MATCH ANALYSIS IN BRIEF
|Date||Sunday 29th October, 2023 at 13:00 (IST) and at 08:30 (UK)|
|Venue||India vs. England will take place at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow, India|
|Weather||Conditions are expected to be very sunny and hot come the start of play, with temperatures at 30c, although they should drop later in the day as the sun sets and light winds remain.|
|TV & Streaming||Viewers in India: you can watch this match live on Star Sports channels or stream it via the Disney+ Hotstar app.|
|Viewers in Pakistan: you can watch this match live on both PTV Sports and A-Sports or stream it through the PTVFLIX App.|
|Viewers in Sri Lanka: you can watch this match live on Maharaja TV or stream it on Sirasatv. Lk.|
|Viewers in Afghanistan: you can watch this match live you on Ariana TV.|
|Viewers in Bangladesh: you can watch it on Gazi TV or stream it through Rabbithole.|
|Viewers in the UK: you can watch this match live on Sky Sports or stream it via the Sky Go App.|
|Viewers in Australia: you can watch this match live on Fox Sports or stream it via the Foxtel or Kayo Sports app.|
|Viewers in South Africa: you can watch this match on SuperSport channels or stream it via the SuperSport app.|
|Viewers in the USA and Canada: you can watch this match live on Willow TV, whilst viewers from the USA can also stream it via the ESPN+ app.|
KEY BETTING STATS
- India has won all five of their 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup group stage matches played so far – To Win the Match.
- Virat Kohli has scored 50+ runs in four of India’s five 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup matches played so far – Batter Milestones
- .Joe Root has scored under 27.5 runs in each of England’s last three 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup matches – Batter Match Runs
BETTING ANALYSIS For INDIA
Following their four-wicket win over New Zealand, India is now the only nation remaining in the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup to have won all their group-stage matches. They overcame the Black Caps without all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who has damaged a ligament on his ankle and will also miss this match.
India utilised an extra specialist bowler against New Zealand in Hardik’s absence, bringing in Mohammed Shami and the right-arm-pacer couldn’t have made a better impact, recording figures of 5/54. Such a showing will proven a huge confidence booster for Shami and it would be no surprise to see him enjoy further success against an under-performing England batting unit. Back Shami to take over 1.5 wickets (1.83) and those investors looking for a riskier bet that offers a higher return can back Shami to pick up 3+ wickets (3.75) via the ‘Bowler Milestones’ market.
When it comes to the India batters, we simply must hone in on the ODI master that is Virat Kohli. The only player to average over 100 across this World Cup so far, Kohli has accumulated 354 runs as it stands with scores of 95, 103 (not out), 16, 55 (not out) and 85. Regardless of whether India are setting or chasing a target, expect Kohli to be among the runs once again and back him to finish as India’s top batter (4.00). Also consider backing Kohli to score 70+ runs (3.00) for the fourth time in this group stage.
BETTING ANALYSIS For ENGLAND
The reigning champions’ latest World Cup humiliation came at the hands of Sri Lanka, who continued their excellent record against England in World Cup cricket. The eight-wicket defeat on Thursday which saw England bowled out for just 156 batting first has all but ended their hopes of reaching the semi-finals. More changes could be made in a bid to spark an upturn in fortunes, with batter Harry Brook and all-rounder Sam Curran two players who could be recalled.
Aside from against Bangladesh, England’s batters have let themselves down throughout the tournament with many of them out of form. Against a formidable Indian pace-bowling attack, England could well find themselves losing early wickets again, so back them to put on under 28.5 runs (1.90) for the first wicket via the ‘Team – Opening Partnership Total’ market.
Only one hundred as it stands has been scored by an England batter across the group stage, that being Dawid Malan’s 140 against Bangladesh. With that in mind, bettors can back them not to score a hundred in this contest (1.25), when taking into account that India are a far superior opponent to Bangladesh and confidence within the England camp is at an all-time low.
If England are to pull off an upset, they’ll need leg-spin bowler Adil Rashid to match the Indian spinners and produce some magic here in Lucknow. Rashid is certainly capable and could benefit from India’s batters looking to target his slower bowling. Therefore, invest a small stake in Rashid to take over 1.5 wickets (2.50).
CRICKET 8’S EXPERT PREDICTION
India won’t let complacency get the better of them here despite their excellent run of results being in direct contrast to that of England’s results over the course of this World Cup so far. Plenty of India’s players will know all about their opponents, having played with or against many of them in the IPL. But this England team is a shadow of the side who lifted the trophy back in 2019. The swagger is gone, the batting is lifeless, the bowling is expensive and the intensity is non-existent.
India are simply a far better team than England in these conditions and their players are significantly more clued up to what is required to win in modern day 50-over cricket. They have prepared thoroughly for this competition while England didn’t prepare adequately enough. When taking into account the batting depth at India’s disposal, this could get very ugly for England in Lucknow and any outcome other than an India win come the end of play would be a big surprise.
INDIA TO WIN (1.44)
Highlights of this match is here- India vs England 2023 World Cup: Key Highlights and Match Analysis