Dhaka, June 30 (UNB) - England won the toss and elected to bat first against India at Birmingham on Sunday.
Before this game, India played six matches and came up victorious in five matches with the other match was washed out due to rain. Virat Kohli-led India are the only team in the World Cup who are yet to endure a loss.
England, on the other hand, played seven matches and won four them with tasting three losses. They came to this match being at number five in on the points table. They lost two of their last four matches.
Another loss today will make England’s route to the semifinals more compressed. On the other hand, a win will secure India’s place in the top four of the tournament.
However, if England lose today, they will have another chance to secure a semifinals berth in their last league stage game against New Zealand on July 3.
India (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, ViratKohli(c), Rishabh Pant, KedarJadhav, MS Dhoni(w), HardikPandya, Mohammed Shami, KuldeepYadav, YuzvendraChahal, JaspritBumrah
England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood
Birmingham, Jun 30 (AP/UNB) — England can rely on playing its must-win game in front of the noisiest, most passionate, drum-banging, trumpet-blasting cricket fans in the land who will cheer every mistake by the opposition.
But the Cricket World Cup hosts will also have some supporters of their own in Birmingham.
India's so-called Bharat Army fans are expected to outnumber England's Barmy Army supporters in a Sunday sellout at the around 25,000-capacity Edgbaston in what will feel like a home game for India.
India, which has been dominant throughout the tournament apart from one close-call against winless Afghanistan, will join Australia in the semifinals with a win. It has 11 points from six games.
Fifth-place England has eight points from seven games and faces New Zealand in its last group match. Fourth-place Pakistan beat Afghanistan with two balls to spare Saturday and now leads England by a point but has played one more game.
England was ranked No. 1 at the start of the tournament and was the early title favorite. Eoin Morgan's team is not out of contention if it loses to India, but its fate will no longer be in its hands, and its dreams of a one-day international cricket revolution potentially over. Failure to advance by what was widely seen pre-tournament as the finest-ever England ODI team — skewing rivals with a surfeit of six-smacking skills — would be a hard blow to take.
And hard blows have been partly blamed for England's predicament so far with its super-aggressive approach — and alleged no Plan B — often wasting chances of taking singles and 2s, and innings-building in a more modest way. The team lacks the strategic finesse in one-day internationals that India has thanks to inspirational captain Virat Kohli.
Kohli, who has scored four straight half-centuries, had mixed feelings on England's struggles.
"We thought England would probably dominate in their own conditions but, as I said at the beginning of the tournament, pressure is going to be a factor," Kohli said. "I said that because I have played at two World Cups and all the teams are very strong. Anyone can beat anyone. We got a scare from Afghanistan, so you can't take anything for granted.
"The other teams have outplayed England on occasions and although we have not lost a game, we cannot be complacent."
Questions are again being asked about England's tournament temperament. It has the world record for the highest ODI score with 481-6, set in a 242-run win over below-strength Australia lineup last year. That total is 64 runs higher than the record World Cup score of 417-6 set by Australia against Afghanistan in 2015. But Australia is a five-time champion — and that's five more titles than England has.
India has put in more of a collective performance than England, as evidenced by not having a single player currently in the tournament's top five of most runs, highest score, most wickets and most dot balls.
England has Joe Root at No. 4 with 432 accumulated runs, Jason Roy and Morgan 2nd equal and 4th with individual innings scores of 153 and 148, Jofra Archer No. 2 with 16 and Mark Wood No. 5 with 13 on the list of most wickets, and Archer third on the list of most dot balls delivered (236). India has not lost a game, England has lost three.
"People have stepped up at different times, and we feel like we've given a total team performance — and that's purely because everyone's just looking to execute what they need to at that particular moment for the team," Kohli said.
Despite England's individual achievements, unease is starting to emerge. Batsman Jonny Bairstow reacted angrily to former England captain Michael Vaughan's criticism by claiming some people in England want the team to lose. Vaughan used social media to reply, saying "It's not the media's fault you have lost three games."
