The two strongest teams of the ICC World Cup 2019 – India and New Zealand who are yet to be defeated in the ongoing tournament will take on each other in the 18th match. New Zealand has won their first three matches whereas India has also registered two wins in their first two matches. Thus, both teams will aim to continue their good form going. We take a look at Match Preview, Predicted XI, Prediction, Pitch, Weather and Stats.
Meanwhile, India has suffered a big blow as Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out with hairline fractured thumb. Hence, KL Rahul is going to open with Rohit Sharma and Vijay Shankar can bat at the number four position.
Both teams have been undefeated so far.
On the other hand, India has thus far ticked the right boxes in their first two matches. The top order has fired at full cylinders and KL Rahul will need to fill in the big shoes of Shikhar Dhawan. Rahul has been in decent form and had scored a fine hundred in the warm-up match against Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, New Zealand has got the better of Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. However, the Kiwis will know that the potent Indian team will bring a difficult challenge. India has come up with a collective performance in the ongoing tournament as they have delivered with both bat and ball.
New Zealand middle order is in decent form and the onus is going to be on skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. Williamson had scored a fine knock of 79 runs in the previous match against Afghanistan and he is going to hold the key. Furthermore, medium pacer James Neesham had delivered the goods with the ball.
Dhawan has been ruled out.
As Shikhar Dhawan is ruled out, there is going to be more pressure on Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to deliver the goods.
Date and Venue: 13 June, Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
India’s Predicted Playing XI: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
New Zealand’s Predicted Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Trent Boult, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson.
Pitch Report: Trent Bridge has been a paradise for the batsmen and a high scoring affair can be on the cards.
Rain is forecasted for the match and it can once again play a killjoy in the game. Already, three matches have been abandoned due to persistent rain.
Match Prediction: India will begin the contest as slightly favourites against New Zealand. In fact, both these teams had taken on each other in the recent past and India had come on the right side of the result by 4-1.
Virat Kohli needs another 57 runs to complete the 11000 ODI runs.
Rohit Sharma requires another 85 runs to overtake Virender Sehwag’s tally of ODI runs.
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