Lucknow: India vs England in the ICC One Day Cricket World Cup series today at 2 PM in a league match at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow.
The Rohit Sharma-led Indian team has won all 5 matches and is at the 2nd position in the points table with 10 points. After successfully chasing the target in the league matches against Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and New Zealand, the unbeaten Indian team is once again on the verge of showing top-level performance.
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul are in good form in batting. Virat Kohli, who is chasing 354 runs, and Rohit Sharma, who has accumulated 311 runs, may once again be chasing runs. Jasprit Bumrah, who has taken 11 wickets in bowling, and Kuldeep Yadav, who has taken 8 wickets, are ready to put pressure on the England batsmen.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya is out due to injury and Ravichandran Ashwin is likely to take his place today. Because the Lucknow pitch is considered to favor spin. Due to this, the Indian team has a chance to field with 3 spinners. Similarly Mohammad Siraj may be out. Because Mohammad Shami, who took 5 wickets in the match against New Zealand, is expected to be given a chance.
Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav are likely to focus on scoring big runs in the batting. Shreyas Iyer has scored only 130 runs in 5 matches in the current series. Suryakumar Yadav, who was fielded for the first time in the last game, was run out for 2 runs and was disappointing.
England, the defending champion, is playing badly this time. The team has won only one game in 5 matches. This victory was also achieved against the Bangladesh team. England, who started the series badly after losing to New Zealand, shocked the fans by falling to Afghanistan.
The England team could not avoid defeat in the match against South Africa and Sri Lanka. In this match against Sri Lanka, the England team was bowled out in 33.2 overs. In white ball cricket, the performance of the England team, which has been amassing victories for the past 4 years with an aggressive batting approach, has not slowed down on the Indian pitches.
Reigning champions England have now missed out on a semi-final opportunity as they failed to adapt effectively to Indian conditions. World class batsmen like David Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Harry Brook, Liam Livingston and Moeen Ali were in the team but they did not show any cohesiveness.
Among them, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali have the experience of playing in the IPL series on Indian pitches. However, their stumbling to add runs has affected the team’s overall performance. Ben Stokes, who has recovered from injury, scored a half-century against Sri Lanka. However, that did not help change the team’s situation.
The England team did not make any impact on the bowling either. Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Gus Atkinson, Sam Karan did not live up to the expectations of the team management. Adil Rashid’s spin is disappointing. Aside from that, Reece is sidelined with a back injury. He may be given a chance to replace Brayden Kars, who has been included. England can try to win today’s game only if they show better performance in all areas.
Even if the England team wins all the remaining 3 league games including today’s game, they can reach a maximum of 10 points. The top 4 teams are already strong.
This means that England’s chances of advancing to the semi-finals are slim. Meanwhile, if the England team loses in today’s match, it will be certain to leave the series.
Goalie to equalize?: Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar tops the list of highest scorers in ODIs with 49 centuries. Virat Kohli needs only one hundred to equal his feat. Virat Kohli, who was dismissed for 95 runs against New Zealand, is expected to equal Sachin Tendulkar’s record by scoring a century against England today.
It’s been 20 years…: India’s last World Cup win against England was in 2003. After that, the match between the two teams ended in a tie in the 2011 series. In the 2019 World Cup series, the Indian team lost by 31 runs.