Morgan played a conciliatory line.
"Critics are there to be critical. We haven't performed well, so they are going to be critical. They're entitled to their own opinion," he said. "The support we've had from our fans and everybody around the country has been ... outstanding."
England opener Roy, who missed the games against Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Australia with a hamstring injury, is hoping to play but the decision won't be taken until Sunday. Asked if England would field the heavy hitter even if it was a risk to Roy, Morgan said "If it was going to rule him out long term, absolutely not. If it was going to rule him out for a couple of weeks, yes."
Archer has a side problem and, Morgan said, "the exact same rule applies."
Conditions are set to be mostly dry and spin-friendly, more to India's advantage than England's. But the fresh wicket is reportedly to England's liking.
Much depends on the Indian bowling attack, including spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Mohammed Shami, who took a hat trick against Afghanistan in a surprisingly close game and a four-wicket haul against West Indies, could prove a selection quandary for India when Bhuvneshwar Kumar is fully fit.
"Bhuvi is recovering very fast," Kohli said. "When he gets fit, it will be headache for us. But we will take the best one for the team at that moment and everyone will understand."
Jun 30 (AP/UNB) - The Americans' 2-1 victory over France set a record for the most-watched Women's World Cup quarterfinal match on U.S. English-language television.
Fox drew 6.12 million viewers for Friday's match, and peaked at 8.24 million. The game was the most-watched English-language soccer telecast in the country since last year's men's World Cup final.
In addition, Sunday's match averaged 211,000 viewers online, making it the most streamed Women's World Cup game ever.
The U.S. 2015 quarterfinal win over Chile averaged 5.74 million, which aired in prime time.
The Americans will face England in the semifinals Tuesday.
Jun 30 (AP/UNB) -Defending champion Cameroon and four-time winner Ghana drew 0-0 at the African Cup of Nations on Saturday, leaving both on perilous ground.
The match was one of three that produced zero goals in Egypt: Angola vs. Mauritania and Benin vs. Guinea-Bissau also ended 0-0.
Cameroon's result means the title holder still leads Group F, with Ghana in second place, but either could miss out on qualifying for the last 16 if it slips up in the final round of games.
Cameroon plays Benin and Ghana faces Guinea-Bissau.
Christian Bassogog had two of the best opportunities to give Cameroon a victory in Ismailia that would have sent it through to the knockout rounds with a game to spare and avoided a stressful finish to the group stage. His shot just before halftime was saved by Ghana goalkeeper Richard Ofori, who leaped high to his right to keep the ball out.
Bassogog's goal-bound effort in the 76th minute was blocked by the chest of defender Jonathan Mensah. Mensah felt the full force of the shot and slipped to his knees and took a moment to recover from the blow.
Ghana substitute Owusu Kwabena hit the crossbar with three minutes to go after pouncing on a Cameroon error. He bore down on goal and fired a shot past Ofori that ricocheted off the frame.
Ghana was hampered, though, by the early loss of influential winger Christian Atsu to injury. Atsu left the field within the first 15 minutes with a right leg injury he suffered taking a shot at goal.
Ghana has a squad dripping with talent but hasn't given any indication that this could be the year when the West Africans end a 37-year wait for a title. Ghana was unimpressive in a 2-2 draw with Benin in its opening match.
Neither Benin nor Guinea-Bissau took advantage of the Cameroon-Ghana stalemate in the last match of the day, and neither could clinch its first victory at the African Cup. Benin is still winless after 11 games at the tournament since making its debut in 2004.
It did have the best of Saturday's games, with striker Steve Mounie missing the clearest chance when he headed over the bar from a free-kick with the goal at his mercy deep in the second half.
Mounie slammed both hands against the crossbar in frustration, encapsulating a day that wasn't a glowing advert for Africa's top tournament.
Even the presence of a player called Pele wearing the No. 10 jersey didn't help. Guinea-Bissau's 27-year-old Portugal-born forward shares the name and shirt number of the greatest soccer player ever.
