Date & Time: Sunday, June 30, 15:00 IST
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England
A clash of the pre tournament favorites
The top 2 teams of the ICC Men’s ODI team rankings are all set to face off against each other in one of the most anticipated games in the tournament. India are the only unbeaten team so far in the World Cup 2019. England, however, have shockingly suffered 3 defeats so far and are put under even more pressure thanks to Pakistan’s win over Afghanistan yesterday. If England win both their remaining games, they will qualify for semi finals irrespective of other results.
India are likely to remain unchanged after skipper Virat Kohli backed Vijay Shankar in a press conference yesterday. Jason Roy is all set to return for England replacing James Vince. Liam Plunkett will come in to the scheme of things if Jofra Archer is declared unfit.
The big news is that there is no rain forecast for the match. The last couple of matches here have been on the low scoring spectrum with scores of 240-260 were scored and we can expect another similar wicket today. India has 5-0 winning record in this venue since 2013 in ODIs
Virat Kohli has not scored a century in a tournament where 19 centuries were scored! However his last 4 scores were 82, 77, 67 and 72. His record at this venue read Inn – 5, Not outs – 4, Runs – 243, Average – 243, Strike Rate – 115.71 ICC Champions Trophy 2013 final was the only time he got out in ODI cricket at this venue but he was the highest run scorer in that match too.
Mohammad Shami had a dream return to Indian ODI set up in 2019 having picked up 27 wickets in 13 matches at an average of 20.66. Also, he has been one consistent wicket taker whenever it comes to the World Cup and is one of the top 5 leading wicket takers for India in World Cup history. His figures in the tournament read Inn – 9, wickets – 25, average – 14, economy – 4.53, strike rate – 18.5
England’s leading run scorer in the tournament has an average of 72 and has scored six 50+ scores in his last 8 ODI matches. He averages 57 against India which is almost 6 runs better per innings than his career average and well could be the difference between these 2 sides today.