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T20 World Cup 2024: India v Canada – preview, expected line-ups, free bets and offers

The State of Play

All eyes are moving towards the 2024 T20 World Cup Super 8s but there are a few more games left to play, including India vs Canada on Saturday.

India came into the tournament as favourites and so far they have lived up to the hype.

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They possess the best run rate in the tournament and breezed past Ireland in their opener, bowling them out for 96 before comfortably catching their total with seven overs in hand.

It looked like things might get a bit sticky against Pakistan when they only managed to set the Shaheens a target of 120, but they managed to still claim victory, winning by six runs thanks largely to the efforts of Jasprit Bumrah, who bagged 3-14 in his four overs with the ball.

It was an important two points for the Men in Blue and bowling coach Paras Mhambrey spoke about how important it is to get into a winning habit at tournaments.

He said: “Winning is a habit that you need to get into early.

“This is the World Cup. Every game matters. Rhythm is important.”

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That rhythm continued against the USA on Wednesday despite a shaky start.

India lost a handful of wickets early on but rallied to take the win, catching the required total of 110 with 10 balls to go.

It means they have secured their place in the next round of the World Cup but they will have to put in better performances than the one against the co-hosts if they are to win the trophy.

Captain Rohit Sharma went for three from six balls against the USA, while Virat Kohli went for a duck.

Arshdeep Singh picked up four wickets which helped his side to victory in the end and he will be hoping to carry that form into the final group game.

India’s opponents Canada have only picked up one win out of three, but they have not been blown away by any of their opposition.

A narrow loss to Pakistan last time out all but ended their hopes of qualifying to the next round but it was still a respectable performance against a giant of the sport.

Captain Saad Bin Zafar said after the game: “It was a bit disappointing.

“The pitch was not really helpful, it was difficult to bat, especially early on and just not a good toss to lose.

“They kept picking up wickets had we scored 130 plus we could have made a game out of it.

“We don’t get to play a lot of high-calibre teams very often.

“Aaron Johnson played really well and Nicolas Kirton’s run out was crucial. It was disappointing but there are lots of positives to take away.”

Canada have a chance to finish on a high by recording perhaps the biggest win in their history.

But it will take something special to disrupt an India side who seem to be finding their rhythm on the biggest stage.

Expected line-ups

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh.

Canada: Aaron Johnson, Navneet Dhaliwal, Pargat Singh, Dilpreet Bajwa, Nicholas Kirton, Shreyas Movva (wk), Dilon Heyliger, Saad Bin Zafar (c), Kaleem Sana, Junaid Siddiqui, Jeremy Gordon.

How to watch

Sky have the rights to show the T20 World Cup to UK viewers in 2024 and will broadcast every game live. Coverage gets underway on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket from 15:30pm UK time on Saturday.

In India, the games can be streamed on Disney + Hotstar app and website. They are also available across the Star Sports Network.

Prediction

India will want to ensure they finish as Group A winners and Canada will have a hard time stopping them in Florida.

Canada’s win over Ireland put them in a great position but losing agonisingly to Pakistan means their chances of advancing are all but over.

It did show that they can mix it with some of the best T20 teams in the world so it may not be as straightforward as some fans are expecting.

Having said that, expect India to get the job done and win ahead of the Super 8s.

Mitch Fretton
Mitch Fretton
Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.
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