It is a game between two evenly matched and unbeaten teams of the ICC World Cup 2019. Match #18 in Nottingham will feature table-toppers New Zealand and India. It has been raining over the last couple of days in Nottingham. However, it there happens to be a game, we are in for a cracker.
Both sides played a warm-up match too, dominated by New Zealand. India have their thoughts around the injured Shikhar Dhawan at the moment. His absence will mean a lot of shuffling in the order.
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are set to open for the first time together. Virat Kohli will have a decision to make on his number four. All the signs, for now, indicate it could be Vijay Shankar. Bowling wise too, India might be tempted to look at drafting Mohammad Shami.
The ‘Men in Blue’ will be wary of their weakness against Trent Boult. Left-arm pacers have generally been successful in the recent years against India. Kohli’s me also have to find a way past the express pace of Lockie Ferguson.
New Zealand Preview
Three wins out of three and New Zealand are flying. The Kiwis are yet to face the top teams, but no one can dispute their top start. A win here will almost guarantee their presence in the top-four. With an in-form middle-order, New Zealand have a unit to go for the kill.
Captain Kane Williamson will face questions over recalling Henry Nicholls. Tim Southee is also back to full fitness, but Matt Henry has been bowling well. With most of the boxes ticked, New Zealand will start this game on a confident note.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Jasprit Bumrah is one of the best in the world. Like he showed against Australia, Bumrah can be a handful on any surface.
Trent Boult feasts on the left-arm weakness of Indian batsmen. Even in the practice match, he was on top of his game.
Ross Taylor has been New Zealand’s best player for the past two years with an average of 79. His record against both Chahal and Kuldeep is exceptional.
Vijay Shankar could slot straight in place of Dhawan for India.
India: 1 Rohit Sharma 2 KL Rahul 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 Vijay Shankar 5 MS Dhoni (WK) 6 Kedar Jadhav 7 Hardik Pandya 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9 Yuzvendra Chahal 10 Mohammad Shami 11 Jasprit Bumrah.
Nicholls could come in the place of Munro for New Zealand.
New Zealand: 1 Henry Nicholls 2 Martin Guptill 3 Kane Williamson (C) 4 Ross Taylor 5 Tom Latham 6 James Neesham 7 Mitchell Santner 8 Tim Southee 9 Matt Henry 10 Lockie Ferguson 11 Trent Boult
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