England vs. India: Odds, Live Stream for 2019 Cricket World Cup

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2019

England's Jonny Bairstow attends a training session at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England on June 28, 2019, ahead of their 2019 Cricket World Cup group stage match against India. (Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE        (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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England must beat India at Edgbaston on Sunday to keep alive their hopes of reaching the semi-finals at the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Defeat to Australia last time out has left England facing an uphill battle to reach the last four. India represent the first challenge, with New Zealand to follow.

India's motivation is also strong, with Virat Kohli and Co. second in the standings and on the cusp of a semi-final berth. Kohli's team is also in the stronger form, having won its past three matches.

                     

Date: Sunday, June 30

Time: 10:30 a.m. BST/5:30 a.m. ET

TV Info: Sky Sports Cricket, Willow TV

Live Stream: Sky Go, Sling TV

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Odds

England: 1-1
India: 20-23

Odds per Oddschecker.

                  

Losing to Australia opened up England to criticism from some familiar sources, with former captains Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen have been quick to vent their frustrations, per BBC Sport: "Pietersen said one-day skipper Eoin Morgan was 'scared' in the 64-run defeat by Australia, while [Jonny] Bairstow was played a clip from BBC Radio 5 Live of Vaughan saying England could be heading for their worst World Cup."

Bairstow was defiant in the face of such criticism, dismissing it as "just showbiz."

There are credible reasons for Bairstow to defend what England have produced at the tournament.

Jofra Archer has taken the joint-second-most wickets with 16, per the competition's official website. However, he needed a late fitness to test to be passed to play against Australia, and Archer experienced some shoulder pain during the defeat. But the 24-year-old should be available to face India, according to Will Macpherson of the London Evening Standard.

Archer will be needed to help disrupt a talented India batting order capable of tallying runs in bunches.

Rohit Sharma has amassed 338 runs, while Kohli has 316 to his credit.

England can hit back with their own heavy hitters, particularly Ben Stokes and Morgan. The latter has enjoyed moments of brilliance, such as when he smashed 17 sixes in a win over Afghanistan.

Morgan needs to find his magic again, while Stokes simply needs to replicate the fighting spirit he showed against Australia.

England have the personnel capable of salvaging a campaign that's gone awry but isn't beyond repair. Morgan will need his match-winners at full strength against an India team showing the kind of consistency the tournament co-hosts are struggling for.