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World Cup 2019, Match38- ENG vs IND, Preview: Invincible India aim to pile on to England’s misery

The ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 extravaganza is into its business end and from here on every match is pretty important for the teams who are still in the hunt to qualify for the semi-finals. In the 37th match of the tournament, a mouth-watering clash is set to be witnessed on Super Sunday (June 30) as hosts England will be taking on the unbeaten Team India at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Both the teams are coming into this game after witnessing contrasting results in their respective previous outings. England desperately needs to win this match in order to keep themselves alive in the competition, while a victory will help India seal the second semis spot.

After slumping to defeats in the last two matches, England is in a bit of tangle in the 2019 World Cup. Even as their 20-run loss to Sri Lanka came as a surprise to many, Australia ripped the Brits apart at Lord’s. Placed fourth on the table, Eoin Morgan and Co are left with only a couple of league games and are must-win. To make things worse, their penultimate match is against India, the recently crowned number-one ODI team.

With Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan breathing down their neck, England need to somehow assert their mini-slump. India, on the other hand, has been unstoppable and is the only unbeaten team in the tournament. Virat Kohli’s men are second on the points table and have a Net Run Rate of +1.160, something which depicts their dominating run in the mega event.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

England

India

Tied

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Overall (99)

41

53

2

3

In World Cup (7)

3

3

1

 

 

England’s likely Playing XI

The English team management might look to replace James Vince with Jason Roy, who is yet to attain full fitness. Though the management is confident about his return, a final call on his participation will be taken in the morning of the game. In the last couples of games, their batting has shown tendencies to crumble under pressure. Both times the Three Lions failed to chase down targets. Vince has looked lacklustre and Bairstow hasn’t looked fluent either.

England’s success has depended a lot on Joe Root’s performance. He is their leading run-scorer with 432 runs at an average of 72. Apart from the 148 versus the Afghans, even skipper Eoin Morgan has strained to get going. Ben Stokes was unlucky as his knocks of 82* and 89 came in losing causes. Jos Buttler needs to be a little more consistent. In the bowling department, Mark Wood and Jofra Archer hold the key.

Probable XI: James Vince/Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood.

India’s likely Playing XI

On the other hand, India may not want to tinker with their winning combination. Rohit Sharma after three incredible knocks, failed the last two times and will be keen to make amends. KL Rahul needs to somehow convert his starts after putting in the hard yards. Vijay Shankar also has to pull up his socks, before the axe comes down on him. MS Dhoni has looked at bay in the middle overs, but in the last match, he made up for the slow start with some lusty blows.

Hardik Pandya has been excellent with both bat and ball. Moreover, with a strike-rate of 142, he hasn’t allowed bowlers to settle down. In the bowling department, Shami has been India’s standout performer with a couple of four-wicket hauls in the two games he played. On a probable turning track in Birmingham, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal can be tough prospects to deal with. Jasprit Bumrah has been incredible as well, the pacer has nine wickets so far.

Probable XI: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.