England vs. India
|Date & Time||Sunday June 30, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
England 2.00 India 1.80
India take on England at Edgbaston on Sunday in an important clash at the top of the table. India sit 2nd with eleven points from six matches. England are in need of a win as they find themselves three points behind in 4th. It promises to be a thrilling encounter.
India come into the match on the back of a big win. They thrashed the West Indies by 125 runs at Old Trafford and moved a step closer to the semi-finals. A win over England would secure them a spot in the last four and their recent performances suggest that they may well get the job done on Sunday.
India’s bowlers have been immense throughout the World Cup and they continued their form against West Indies in their last match. Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowlers, picking up 4/16 from just 6.2 overs. Yuzvendrah Chahal also picked up two wickets and Jaspirt Bumrah impressed with an extremely economical spell, finishing with figures of 2/9 from six overs.
Virat Kohli top scored with 72 from 82 balls. He looked to be on his way to yet another ODI century but misread a delivery and was caught cheaply. MS Dhoni also played an exciting innings and his unbeaten half century helped his side to victory.
England’s last match ended in defeat to Australia. After a strong start to the tournament, they have now lost two games on the bounce and are in danger of missing out on a spot in the semi-finals. They will have to pick up their game and put in a strong performance if they are to beat India.
Ben Stokes top scored against Australia with 89 but their next highest scorer was Jonny Bairstow with 27. England eventually lost the match by 64 runs as they were bowled out for just 221.
England’s bowlers have been impressive so far at the tournament but their weaknesses were exposed against a powerful Australian batting line-up. Chris Woakes finished with figures of 2/46 from his ten overs whilst Ben Stokes picked up 1/29 from six.
England will be looking to rekindle the kind of form that saw them blow away South Africa, Bangladesh, West Indies and Afghanistan. They are capable of beating any team in the competition on their day but have stuttered recently. Their record stands at P7 W4 L3.
India are still unbeaten at this year’s World Cup and have only dropped points due to their match with New Zealand being abandoned due to rain. They have won their other five matches and are looking like serious contenders to lift the trophy.
Taking both side’s form into account, I predict that India will beat England and book their place in the semi-finals. India look unbeatable right now and it would take a special England performance to beat them.