The much awaited clash between India and England in the ongoing world cup will take place on 30th June at Edgbaston in Birmingham. England are the number one side in ODI rankings and they are followed by India at number two. Both the sides are the overwhelming favourites to win the trophy which is why fans and cricketer pundits are eagerly waiting for this high profile encounter.
As far as the performance is concerned, hosts England announced their arrival in style by defeating South Africa by 104 runs. They were the overwhelming favourites against Pakistan but the men in green had some other ideas as they put up a score of 348 runs which England failed to chase in their quota of 50 overs, losing the match by 14 runs. England pipped Bangladesh by 106 runs in their third world cup game. They were good enough to win against Bangladesh and West Indies by 106 runs and 8 wickets respectively.
The hosts next pipped Afghanistan in a high scoring game at Manchester. Eoin Morgan’s side scored 397/6 in their quota of 50 overs after skipper notched an innings of 148 runs off just 71 balls which comprised 17 massive sixes. In reply, Afghanistan showed intent but fell short by 150 runs.
England faced the biggest setback of the tournament after they failed to chase a total of 233 runs, posted by Sri Lanka. Their weakness of choking in a chase has exposed and it will surely be challenged by the other teams.
India started their world cup campaign on a positive note after they pipped a determined South Africa in their world cup opener by 6 wickets. They next pipped a much fancied and top contenders- Australia in their next clash by 36 runs to take two wins in as many matches. Their third game against New Zealand was washed off due to rain in Nottingham. In the biggest rivalry of world cricket, India faced Pakistan in their fourth fixture and they pipped the Sarfaraz Ahmed led team by a huge margin of 89 runs to take a lead of 7-0 against men in green in the world cup history.
The men in blue faced a tough task from a low lying Afghanistan in their next clash which turned out to be a low scoring thriller. India scored just 224 runs in their quota of 50 overs and Afghanistan fell just 11 runs short of the target.
Usain Bolt picks the winner
The eight time Olympic gold medalist sprinter was asked about the winner of India vs England clash in a video posted by International Cricket Council(ICC). The Jamaican sprinter picked India to beat England in the clash on 30th June.
“I think India will win,” Bolt said in the video
Bolt also revealed the most coolest thing about cricket and said that he loves big sixes.
“The collest thing about cricket for me is watching the ball going over the boundary. I like to see Chris Gayle play and hit the ball far over the boundary. Hit a big six, a maximum,” Bolt said