In the fourth warm-up game in the build-up to the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023, the hosts will take on the defending champions at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati.
This match holds a lot of importance for both teams, as before playing in the main tournament, these teams will face some equal competition, which will help them prepare well for the league stage of the World Cup. The top bookmakers in India have WC odds with them.
India and England both have a very good squad, and both teams know how to bring their A game in a tournament like this. This warm-up game will test both the team’s patience and the ability to handle the pressure against a competitive team.
Having already scored five ODI centuries this year, Gill looks all set to light up the World Cup with his bat this year.
The betting tip is...
Shubhman Gill will score 50
The hosts are clearly looking like the favorites going into the 2023 World Cup. In home conditions, it is almost an impossible task to beat the Men in Blue, and with the kind of form the Indian players are in, the third ICC ODI World Cup trophy does not seem too far. The Indian combination is most likely to be five specialist batters, an all-rounder in Hardik Pandya, two spinners, two fast bowlers, and a spinner or a pacer depending on the conditions.
There are two main questions to be answered: who will be the batter at number four, Shreyas Iyer or Ishan Kishan, and who will be the third pacer, Mohammad Shami or Shardul Thakur?
Predicted Lineup: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubhman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami/Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammad Siraj
The titleholders appear to be quite strong and in good form to defend their title, this time in India. Jos Buttler, a swashbuckling batter, will lead the English team, which includes a great mix of young and experienced players.
England will largely miss the services of their last World Cup's hero and ace pacer, Jofra Archer. Mark Wood and Reece Topley are two very good fast bowlers in the team who are anticipated to be the most feared bowlers in the World Cup.
Harry Brook is going to bring the x-factor into the team that was included in the squad at the very last moment.
Predicted Lineup: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (c, wk), Liam Livingstone/Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, and Reece Topley
This warm-up game will be played in Guwahati, where the pitch is as flat as it can get and is a nightmare for the bowlers. This implies that whatever happens, we are surely going to have a run-fest in the warm-up match between India and England.
The Indians look in better shape with their star opener Gill in the form of life. Apart from that Rohit and Kohli are also in super nick. Hence we think they will outshine the English team in this warm-up match on Saturday.