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"The Kiwis lost so they could play the semi-final in their own country", he said.

Most of the netizens opined that they will favour India's win against England as it will be the indirect support to Pakistan.

England's chances of reaching the World Cup semi-finals have been placed in serious doubt following defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia. New Zealand lost one match, while one match against India was canceled.

However, even if they defeat Afghanistan and Bangladesh, it might not be enough as they will have to rely on the results of other matches.

A win for India, would mean the maximum number of points that England could get in the round robin stages of the ICC cricket World Cup 2019 would be 10. Sohail played really well in the last two games and Babar Azam too. While England, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka still have their chances to qualify for the semifinals.

If England beat India, then the July 2 match will become crucial for both the subcontinental teams.

India's biggest threat thus far came from a surprise source, as World Cup debutants Afghanistan came close to a huge upset at the Ageas Bowl, only to lose by 11 runs.

England hope that opener Jason Roy, who has been badly missed in his three-game absence, will return from a hamstring injury in time to play at Edgbaston while they also have fitness concerns over bowlers Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid.

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Justin Langer, Australia's coach, did not give any inkling to the notion that the team will opt to rest Starc and Pat Cummins for this match given that Australia are in the semi-finals.

The time may have come for New Zealand to tinker.

Former England Cricket Captain Nasser Hussain has been slammed by Pakistani netizens, for his jibe at India versus Pakistan cricket rivalry amid the persisting political tensions between the two neighbours. "It will be a really good atmosphere, whatever it is, but I know for a fact that both teams are just looking forward to getting into the cricket".

His only previous World Cup appearance produced a far less memorable 1-59 against Sri Lanka earlier in this year's event. They have two hard matches to end their group stage campaign - with India and a resurgent Pakistan.

"They just took it a little bit easy with the bat when confronted by a relatively low total and a relatively lower-ranked opponent", said Bayliss on England's dismal performance with the bat when they were dismissed for 212 to fall short by 20 runs.

Sri Lanka's loss to South Africa has made their task of qualifying for the semi-finals less probable.

Fast bowler Wahab Riaz has 32 wickets all-time in World Cups, and needs two more to equal Imran Khan for second place for Pakistan.