The journey to India’s (IND) third World Cup title commences on September 30th with a riveting warm-up match against defending champions England (ENG) at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati. India, led by Rohit Sharma, enters this encounter fresh from a triumphant three-match ODI series against Australia. Despite their recent success, there are areas of concern that the team needs to address.
In recent times, the Indian team has struggled against top-notch pace attacks, a trend exemplified in the third ODI against Australia. Additionally, they’ve had their share of difficulties against spinners. Hence, there is ample room for improvement in the batting department.
The bowlers are likely to face a stern test as England is known for its aggressive brand of cricket. India’s selection conundrum revolves around the choice between Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Shami, while Ravichandran Ashwin’s impact against a formidable opponent will be closely monitored. England, boasting multiple match-winners, has relatively few concerns in its lineup.
Match: India vs. England, 4th ODI Match, ODI World Cup warm-up game
Date & Time: Saturday, September 30, 2:00 PM IST
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar app and website
Barsapara Cricket Stadium Pitch Insights: The Barsapara Cricket Stadium pitch in Guwahati is expected to favor batsmen. Pacers may find some assistance under the lights, making batting first an ideal choice. Overall, a high-scoring contest is anticipated.
- Matches: 106
- India: 57
- England: 44
- Tied: 2
- NR: 3
England Squad: Dawid Malan, Harry Brook, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w/c), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Liam Livingstone, David Willey, Reece Topley, Gus Atkinson
India Squad: Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur
Probable Best Performers:
Probable Best Batter:
- Shubman Gill (India): Young sensation Shubman Gill is in sensational form in ODI cricket and aims to maintain his momentum. He is the highest run-scorer in the 2023 calendar year and was named Player of the Series against Australia. Keep an eye on his performance against England.
Probable Best Bowler:
- Mark Wood (England): Pacer extraordinaire Mark Wood has been a thorn in India’s side with his blistering pace. He’ll be looking to replicate his success when these two teams clash. So far, Wood has featured in 59 ODI matches, amassing 71 wickets.
Today’s Match Prediction: India to win the match
Stay tuned for what promises to be a thrilling encounter as India sets its sights on World Cup glory!
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