World Twenty20 – Group E, Lord’s 17.30
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Defeat for India today at Lord’s sees the holders eliminated from the tournament. If India win then England still have a slim chance of progressing, but will need to rely on other results not to mention themselves to win a match.
The bookmakers have India favourites at 3/5, while England can be backed at 8/5. India have not really got going yet in this competition, they have had comfortable wins over Ireland and Bangladesh in the opening stages – games they would have been expected to win.
In their first real test against West Indies they came up short, losing by 7 wickets. Their press have been putting them under immense pressure with a series of hostile press conferences and they know that failure at this early stage of the tournament will see them return home to a massive outburst of demonstrations against them from the fanatical Indian public.
England have been at their inconsistent best so far, a defeat to Holland was followed by a thrashing of – an awful on the day – Pakistan, they then came up against the South African cricket machine where they were completely outplayed in every department.
If England lose it’s not the end of the road for them, they know that if they can beat West Indies and South Africa can beat India it would go down to run rate with three teams all on one victory.
Recent form between the two sides suggests India should win, they hammered England in the last T20 World Cup in South Africa with the Yuvraj six 6’s in an over. They were on their way to a 7-0, 50 over whitewash over England in India last winter until the Mumbai attacks ended the competition at 5-0.
India don’t seem to have got over the loss of Virender Sehwag at the top of the innings, MS Dhoni hasn’t fired much in the tournament as yet and they have been relying on the big hitting of Yuvraj in setting totals.
England have been pampering Kevin Pietersen through the tournament and his admission today that he might not be fit for the Ashes suggests his participation in any game at the moment could be in doubt.
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