The two teams that were termed the prime favorites to win this tournament before it started three weeks ago will be going head-to-head against each other at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow in the World Cup 2023.
Even though both of them were the favorites, both of their campaigns turned out very differently after the conclusion of the first half of the tournament. The top bookmakers in India have World Cup odds with them.
The men in blue and the hosts are on top of things with five out of five wins and already have one foot in the knockouts. The three Lions and the defending champions, on the other hand, are struggling at the bottom of the table with just one win out of four games and have already suffered a big upset. The match will be played on Sunday, October 29, 2023.
Bumrah has been sensational with the white ball in his hand in the tournament, being in the second position on the highest wicket-takers list.
The betting tip is...
Jasprit Bumrah to take 2.5+ wickets
In the previous match against New Zealand, the bowlers once again did a commendable job and ensured India was not chasing an above-par target.
Mohammad Shami, who was brought into the team, led the attack with a fifer, and it would be very difficult to leave him out even if that meant India going in with a batter short.
Rohit again gave a phenomenal start, and Kohli chased another target for fun. Jadeja also spent some time in the middle and now has game practice.
Hardik Pandya is likely to be back for this match in place of Suryakumar Yadav after recovering from his injury.
Predicted Lineup: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammad Siraj
Except for Dawid Malan, no other English batter has had a good tournament till now, and that is probably the reason they are struggling in the ninth position. Jos Buttler would like his batters to contribute more and step up himself as well.
Their best bowler, Reece Topley, has been ruled out of the tournament, and Brydon Carse has replaced him in the squad. He will be joining the pace attack with Mark Wood and hoping to turn the tables for his team.
At the Ekana Stadium, England would be tempted to bring in another specialized spinner in place of David Willey.
Predicted Lineup: Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (c, wk), Moeen Ali, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, Brydon Carse, and Gus Atkinson
When it comes to having the upper hand, it's a no-brainer that India will step onto the field as the favourite. Yet, in the whimsical world of cricket, predictions can often be futile, especially when England is in the mix.
However, hypothetically speaking, this is a must-win game for England, given their recent string of losses, if they intend to make it to the semi-finals.
The pitch is expected to favor the spinners, leaning towards the slower side. This could spell trouble for the English batsmen, as they face off against the formidable Indian bowling attack. How they handle this challenge will undoubtedly determine the fate of this match.
One can't help but look forward to the thrilling showdown between the England middle order and the two Indian spinners during the middle overs. We expect India to win this game