The much-awaited matchup between India and England at the 2023 ODI World Cup is finally here. While the indomitable hosts, India, continue to dominate with an undefeated streak, the defending champions, England, are facing unexpected challenges. This game is not just any ordinary match, it's a monumental clash of legacy, pride, and strategy, generating palpable excitement among cricket enthusiasts.
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Match Preview: India vs England, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 29th Match
ICC World Cup • 29 Oct, 2023 • 4,106 Views • ⭐ 5.0
Written by Anand Swami
The Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow has a rich history of being advantageous for spinners. The records and past performances at this venue tell tales of spinners weaving magic. However, this World Cup has showcased a deviation from the norm, with the pitch offering a level playing field for both pacers and spinners. The recent ODIs further cemented the fact, as the teams batting second consistently clinched the games, underscoring the vital role bowlers play in determining the game's dynamics.
The economy rates — spinners at 4.79 and seamers at 5.63 — further substantiate the pitch's duality. Local fans, who've traditionally enjoyed watching spinners dominate at this venue, are now treated to a mix of both spin and pace, making each match a spectacle.
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Form Guide - India
India's journey in this World Cup has been nothing short of phenomenal. With an enviable streak of WWWWW, they've maintained a pristine record, standing as the tournament's only unbeaten team. Their most recent victory against New Zealand, a team that often posed challenges for them in major ICC tournaments, speaks volumes about their form. The top order, especially Rohit Sharma, has been setting the stage with explosive starts, with his strike rate of 134.01 during the powerplays. Coupled with Jasprit Bumrah's miserly spells, conceding at an economy of just 2.90 in the initial overs, India looks poised and in full throttle.
Form Guide - England
England's path to this World Cup has been tumultuous, to say the least. Their sequence of results, reading LLLWL, delineates their oscillating form. The sole win amidst four losses encapsulates the challenges they've faced. Various permutations and combinations, even to the extent of playing every individual from the 15-member squad, and the unexpected decision of benching their vice-captain for three matches, underscore their quest for stability. Their position, precariously close to the bottom of the points table, has turned the upcoming match into a potential turning point, with significant repercussions for their campaign.
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Mohammed Siraj's run leading up to the World Cup was on an upward curve, with him bagging a commendable 30 wickets in just 14 matches in 2023. However, the tournament has been a different ball game for him, demanding a return to form. On the other side, England's batting dynamo, Jos Buttler, started with a bang, scoring a brisk 43 against New Zealand. But his subsequent scores — 20, 9, 15, and 8 — indicate a period of lull, sparking debates on his form and resilience.
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India's team dynamics have been affected by the absence of Hardik Pandya, who is sidelined due to an ankle injury. This situation has forced them to field just five primary bowlers. Furthermore, while India is contemplating the option of bringing in R Ashwin, this move would mean they'd have three spinners in the lineup, leaving them with just two seamers. It's anticipated that, despite these considerations, India might go ahead with an unchanged XI.
England is reassessing their strategies ahead of this pivotal match. There's a likelihood of seeing Harry Brook in the lineup, potentially replacing Moeen Ali. This decision is underpinned by the fact that India's top six don't feature a left-handed batter, which diminishes the strategic importance of Moeen's off-spin. Additionally, England might consider bringing in Gus Atkinson in place of Mark Wood. These potential changes in the English camp indicate a tactical recalibration as they seek to turn their fortunes in the tournament.
Pitch and Weather Report
The upcoming cricket match at Ekana Cricket Stadium promises to be an exciting contest. The red-soil pitch, dotted with tufts of grass, is expected to assist the seam bowlers. Fortunately, the weather forecast is promising a rain-free day with temperatures expected to touch 31°C before gradually declining as the day progresses, making the conditions more comfortable for players in the latter half. A moderate humidity level of around 43% combined with a gentle 8 km/h breeze might provide the swing bowlers with extra assistance. Although historically spin-friendly, the pitch's current nature suggests a more level playing field, setting the stage for an exhilarating face-off between the bat and the ball.
India (Probable): Virat Kohli, KL Rahul (wk), Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma (capt), Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Shubman Gill
England (Probable): Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, Jos Buttler (capt, wk), Harry Brook, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Gus Atkinson, Adil Rashid
The 29th match of the World Cup 2023, featuring India against England, will be aired live on the Star Sports network, available in various languages. To those in India who want to watch the match live, you can stream it on the Disney+ Hotstar app and website. The game will be held at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow on Sunday, October 29, starting at 2 pm IST/8:30 am GMT.
This match is of utmost importance as both India and England have a lot at stake. India hopes to maintain their reputation as the dominant force while England aims to reignite their champion's spirit and save their hopes for the tournament. Every move and decision made by the teams will be scrutinized by fans worldwide, making this game a memorable one for the cricketing world.
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