India vs New Zealand Match Prediction: Two teams who are yet to lose a match in the ICC 2019 World Cup, a devastating India will take on a confident New Zealand in their third match of the World Cup. Nevertheless, the contest will see one team ending their losing streak on Thursday.
The players in both the teams are in a rich vein of form as one can expect a good game of cricket in what will be the 18th match of the World Cup. And, looking at the rivalry between both the sides in the World Cups, the excitement perhaps will be at its peak. Both teams have played seven times in the World Cup. New Zealand has been a successful side as they have managed to beat India four times of out seven. Surely, India would be looking to making it 4-4 at Nottingham.
While India often sails smoothly in the group stages in the World Cup, the one team which has often troubled them on their way is perhaps New Zealand. For those of you who missed the Warm-up games, New Zealand demolished India in one of those games, getting them all-out for just 179 runs. Trent Boult destroyed India’s batting line up, picking as many 4 wickets in just 6.2 factors.
How India play the first ten overs against the likes of Boult and Ferguson will perhaps be the most crucial thing on Thursday. Nonetheless, India will try to negate Boult’s effect to post a competitive total on the board.
Talking about New Zealand batting department, the onus will be on Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor for notch as many runs for their side. The duo has been consistent run-getters in the tournament and would like to continue their good run of form ahead of the next match against India.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – India vs New Zealand Match Prediction
Here’s look at some of the key players in the match:
#1. Virat Kohli
Amongst the current Indian player, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has the most number of runs against New Zealand in ODI cricket. The Indian skipper has scored 1302 runs in 22 ODIs against New Zealand at an average of 68.53. If New Zealand’s turn successful in taking early wickets, Kohli will have a crucial role to play to guide India to a winning position.
#2. MS Dhoni
Former Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni too boast of mind-boggling numbers against New Zealand. MS Dhoni has scored as many as 590 runs in 12 innings at an average of 84.29. And, given his current form, Dhoni too is expected to hold much of India’s batting weight against the Blackcaps.
#3. Kane Williamson
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has kind of sidelined his patchy form he sustained in IPL and has gone all guns blazing in the ICC World Cup 2019. Williamson has stood tall in New Zealand last two matches and has helped his team win both. Unarguably, he will be the most important player for New Zealand as India would be hoping to claim his wickets as soon as possible in the match.
#4 Ross Taylor
The second threat after Williamson is surely Ross Taylor. Not many would argue that Taylor’s game reached a notch higher when playing against India. A team he loves to bat against, Taylor will be eying to score a century on Thursday.
Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami.
Kane Williamson(capt), Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Colin de Grandhomme, Colin Munro, Trent Boult, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell.
- Virat Kohli (Capt)
- Kane Williamson (VC)
- Ross Taylor
- Rohit Sharma
- KL Rahul
- MS Dhoni (wk)
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Colin De Grandhomme
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- Lockie Ferguson
- Trent Boult