England are favorites to win
Hosts and pre-tournament favourites England need to beat India at Edgbaston to keep their bid for a Cricket World Cup semi-final place on track. The must-win match is scheduled for June 30 and the live action begins at 10:30 local time.
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Eoin Morgan’s decision to bowl first last time out did not pay off, but Edgbaston has so far been suited to bowling – the Irishman must be bold if he wins the toss and elect to field first again.
Birmingham should be completely dry for Sunday’s match, with only a little cloud cover and warm conditions.
Edgbaston has served up a sticky wicket so far, favouring the bowlers. While the outfield will speed up in the dry weather, the wicket should still be one well suited to the bowlers – particularly the spinners.
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After back-to-back defeats, England have some key selection decisions to make. Jason Roy was back in the nets ahead of the Australia match but just missed out on selection – the opener could slot back in for James Vince this time. Elsewhere, Liam Plunkett was overlooked again for that game but his swing bowling may be called upon – if so, Mark Wood could miss out. Liam Dawson and Tom Curran are other options, but they may have to remain patient – even if Moeen Ali has been relegated down the batting order.
Joe Root was England’s star man when they last met India, scoring back-to-back centuries to lead them to series success, and the Yorkshireman is their top-scorer in this tournament so far too – hitting two hundreds and three 50s on his way to 432 runs.
Ben Stokes is their second-top scorer, having been fighting a lonely cause in the last two matches. He scored 82* in the defeat to Sri Lanka and 89 against Australia. He now needs those above him in the order to start laying better platforms for him to build from. Roy’s return could be key, having smashed 215 runs in his three innings so far. Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler both have centuries to their name in this tournament too.
With the ball, Jofra Archer has 16 wickets so far with his raw pace and bounce and Mark Wood has weighed in with 13. If England opt for an extra swing option, however, that will bring Liam Plunkett back into contention and also Chris Woakes – the latter took 2-46 last time out.
Edgbaston has taken spin too, and Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid have been consistent sources of wickets for England during their rise to the top of the ICC World ODI rankings.
England have lost three of their seven matches so far, following their back-to-back defeats against Sri Lanka and Australia. They restricted Sri Lanka to just 232/9 in the first game, but Joe Root’s 57 and Ben Stokes’ unbeaten 82 could not compensate for a batting collapse that saw them fall to 212 all out.
Next up, against Australia, England pulled it back well as the Aussies fell from 173/1 to 259/7 and eventually posted 285/7. In reply, however, England could only muster 221 all out despite Ben Stokes’ 89.
They have now not won since a comprehensive 150-run win against Afghanistan, when captain Eoin Morgan smashed a world record 17 sixes in his 148 to lead England to 397/6/.
Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer
Mohammed Shami has seized his opportunity with Bhuvneshwar Kumar injured, bowling superbly in his two matches so far and ensuring he should be undroppable even when Kumar returns to fitness. After a couple of unconvincing scores in their last two matches, there have been some calls for Rishabh Pant to start for India. If he were to play, it would be in place of Vijay Shankar of Kedar Jadhav.
Virat Kohli made it four half-centuries in a row when he top-scored with 72 in India’s win against West Indies. Kohli’s last four innings have now brought 82, 77, 67 and 72 and lifted his ODI average to 59.67.
Kohli is the number one ODI batsman in the world and team-mate Rohit Sharma is second. Though he has fallen short in the last two matches, Sharma started this World Cup with two hundreds, either side of a half-century, and remains India’s top scorer after five innings.
MS Dhoni got his first chance to shine with the bat last time out too, hitting 56 and helping India accelerate towards the end of the innings in a useful partnership with Hardik Pandya.
India’s bowling has been key to their last two wins, meanwhile. Mohammed Shami has taken 4-40 and 4-16 in his two appearances so far, while world number one bowler Jasprit Bumrah took 2-9 last time out.
If the pitch spins again this time, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will also be key. Chahal is their leading wicket-taker so far, with ten from five games – one more than Bumrah.
India have won all five completed matches so far, with only the rain – which forced the cancellation of their match with New Zealand – denying them maximum points.
Since that rained-off match, India have thrashed Pakistan, with Rohit Sharma smashing 140, and then defended 224/8 thanks to Mohammed Shami’s four wickets to beat Afghanistan by 11 runs.
Last time out, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni scored half-centuries as India scored 268/7 against West Indies. Shami then took another four wickets as India ripped through the West Indian batting to win by 125 runs.
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Joe Root was England’s hero as they came from behind to beat India 2-1 when they last met in an ODI series last summer. Root scored centuries in each of the last two matches, sharing big partnerships with captain Eoin Morgan both times, as England bounced back from a Kuldeep Yadav-inspired defeat in the first game.
India still have the edge overall, however. This will be the 100th ODI between the two nations and India have won 53 of the previous 99. England now have 41 wins, while there have been two ties and three no results.
|Matches Played||ENG Won||IND Won||Tie||No Result|
India are in better form than England and are favourites as a result, but the hosts need a win and the ‘wounded animal’ effect could come into it. England could be worth backing as outsiders.
Joe Root and Virat Kohli to both score 50 is worth 4.00 with Betway’s #betyourway.
If it is the big-hitting openers who take centre-stage, however, Jason Roy & Rohit Sharma to both be their team’s top batsman is 12.00.
On his home ground, Chris Woakes is 9.50 to be England’s top team bowler and England to win the match.
After leading England to their series win against India, Joe Root is 7.00 to be top team batsman in an England win.
England and India’s best players come at a big price, so it is important to hunt out the bargains where you can.
There are a choice of five wicket-keepers for this game, but with Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik yet to play it is really only three. England’s Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler are both nine credits, while MS Dhoni is 8.5. The Indian hit a half-century last time out and could be worth selecting.
Despite their cost, it is hard to back against Joe Root, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma all having a big impact on this game. All three can be fitted in, while fit-again Jason Roy is also worth selecting at nine credits.
Ben Stokes is in superb form, but the all-rounders may be where you can save a few credits. The pitch is expected to spin, so Moeen Ali could be a key factor and worth picking at eight credits.
Chris Woakes has been in good bowling form, and Edgbaston – his home ground – has been good for the swing bowlers. Likewise, if the pitch spins, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adil Rashid and Kuldeep Yadav could prove profitable picks. Mohammed Shami’s excellent form makes him a must-pick at 8.5 credits too. It is a gamble to overlook Jofra Archer and Jasprit Bumrah, but it could well pay off.
Joe Root was the match-winner when these teams last met and has been in good run-scoring form at this tournament too. He is a solid choice for captain, while Virat Kohli is an alternative after his consistency – and four half-centuries.
|BATSMEN||ALL ROUNDER||WICKET KEEPER||BOWLER|
|Joe Root (c)||Moeen Ali||MS Dhoni||Mohammed Shami|
|Virat Kohli (vc)||Chris Woakes|
|Rohit Sharma||Yuzvendra Chahal|
|Jason Roy||Kuldeep Yadav|
England now cannot afford any more slip-ups if they are to secure a place in the World Cup 2019 semi-finals and a win against India – who they beat last summer - could ease some pressure.
England to beat India at 2.00 with Bet365, 1.97 with Betrally and 1.90 with Betway.
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