World Cup 2019: England meets India in a crucial clash today
Birmingham: India take on England at Edgbaston here on Sunday for a do-or-die match for the hosts. Interestingly this will also be the 100th ODI encounter between the cricketing giants.
While England started as World Cup favourites, they have lost four of the seven matches that they have played till now. Today’s match will be a tough one for the English as the win might secure a semi-final berth for them. They also need to beat New Zealand for a confirmed entry.
Meanwhile, India have had a great season where they have won five of the six matches with one being washed out. They will be looking to continue with their winning run. They are currently at second position just behind the defending champions Australia. But they do have the highest net run-rate and will be attempting to top the points table.
India’s middle-order batting is a glaring concern. It is hoped that the management will make some changes for No.4 position as that’s certainly the weak link. The men in blue go orange today and will be looking to overcome the chinks in the link.
Eoin Morgan’s team is not out of contention if it loses to India, but its fate will no longer be in their hands. However, the dreams of a one-day international cricket revolution will be potentially over.
Both India and England have faced each other in seven matches so far. Out of these, both teams have won three matches and there has been one tie. So based on their previous World Cup records, one can say that both India and England are pretty head to head.
Coming to weather, it is likely to stay dry and hence give a decent chance for an interesting match. The temperature is likely to hover between 14-21 degrees, which might make the spinners come into play.