Sunday 30th June 2019

Event of the Day: England versus India

Our event of the day is the Cricket World Cup Match between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham. England must win this match to stay in the fight for a place in the knockout stages. Meanwhile, India will look to maintain their unbeaten record. This is a match you won’t want to miss. England have it all to do today. With their record of 4-3, they find themselves battling for a place in the knockout stages. Despite convincing wins against South Africa, Bangladesh, the West Indies and Afghanistan, they have been upset by Pakistan and Sri Lanka and were unable to overcome the dominance of Australia. Joe Root has helped England greatly so far. The stylish batsman is the fourth highest run scorer in the competition, having recorded 432 runs so far. Meanwhile, Jofra Archer is proving just why he was worth a call-up to the main squad. Archer is the joint-third highest wicket taker, having taken 16. Furthermore, he leads in maiden overs bowled with 7. However, today is a must-win for the side. To ensure progression in the competition, they will have to win both their remaining games with the second key game against New Zealand next week. This goal will be made harder by their opponents today.

India are 5-0-1, the only undefeated team left in the World Cup. They have not been fazed by their opponents, no matter their calibre. Boasting a strong all-round squad, their batting efforts have been led by Rohit Sharma. He is the sixth-best run scorer in the tournament with 338. Sharma also has the third best batting average in the tournament at 84.50. Despite playing the tournament hosts, India may be the ones who hold the field advantage. Edgbaston’s pitch could favour the slow spinners preferred by India. This might be the edge India needs to see off England and maintain their perfect record. England will not be an easy win for India however, Joe Root and Jofra Archer will cause trouble with bat and ball and the whole team will be desperate for success. England will no doubt need to find something extra if they want to beat one of the tournament’s best teams. Whatever happens, this is a match you won’t want to miss. 

Honourable mentions around the globe go to the F1 Austrian Grand Prix which takes place at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Lewis Hamilton holds a firm lead atop the standings but it will be Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc who will start in pole position. The MotoGP season travels to the TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands for the Dutch TT. Marc Márquez currently leads the standings by 37 points but it will be Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo who begins in pole position after an excellent qualifying effort. The Prefontaine Classic takes place at the Cobb Track and Angell Field at the University of Stanford in California. This Diamond League event will see the world’s best track and field athletes travel to California for the 7th event of the 2019 Diamond League season. It is sure to be some must-watch athletics action. The third and fourth CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinals take place at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Jamaica face Panama while the United States take on Curaçao. In the final of U21 European Championship, defending champions Germany face Spain at the Dacia Arena in Udine, Italy. It’s a rematch of the 2017 final and Germany will be eager to retain their title. The MLB London Series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees concludes at the London Stadium, after the Yankees thrilling 17-13 victory yesterday. It’s the final day of the European Games in Minsk, Belarus. On the European Tour, the Andalucía Valderrama Masters concludes at the Real Club Valderrama in San Roque, Spain. 

Whatever you’re watching, enjoy!

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Photos by ICC Cricket; Joe Root

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