NEW DELHI :
It was a match that began on Saturday 29 May and ended on Sunday 30 May at the end of which India had eliminated England in their own backyard at the 1999 World Cup.
Sourav Ganguly produced an inspired performance with both bat and ball to help beat England by 63 runs at Edgbaston. Ganguly scored 40 runs with the bat and picked up three wickets with the ball as England were left licking their wounds at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
That result, coupled with an upset win for Zimbabwe against South Africa in Essex meant the tournament for England was over earlier than expected. The win for Zimbabwe didn’t do India any favours either as it was the Africans who headed into the Super Six stage with two points while India had zero.
Twenty years later, Virat Kohli and Co. face England at the same venue, Edgbaston, on the same day of the week, same day of the month and once again India can pile on the misery for the hosts.
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. A tally that Pakistan, currently on seven points, would fancy themselves to better with fixtures against Pakistan and Afghanistan remaining.
Australia currently have 12 points, India will have 13 and New Zealand have 11 and should Pakistan win both their matches will be on 11 points, and England would be eliminated.
It will be a hammer blow for a team that has been outstanding since the 2015 World Cup and were the number one ranked team before the start of the competition.