In the 29th match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, the two-time World Cup winner, India will take on defending champions, England, tomorrow, October 29, at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow at 2 PM IST.
Rohit Sharma and his team have an unblemished record in the event so far. In each match, the side’s combined ability has been breathtaking to witness. While skipper Sharma and Virat Kohli are doing wonders with the bat, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami have been outstanding with the ball. It’s all working in favour of Team India. Moving ahead, Team India would like themselves to face some tough challenges, one of which is to bat first. In every match that India have played so far, the side has batted second and clinched the game comprehensively. The Men in Blue would also want the likes of Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, and Shubman Gill to bat longer while Kuldeep Yadav also looks for redemption in this match after getting belted in the previous one against New Zealand. A win tomorrow and India will be one step ahead to seal the first spot in the standings.
On the other hand, England’s misery continues following losses to Afghanistan, South Africa, and Sri Lanka in their previous encounters. The chances of the defending champions to reclaim the World Cup are dwindling following four losses in five games. While openers, Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan are decent at the start, none of the middle-order batters are playing well enough to take the innings forward. Ben Stokes was the only batter in the last game who showed some excellent form. With the ball as well, the team will aim to be better with the likes of Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, and others. England is in a do-or-die scenario, with any additional defeat effectively ending their World Cup hopes.
In the history of the ODI format, India and England have played 106 matches against each other. India won 57 whereas the Englishmen triumphed on 44 occasions. One match also ended in a tie.
In the 50-over World Cup, both played each other eight times. Of these matches, the Men in Blue have prevailed in three, England have clinched wins four times, and one concluded in a tie.
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