LONDON (9 News) – England has won the toss and elected to bat first against India in their penultimate league match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 at Edgbaston on Sunday.
India sit on the second spot on the points table with five wins out of six with just their game against New Zealand being washed out, while England sit on the fifth spot.
Moeen Ali, the England all-rounder, is eyeing the prized scalp of Indian captain Virat Kohli. Ali believes that his first-hand experience of playing under Virat Kohli in the Indian Premier League will come in handy, as he looks forward to the challenge of bowling to his Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper on Sunday.
“We have known each other since our under-19 days but over the past couple of years, at Royal Challengers Bangalore, we have become good friends,” Moeen wrote in his column for The Guardian.
“Virat knows he’s there to score runs for India, while I’m here to get him out (or score some myself). It means a lot to get a player like him out but you can still be friends trying to do it. I grew up playing against friends and cousins in the park and it was some of the most competitive cricket I have played. The key here is respect,” he added.
England, having lost their last two games, find themselves in a must-win situation against India on Sunday. The all-rounder reflected on his team’s disappointing results. “The defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia have hurt us. Australia outplayed us in the first 10 overs of each innings at Lord’s and some days you can take losing to the better side. But the Sri Lanka game at Headingley is one that still eats away at us a bit because, to be honest, there is no way we should have lost that match.”