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India vs England – A Pre-Match Analysis

India’s batting may not have lived upto its expectations in the last two games, but still India are the only unbeaten team in this Cricket World Cup 2019, courtesy of a team performance.

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Even though there are individual stars, India is playing and winning as a team, which is why England needs to be wary.

England have lost two consecutive games on the trot against Sri Lanka and Australia, and have shown their vulnerability having lost all three games chasing.

India will most likely try to bank on this vulnerability, and make qualification just that little bit more difficult for the hosts.

England need to win this match to stay in 4th place, and ensure that they keep matters within their own hands. Historically though, England have never beaten India in a World Cup match and will have create history if the favourites are to reach the final four.

In this article we will compare the key players and match ups from both sides.

OPENING PAIR COMPARISON
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma are still getting used to, with Sharma getting out for cheap in the last two games.

However, if the match against Pakistan is any indicator, then both can play in tandem together.

They will no doubt require more time together and will get used to each other’s style of play as they get more acquainted with each other.

England have more or less the same problem, with the injury caused to Jason Roy. James Vince and Jonny Bairstow have to bear the responsibility of scoring the runs at the top of the order and set up a solid platform for the middle order to capitalize on.

This strategy has held them in good stead, but England need to be a little more flexible in their strategy and mindset, if they are to win this all important match.

The middle Order of India is heavily dependent on Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. If these two get out early, then the inexperienced middle order exposes itself.

Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya are all good players, but when Kohli and Dhoni fail, will they be able to stand up and deliver? All three players are however handy with the ball, but when the time comes to bat, can the middle order withstand the fast bowling pressure of England?

England on the other hand have an experienced middle order core, who have played together for the last couple years now.

Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler form the formidable four of England’s middle order. Joe Root has been in fine form this Tournament.

Morgan would have liked to carry on his form with the bat after his magnificent 148 against Afghanistan. Ben Stokes has played magnificently in the last couple of games, and all Buttler need is 3 overs to destroy an opposition.

The middle order hasn’t scored in the last two games, failing to chase scores under 300.

If they are to win against India, England need these four players to be at their absolute best.

BOWLERS COMPARISON

India have the best bowling average in this world, with all bowlers chipping in with wickets. As they say “Batting wins your matches. Bowling wins you tournaments”.

Jasprit Bumrah, Mohamed Shami, Bhuvneswar Kumar are the three pacemen who lead the line with the new ball and at the death.

Shami having finally been drafted into the playing eleven showed his class in the last two games. In the middle orders they can rely on the medium pace of Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar.

In the spin department, they have Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Kedar Jadhav, making India one of the strongest and most diverse bowling attacks in the tournament.

England have considerable bowling depth of their own. Mark Wood, Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer are the three frontline bowlers.

All three bowl with pace ranging in the high 140’s. They have played together for quite some time, while Archer has had played in the IPL, the experience of which might prove to be handy for England.

In the middle overs, they can rely on the medium pace of Ben Stokes and the spin of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali.

The spin duo have the most wickets since the 2017 Champions Trophy, only behind Chahal and Kuldeep.

England have to get back to their fearsome best if they are to keep their semi-final hopes alive. Our prediction is that England has higher chance to win, however we cheer for our own India. Keep going!

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