasted a high degree of success in run chases, winning 17 and losing just four times.

Breaking down its chasing exploits for targets of 275 and above, England has won six times out of 10. Roy and Bairstow, who came together as the opening pair in September, 2017, have been key during this period in tall chases.

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Roy has scored 589 runs in England's six successful chases of 275 and more, with four hundreds and two fifties. Bairstow has struck two hundreds in five successful chases.

However, in matches where both have them have been dismissed relatively cheaply, England has lost. In one of these losses, chasing a mammoth 372 against Scotland, Bairstow hit a century, but Roy was dismissed for 34.  

England's successful chases of 275-plus scores

chasing 359 vs PAK, 2019: Roy: 76, Bairstow: 128

chasing 341 vs PAK, 2019: Roy: 114, Bairstow: DNP

chasing 362 vs WI, 2019: Roy: 123, Bairstow: 34

chasing 311 vs AUS, 2018: Roy: 101, Bairstow: 79

chasing 305 vs AUS, 2018: Roy: 180, Bairstow: 14

chasing 289 vs WI, 2017: Roy: 96, Bairstow: 141

In England's World Cup 2019 match against Pakistan on Thursday at Trent Bridge, both Roy (8) and Bairstow (32) were dismissed inside the 10 overs as the host lost by 14 runs while chasing 349.

England's unsuccessful chases of 275-plus scores

chasing 290 vs WI, 2019: Roy 2, Bairstow: 0

chasing 352 vs SL, 2018: Roy: 4, Hales: 0

chasing 372 vs SCO, 2018: Roy: 34, Bairstow: 105

chasing 349 vs PAK, 2019: Roy: 8, Bairstow: 32


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