India vs England, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Moeen Ali says his target would be to get 'good friend' Virat Kohli out

Kohli hit two half centuries to bail out India twice in the last two matches after losing early wickets against Afghanistan and West Indies.

Press Trust of India, Jun 29, 2019 16:12:56 IST

Birmingham: England all-rounder Moeen Ali has set his sights on taking the prized wicket of India captain Virat Kohli during their big-ticket World Cup clash here Sunday.

Kohli hit two half centuries to bail out India twice in the last two matches after losing early wickets against Afghanistan and West Indies.

"Virat knows he's there to score runs for India, while I'm here to get him out (or score some myself). It means a lot to get a player like him out but you can still be friends trying to do it," Ali, who has played under Kohli at Royal Challengers Bangalore, wrote for 'The Guardian'.

India vs England, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Moeen Ali says his target would be to get good friend Virat Kohli out

File image of Moeen Ali. Reuters

"We have known each other since our U-19 days but over the past couple of years, at Royal Challengers Bangalore, we have become good friends. I don't want to pump his tyres up too much before a big game but he is a motivated, driven and dedicated cricketer."

England looked on course for a semifinal spot before back-to-back losses against Sri Lanka and Australia derailed their campaign and they will now need to win their remaining two fixtures against India and New Zealand to reach the knockout stage.

"I see these final group games against India and New Zealand as an opportunity to be embraced not feared," Ali wrote.

England are the home side but Ali believes the pressure would be on India at Birmingham.

"The pressure of being the home side shouldn't be a factor. Our next opponent, India, are a good reminder of this because we don't have to deal with nearly the same amount of expectation as they do," he wrote.

"They are superstars back home. Win and they are showered with praise, lose and they are on the receiving end of harsh criticism. And they aren't able to lead everyday lives when they're not playing because of the attention they receive."
England had beaten India 2-1 in their last bilateral series at home and Ali said his team will have to get into the "right mindset" to counter the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.
"Overcoming his (Chahal's) spin pairing with Kuldeep Yadav will be important on Sunday. We managed this last year during the ODI series win and the key will be to have the right mindset again; not to get sucked into conditions or the situation too much play each ball on merit," he wrote.

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Updated Date: Jun 29, 2019 16:12:56 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254