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India vs England, World Cup 2019: VVS Laxman predicts the winner of the match

VVS Laxman has predicted the finalists of ICC World Cup 2019, to be played at the Home of Cricket, Lord’s on July 14.

cricket Updated: Jun 30, 2019 08:20 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
VVS Laxman has backed Virat Kohli’s India to beat England in the World Cup match on Sunday.
VVS Laxman has backed Virat Kohli’s India to beat England in the World Cup match on Sunday.(AFP)

Ahead of the crucial ICC World Cup 2019 fixture between India and England at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Sunday, former India batsman VVS Laxman has gone on to predict the winner of the match. Laxman, who also predicted the finalists of ICC World Cup 2019 to be played at the Home of Cricket, Lord’s on July 14, backed Virat Kohli’s India to get the better of hosts England in Sunday’s encounter.

The tournament has reached an interesting phase with only Australia confirming their spot in the semi-finals so far. India and New Zealand too are more or less sure to make it to the knockout stages but the fight for the remaining spot is between England,Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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After Pakistan’s win against Afghanistan, it has become important for England to beat India on Sunday to qualify for the semi-finals but Laxman picked Virat Kohli’s side as the firm favourites to win that game and dent England’s qualification chances further, according to Times Now.

Laxman credited India’s success to the bowling unit. “This Indian team looks very very sharp, the bowlers are really shining. (Jasprit) Burmah and (Mohammed) Shami and even when Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) was playing so it’s good to see bowlers really shining through,” Laxman was quoted as saying by Times Now.

Laxman, however, was critical of MS Dhoni’s inability to rotate strike in the middle overs.

“MS Dhoni needs to improve on rotating the strike. He is a remarkable player but needs to rotate the strike more,” added the former right-hander.

Dhoni was guilty of scoring at an abysmal strike rate in the middle overs in India’s last two matches against Afghanistan and West Indies. While he made it up towards the end against West Indies by hitting Oshane Thomas for two sixes and a four in the final over of the Indian innings but he was dismissed for a 52-ball 28 against Afghanistan.

Predicting the finalists of the tournament, Laxman also went on to state it will be a repeat of the 2003 World Cup final. The 44-year-old stylish Hyderabad batsman batted for an India-Australia final at Lord’s.

“India versus Australia is going to be the World Cup final.” Laxman . In 2003, India lost to Australia in the World Cup final to finish as runner-ups.

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First Published: Jun 29, 2019 13:41 IST

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