Group F is also wide open after there were no goals between Angola and Mauritania. That game was the first 0-0 of the tournament and apparently inspired a succession of them.
Angola's Geraldo had a late goal ruled out for offside and tournament debutant Mauritania recovered from a 4-1 hammering by Mali in the opening round to hold the Angolans.
Mali leads that group by two points from Tunisia, but Angola and Mauritania are not out of contention for the knockout stage. Mauritania is a country of 4 million people in northwest Africa that sits almost entirely in the Sahara desert. It was one of the big surprises when it qualified for the tournament.
The top two teams from each of the six groups make the last 16 along with the four best third-placed teams.
Host Egypt, Nigeria, Algeria and Morocco already have qualified for the round of 16.
Salvador, Jun 30 (AP/UNB) — Underdogs Peru advanced to the semifinals of Copa América on Saturday after a goalless draw and a penalty shootout miss from Uruguay striker Luis Suárez.
Peru's next opponent will be defending champion Chile, who eliminated Colombia also on penalties Friday night. The match will take place Wednesday at the Arena do Grêmio in Porto Alegre.
Brazil and Argentina will face off Tuesday in Belo Horizonte for the other spot in the July 7 final at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
Suárez was the only player to miss from the spot and left the field in tears.
Edison Flores scored Peru's last goal in the 5-4 penalty shootout win.
Goalkeeper Pedro Gallese, who was under severe criticism after Peru was routed 5-0 by Brazil a week ago, saved Suárez shot with his belly and decided the match for the Peruvians.
"He is a goalkeeper that always appears in the important moments," said Peru coach Ricardo Gareca.
Peru got through the group as one of the top two teams finishing third place. Its only win in four matches was a 3-1 against weak Bolivia.
The match in Salvador offered few opportunities for both teams and was played under rain in the entire first half. Only 21,000 fans were at the 48,000-seater Arena Fonte Nova to watch.
Uruguay, the team that has won the most Copa Américas, with 15 titles, created the best opportunities during the 90 minutes, but the goals scored by Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Edinson Cavani and Suárez were disallowed by offside.
Coach Óscar Tabárez started the match with two of his most aggressive midfielders, Federico Valverde and Giorgian de Arrascaeta, hoping to take advantage of Peru's defensive troubles during group stage. But those problems were not there anymore for the knockout stage match.
"Soccer is not about deserving. They took their penalty shots better," said Uruguayan defender Diego Godín. "Three goals disallowed. We missed the efficiency to score that goal that would have opened the match."
Coach Tabárez agreed. "Nothing was done against the rules," he said.
After winning Copa América 2011 in Argentina, Uruguay failed to get out of the group in the 2015 and the 2016 editions. The team known as the Celeste advanced to the quarterfinals after beating Chile 1-0, winning Group C and leaving the impression it could fight for the title again.
The Peruvians netted all their penalties against goalkeeper Fernando Muslera. Paolo Guerrero, Raúl Ruidíaz, Yoshimar Yotún, Luis Advíncula and Flores got it right from the spot. After Suárez missed, Cavani, Cristhian Stuani, Rodrigo Bentancur and Lucas Torreira converted their shots for Uruguay.
Peru's Gareca said his team deserved to advance because of its will power. His top goal scorer Paolo Guerrero agreed.
"We have shown that this group has the will, the blood and the courage," the striker said.
Peru could not count on injured midfielder Jefferson Farfán, one of the most important players of his squad.
The match in Salvador marked the third goal less draw in the quarterfinals of Copa América in Brazil. The only goals of this phase were scored in Argentina's 2-0 victory against Venezuela.
Players once more suffered with the poor pitch of the Arena Fonte Nova, filled with bare patches and uneven regions.
Poor fields have been a constant complaint during Copa América in Brazil.
In the Copa América semifinals there will be extra time if the matches finish in a tie. In the quarterfinals stage the decision went straight to the penalty shootouts if the teams ended level after 90 minutes.