Rohit Sharma’s team comes into this match on the back of five successive wins in the World Cup. Meanwhile, England has been struggling in their title defence, having lost four of their opening five matches.
A win against England would guarantee India a spot in the semi-finals, while the 2019 champions will be looking to turn their fortunes and go on a winning streak in the rest of the tournament. England will now need to win all their remaining matches to stay in the hunt for a knockout spot.
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- India to take on England in Lucknow on Sunday
- India have won all their 5 matches in CWC 2023
- England are placed 9th in the World Cup points table
While India’s 2023 World Cup campaign has been near flawless, they were hit by the injury of all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who provides crucial balance to the side. Pandya picked up an ankle injury against Bangladesh and could miss the entire group-stage in the ongoing World Cup.
In his absence, India have put their trust in Suryakumar Yadav, who fell prey to an unfortunate run-out on his ODI World Cup debut against New Zealand. However, the top-ranked T20I batter in the world would raraing to go and repay the faith put in him by the team management.
The game could also witness superstar batter Virat Kohli go level with the legendary Sachin Tendulkar in terms of ODI centuries. The 34-year-old is just one ton short of Tendulkar’s all-time record (49) and came close to leveling it against New Zealand in Dharamsala.
India might also opt to bring in the vastly experienced Ravichandran Ashwin as the third spin-bowling option against England in Lucknow, given the spin-friendly conditions.
On the other hand, England will be hoping that their highly-rated batting order can fire against the hosts and kick some life into their dismal 2023 World Cup campaign. Known for their ruthlessly aggressive style, England will have to be at their best to take India down in spin-friendly conditions in Lucknow.
The likes of Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook have been struggling in conditions familiar to them due to their association with the Indian Premier League. Additionally, their bowling attack has also been lackluster, with Mark Wood underperforming and Reece Topley being ruled out of the tournament after picking up an injury.
The much-anticipated match between India and England is all set to be played on the same pitch where Australia beat Sri Lanka. This pitch is made of a mixture of red and black soil with a little bit of grass on top, which could assist the spinners.
While India could bring in Ashwin to aid Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja, England will have to bank on the experience of spin duo Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid to challenge the in-form Indian batters in Lucknow. The defending champions would be looking to throw the kitchen sink at the 2023 World Cup hosts in a must-win game for them.
India: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya.
England: Jos Buttler (C/WK), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes, Brydon Carse, David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes.