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World Cup 2019, Match18- IND Vs NZ, Preview: Dhawan-Less India Chase Third Win Against Dominant Kiwis

“Heavy rain is predicted to play a spoilsport during mouth-watering clash.”

After the entertaining Australia-Pakistan clash, it is now time to shift the focus on another big encounter. In the 18th match of the exciting World Cup 2019 extravaganza, India will be locking horns with New Zealand at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on June 13, Thursday. Both the teams are coming into this match very high on confidence as they have recorded comprehensive victories in all their respective outings thus far in the competition. Therefore, both of them will be looking to continue the winning momentum.

They dominated the Proteas in their first encounter. In the second game, Australia was humbled in a high-scoring encounter. Now, Team India gears up for its third game in Nottingham. It will be a daunting challenge for the ‘Men in Blue’ facing New Zealand who is yet to be beaten in the tournament. The conditions in Nottingham have been rainy and overcast for the last few days.

These are the similar kind of conditions that the Kiwi bowlers relish and would look to do a repeat of what they did in the practice game a few days ago. However, there is a rain threat looming around and the fans will have their fingers crossed. With Shikhar Dhawan injured, India will have a forced change to make for this match.

The Kiwis were tested when they played Bangladesh in their second game. Even though they managed to win easily against Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, which are relatively weaker oppositions, a few of their flaws were exposed against the quality opposition. India would have made a note of those and will look to go all guns blazing in an attempt to register their third win. The Kiwis will have to be on the top of their game in order to upset the tournament favourites.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

India

New Zealand

No Result

Tied

Overall (106)

55

45

5

1

In World Cup (7)

3

4

 

 

India’s likely Playing XI

With Shikhar Dhawan absent, KL Rahul and Rohit opening is the obvious choice. The main headache for the Indian skipper is who will take up the number four spot between Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik. If he plays Vijay Shankar, one among Kedar Jadhav or MS Dhoni could bat at number 4 with Shankar batting at number 6 or 7 as a finisher.

It looks like Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will be forming a formidable spin duo throughout the tournament. Bhuvneshwar Kumar shut the doubts over his form with a couple of brilliant displays whilst Jasprit Bumrah is just doing what he does best.

Probable XI: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Vijay Shankar/Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.

New Zealand’s likely Playing XI

Colin Munro’s form has been concerning for the Kiwis and they could rope in Henry Nicholls as the opener. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor have scored plenty of runs thus far and are very keen on carrying the burden of this batting line-up. The likes of Tom Latham and Jimmy Neesham are yet to be tested properly.

Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry and Trent Boult have been terrific thus far, but the unexpected facet of their bowling performance was the medium pacers like Jimmy Neesham coming up trumps. Mitchell Santner is the only spinner in the lineup, giving them six proper bowling options.

Probable XI: Colin Munro/Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.