The most awaited contest of the ongoing World Cup is here. The hosts, England will take on India in order to improve their chances of qualifying to the knock-out stage.
The two teams were considered favorites to win the World Cup this time. India did justice to the tag as they are in the second position with 11 points while England couldn’t as they are in the fifth position with eight points.
India still have three games in hand and a win in just one game out of them will sail the Men in Blue to the semi-final round. England, on the other hand, have two games left and they have to win them both to qualify for the next round.
In the last fixture, England were thrashed by Australia in a one-sided contest while India defeated West Indies comfortably after putting up a small total.
The two sides have faced each other seven times in the World Cup history. None of them have control over the other as both have three wins each with one match tied in 2011 World Cup.
England (Probable XI): Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (WK), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
India (Probable XI): Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C),Rishab Pant, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar , Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami.
Joe Root vs Kuldeep Yadav
The most consistent batsman of England will take on one of the best spinners in the world currently. Who will get better of whom? Well, one can’t predict that but can surely tell that this is going to be an entertaining battle.
Joe Root has been a key for big scores and stability in the England batting line-up. The English batsman is the fifth highest run scorer of the tournament with 432 runs in seven fixtures.
Kuldeep Yadav, on the other hand, hasn’t been a wicket-taker for his side but has surely been an economy bowler that keeps putting pressure on the opposition. The Indian bowler did brilliant bowling in the middle spell against Pakistan and that makes us believe that he will strike today as well.
The Indian spinner is not the only threat to Root. There are other Indian bowlers as well, who will be targeting the English player constantly until he goes back to the pavilion.
If Root decides to play a slow inning and won’t play an unnecessary shot, then we might see another big score from him. The English batsman has already scored two centuries and three half-centuries in the ongoing World Cup. That makes him a vital part of his side and a threat to the visitors.
Adil Rashid vs Virat Kohli
The world’s best ODI batsman, Virat Kohli, will take on the English spinner, Adil Rashid. Are you ready for a thriller? Well, you should be as this is a crucial battle of this fixture and it might decide the result of this match.
The Indian skipper has scored four consecutive half-centuries in the ongoing World Cup. Kohli is the key in middle-order for India and if he goes down early then that might increase problems for India. However, it all depends on how Adil bowls to the Indian batsman.
If Kohli plays off Adil then there are chances that he might go on to score good runs. This clearly tells us that the pressure is going to be on English bowler as his team is depending on him for the most important wicket of the match.
Also, there are chances that India will break down after Kohli’s wicket but there is no guarantee. Because the current Indian squad have brilliant batting line-up and if any of them clicks, today. Then we might see another big total on the scoreboard.
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We are expecting this encounter to be a close one as both the sides will give their everything to win this battle.
India are in a better position and form in comparison to the hosts, who have already lost three games in this tournament. Also, the bowling of the Men in Blue is better than the English bowlers. Moreover, the visitors have a great quality of absorbing the pressure and this quality we can’t see in the English players.
So, considering everything, Cricwizz team believes that this fixture will end in the favor of India and England will be knocked out of the tournament.
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