India has picked up 11 points so far on the points table and a win against England will see it become the second team to qualify for the semis after Australia. When it comes to head-to-head, the records are stacked in favour of India as England haven’t defeated them in World Cup encounters in the last 27 years.
England came into this World Cup as red-hot favourites but are now under pressure of losing out on a spot in the semifinals. The Eoin Morgan-led side will have to win both of their remaining games against India and New Zealand and their wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler admits there’s “external pressure” on the team.
The second-ranked ODI side, India can still make it to the semifinals if they win only one of their remaining two matches but for that they will have to rely on other results.
England wouldn’t consider taking a risk with Jason Roy or Jofra Archer though they could still progress if they lose, but it would require good fortune with other results – that Eoin Morgan, the captain, has confirmed that both will play if they come through fitness tests on the morning of the match even if it risks exacerbating their injuries.
On the other hand Pakistan have 9 points from 8 matches and if India manages to defeat England in their high-voltage clash on Sunday, the chances for Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men to qualify for the semi-finals will receive a huge boost.
India skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday unveiled the orange-and-dark-blue jersey that the team will wear in their World Cup match against England in Birmingham. The Jesrsey which stirred quite some objections back home in India. “The contrast is good, the fit is great. For one game it’s fine. But I don’t think permanently we will be heading in that direction because blue is our colour and we are very proud to wear that,” Virat said.