England, who have sustained two consecutive defeats will look to bounce back in a must-win clash against India on June 30 (Sunday) at Edgbaston in Birmingham. While the host will look to keep their hopes alive in the tournament, the Men in Blues will want to seal the semifinal berth.
India will mull over their shaky middle-order that has come up in the last two games after an excellent start to the World Cup. Virat Kohli & Co will want to fix those problems before going into the business end of the tournament. The likes of MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav have failed to dominate over the spinners and will look to come out stronger. Moreover, India has brought in young Rishabh Pant in place of Vijay Shankar who has a toe niggle to strengthen their batting. But the bowlers have stood up to have the back of the batters in the last two matches. Mohammed Shami, especially, has been in outstanding form and will look to carry on with the form in place of injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
On the other hand, England have missed their opener Jason Roy badly in the last few games who was due to a hamstring pull. James Vince, who stepped up in his place has failed miserably which has hurt their batting combination and put pressure on the middle order. With Roy back in the scheme of things, England will hope to play the cricket they have been playing in the last few years against India. While Roy’s introduction lessens some of the worries, Jofra Archer‘s side strain will keep the management on their toes. They will be desperate to field Archer who is scintillating form in the Worl Cup.
Date and Venue: India vs England, June 30 (Sunday) at 3:00 PM IST, at Edgbaston in Birmingham
England skipper Eoin Morgan has won the toss and elected to bat first against India at Edgbaston.
Here is what the captains said,
Never a problem, love chasing. But honestly, would have batted first as well. We haven’t chased after the first game, so it’s a good challenge for us. We might have looked to do that in the last couple of games anyway. We haven’t really focused on the opposition till now in the tournament. We’ve been finding ways to win games, that’s the biggest positive for us. Vijay Shankar has a bit of a toe niggle, Rishabh Pant comes in for him. We’ve all seen what he can do with the bat. He’ll bring a lot of flair and fearlessness, once he gets going, he’s difficult to stop. There’s one short boundary as well. Crunch result on the outside as well, so I’m sure the fans of the Pakistan team will be supporting us today!
It’s a matter of two games, hopefully, we’ll win the two games and go through. Tough challenge against India. (Plunkett inclusion) is more tactical. The wicket looks good, doesn’t look like it’ll turn much. (Jason Roy) is not a big risk. He’s trained well and he’s fit to play. It is a test of our character. We spoke as a group, rejigged and reset what we’re trying to do
India: Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood