At the start of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, pre-tournament favorite England might have expected that their semifinal place would be booked by now. However, after two straight defeats, elimination becomes a real possibility and Eoin Morgan’s men may well be sitting outside of the top four by the time this game starts on Sunday.

Can the hosts overcome unbeaten India? Let’s see what the sportsbooks make of it all.

Match Odds

It’s a tight market but India will start here as the narrow favorite. Virat Kohli’s men are available at -115 while England follows at -105. Those figures certainly reflect current form and if anything, India could be a fraction shorter.

England’s slump does seem to suggest that the favorites will come through but where will this match be won and lost?

Key Battles

There isn’t too much wrong with England’s bowling at the moment. Jofra Archer and Mark Wood are bowling fast in tandem and both feature highly on the list of tournament leading wicket takers. An absence of support is affecting the unit, however, and Adil Rashid’s lack of form is a definite concern.

If India can keep Archer and Wood contained, they can score heavily from the rest of the attack. Conversely, if those two can pick up early Indian wickets, then they could expose the middle order. The first 15 overs of India’s innings is, therefore, going to be absolutely vital.

The news for England is positive in the batting department with Jason Roy set to return from injury. While Roy has been on the sidelines, replacement James Vince has not covered adequately and the host nation will be desperate to see the Surrey man return.

The batting unit as a whole has struggled to adapt to pitches that haven’t suited their aggressive style of play. As we saw when Pakistan played New Zealand, this Edgbaston surface is likely to produce more turn than most and that’s a positive sign for India.

With Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal both in good form, England will face a trial by spin but can they overcome it?


England looks to have been caught out in this tournament. Since the last World Cup in 2015, they had shot to the top of the ODI rankings and had broken the world record for highest team total on two separate occasions.

However, this competition seems to suggest that the batting unit can only perform on flat, hard pitches that are full of runs. They are unlikely to enjoy that at Edgbaston and if Sunday’s pitch is comparable to the one we saw for Pakistan vs New Zealand, England is in for a torrid 100 overs.

Based on current form and the likelihood that the surface will suit the slow bowlers, we are expecting India to add to England’s misery on Sunday afternoon.

Best Bets

  • India to win at -115
  • Rohit Sharma to top score for India at +225
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