England v India, Cricket World Cup Preview

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England clash with India in the Cricket World Cup at Edgbaston on Sunday and the host nation come into the game with their hopes of making the semi finals hanging in the balance.

England:

England lost to Australia by 64 runs at Lords on Tuesday, a second successive defeat and a third overall which puts their semi final place under significant threat. They have this game and Wednesday’s meeting with New Zealand to come and they probably need to win both of them.

England put Australia in to bat at Lords but they didn’t make it pay as Warner and Finch put on 123 for the first wicket. England did pull things back with the Australian innings eventually closing on 285/7 with Woakes (2/46) the top bowler.

At the interval England were still favourites in the “in play” markets but they failed in the chase, losing their first 4 wickets with just 53 runs on the board. Ben Stokes offered hope but when he fell for a top score of 89 England’s chances of victory went with him.

Earlier results include a 104 run win against South Africa, a 14 run defeat to Pakistan, a 106 run win over Bangladesh, an 8 wicket victory over West Indies, a 150 run demolition of Afghanistan and a 20 run shock defeat to Sri Lanka..

Joe Root is leading run scorer for England with 432, Ben Stokes has 291 and Eoin Morgan has 274. Jofra Archer is leading wicket taker with 16, Mark Wood has 13 and Adil Rashid and Chris Woakes have 7.

This was how England lined up against Australia last time out.

James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood

India:

This is the first of 3 remaining matches for India who were in action against West Indies in Manchester on Thursday, a game they won comfortably by a 125 run margin. India now have a record of 5 wins and 1 no result and they are the only unbeaten side in the tournament.

Batting first against the Windies India posted 268/8 with the top scores coming from Kohli (72) and MS Dhoni (56 not out). West Indies were never really in the chase and Shami returned figures of 4/16 in his 6.2 overs and Bumrah 2/9 from his 6 overs as Windies were bowled out for 143.

After this India will take on Bangladesh on Tuesday of next week and their final round robin match comes against Sri Lanka on the Saturday.

Earlier results saw India beat South Africa by 6 wickets, Australia by 36 runs, a scheduled meeting with New Zealand was completely washed out and they beat Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS) and Afghanistan by 11 runs.

Rohit Sharma is leading run scorer for India with 338, Virat Kohli has 316 and Lokesh Rahul has made 172. With the ball Chahal has taken 10 wickets whilst Bumrah has 9 and Shami has 8.

This was how India lined up against West Indies last time out.

Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (capt), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

Head to Head

The teams have met 99 times with England winning 41, India have won 53 with 2 ties and 3 no results.

The most recent series between these teams came in England in July last year and England recovered from losing the first match to win the series 2-1.

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England evens

India 17/20

Note prices quoted are correct at the time of publication but are subject to change.

Verdict:

This really is a must win game for England and their problems when chasing have to be a cause for concern. Meanwhile India will fancy the prospect of delivering a potential knockout blow to one of their main rivals so it promises to be a gripping match.

England’s team news will be worth monitoring as some key players are reportedly nursing knocks and Jason Roy is in a race against time to recover from injury that has kept him out of action recently.

The betting interest comes in the shape of Joe Root to be top England batsman. Root fell early against Australia but he is England’s leading run scorer by some distance and every ounce of his craft will be required here.

Suggested Bets:

Top England bat Joe Root at 28/10

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