What was supposed to be a top-of-the-table clash, England vs India is now shaping up to be a must-win for the hosts. This match #38 of the 2019 ICC World Cup will be played at Edgbaston on Sunday.
Both sides are not yet guaranteed of a spot in the semis. However, with 11 points from six games, India need just one win of their remaining three games. England have dropped out of the top four after Pakistan’s dramatic win over Afghanistan. They now need to win their remaining two matches to avoid any drama.
Two losses have put England’s tournament in jeopardy. The loss to Sri Lanka opened the tournament up, while the loss to Australia was demoralising. The injuries within the squad aren’t helping either. Regardless, the form of Joe Root and the threat of getting knocked out should see them improve.
The anticipated return of Jason Roy, despite not being fully fit, is great news for England. Jofra Archer remains an injury worry and might miss out. The pitch is expected to be a batsmen paradise, a help they needed in this situation.
Virat Kohli’s men remain the only unbeaten side of the tournament. There is considerable interest in this match around the subcontinent. Pakistan and Bangladesh will hope that India manages to brush aside England.
Regardless of that, India will hope to continue their winning momentum. Questions over the brittle middle-order still remain. However, the strong form of the bowlers mean that India have a very good balanced unit.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Joe Root is having a glorious World Cup with consistent knocks. His presence is a boost for England and to your fantasy points.
Virat Kohli loves a battle and is showing great signs of consistency himself. A chance to put it past one of the tournament favourites should spur them.
Ben Stokes will be crucial for England with his all-round skills.
England are likely to risk Roy, while Moeen Ali might miss out to Plunkett,
England: 1 Jason Roy 2 Jonny Bairstow 3 Joe Root 4 Eoin Morgan (C) 5 Ben Stokes 6 Jos Buttler 7 Chris Woakes 8 Liam Plunkett 9 Adil Rashid 10 Jofra Archer 11 Mark Wood
India are unlikely to change their playing XI.
India: 1 KL Rahul 2 Rohit Sharma 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 Vijay Shankar 5 Kedar Jadhav 6 MS Dhoni (WK) 7 Hardik Pandya 8 Mohammed Shami 9 Kuldeep Yadav 10 Yuzvendra Chahal 11 Jasprit Bumrah
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