India captain Virat Kohli has expressed surprise at England's patchy World Cup performance, hinting that pressure may be playing its part in their struggles. It's going to be tough but if they play well enough, they can win both. But I personally felt he looked really solid.
Whether they have one, two, or three games left at the Cricket World Cup, the Black Caps are set to pick Martin Guptill and Tom Latham in their starting XI for every encounter. In fact, he picked 16 runs from the last over of the innings to finish with an unbeaten 56 off 61 balls at an impressive strike rate of 91.80.
Eight of the 10 nations at the World Cup have an alternate kit in case of a colour clash and England also wear light blue, hence the switch. But with seven of the nine games done with, the picture doesn't look too bright for the Three Lions.
A loss would have been catastrophic for England, leaving it needing other results to go its way to avoid the embarrassment of being knocked out of a tournament it was tipped to win. The mercurial side led by Sarfaraz Ahmed beat the hosts by 14 runs in a thriller.
The home team made the most of favourable conditions after winning the toss and batting, bouncing back from recent lacklustre efforts to post 7/337.
But that is where the fortune took another turn as they lost to out of touch Sri Lanka by 20 runs. "We should have accelerated and gotten closer, but they (England) bowled superbly", Kohli said after India's first defeat in the tournament which brought England back into the reckoning for a semifinal spot.
To make matters worse for the home side, England opener Jonny Bairstow has found himself involved in a public row with former captain Michael Vaughan, who labelled his fellow Yorkshire cricketer's claim that people are waiting for the hosts to fail at the World Cup "negative" and "pathetic".
England's dilemma was summed up by Ben Stokes after his 89 failed to prevent a 64-run defeat by Australia at Lord's on Tuesday. The absence of Jason Roy has been spoken about as one of the reasons for the team's poor show, but Roy alone can not be the reason for a team doing so well over the last three years to suddenly flounder.