Both the teams are unbeaten in the tournament so far but one has to take the defeat as New Zealand will take on India on 13th June 2019 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The match will be live from 3:00 pm IST. India has beaten South Africa and Australia, while New Zealand has triumphed over Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. So the match promises to be a cracker if the rain doesn’t interrupt.
India has Securing convincing wins against South Africa and defending champions Australia would have boosted the confidence of team India. The team has been dealt a big blow as Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the World Cup for three weeks due to a fractured thumb. Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik are the two probable replacement options for Dhawan and one of them will have to bat at number four as KL Rahul is likely to partner Rohit Sharma at the opening position. Indian team faced a loss against the Kiwis in the warm-up match and the Men In Blue will be looking to take revenge of the previous match.
Player To Watch Out For – Virat Kohli
New Zealand have had two comfortable victories so far, against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan respectively. However, they had to battle hard to secure a win against Bangladesh. The bowlers have largely been at the forefront of their success so far, bowling out oppositions cheaply and setting things up nicely for the batsmen. The Kiwis has already defeated India in the warm-up game and will be confident of doing it again. To do that, though, New Zealand is going to have to play aggressive cricket. Boult will be the biggest threat for India as in the previous match(warm-up) he got 4 wickets.
Player To Watch Out For – Trent Boult
The pitch at Trent Bridge has been described as flat and does not assist with a lot of swings. In that light, it is ideal for heavy hitting and has become a paradise for batsmen. A lot of rain is expected to fall in Trent Bridge and we could struggle to get any cricket in. The best case scenario looks one where a shortened match is possible to get a result.
Probable Line Ups
India – Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Vijay Shankar/Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
New Zealand – Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
India will be favorites for the match but the team has to perform its best as Shikhar Dhawan will miss this match due to the thumb injury.