New Zealand, India heads to Trent Bridge undefeated
An inspired India will meet the red-hot Black Caps at Trent Bridge in a highly-anticipated contest that promises spectators bang for the buck. Both teams have made strong starts to the tournament with unbeaten records against their names on the points table, and unless there’s a washout tomorrow that’s all about to change. A massive injury blow to India could sway this match in favour of the Black Caps, only marginally.
India will be quietly-confident heading into their third match of the 2019 ICC World Cup despite losing one of their key players for this upcoming game. Coming off a match-winning performance with the bat against Australia, Shikhar Dhawan looks set to miss India’s next two World Cup matches due to a thumb injury. This will most-likely result in KL Rahul opening the batting alongside Rohit Sharma for the time being, while one of Vijay Shankar or Dinesh Karthik will replace Dhawan in the middle order. Rohit Sharma has been outstanding in India’s opening two matches, scores of 122* & 57 will relieve the rest of the batting unit from a stressful environment knowing one of their openers is in superb touch. Skipper Virat Kohli thrives on pressure, his free-flowing 82 against the Aussies at The Oval was a perfect example of that. Here’s the twist, New Zealand’s bowling attack has been easily the most dominant in this year’s World Cup. It’s the fast bowlers who are terrorizing opposition batsmen, speedsters Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson have been the pick of the lot with 15 wickets between them.
New Zealand were always going to be strong contenders for the title after they were humiliated in the 2015 World Cup final against Trans-Tasman rivals Australia. They look a much-more well-rounded unit this time around, and they’ve got the perfect bowling attack for this type of venue. That’s been the story of their 2019 World Cup campaign so far, their potent bowling unit. Speed and accuracy has been the name of the game for the Black Caps with the ball so far, India will do well to produce a sizeable total against the in-form attack. As mentioned previously, Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson are on fire at the moment while Jimmy Neesham is coming off a five-wicket haul. The biggest surprise of them all has been Trent Boult who has taken the least wickets of the three, both he and Mitchell Starc were once and still probably are classified as the World’s best limited-overs bowlers. With a batting line-up featuring Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor to go alongside their dominant-quicks, the Black Caps are a massive chance to beat India.
Top 5 fantasy picks – India
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Virat Kohli
- Rohit Sharma
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- Hardik Pandya
Wildcard pick – Kedar Jadhav
Top 5 fantasy picks – New Zealand
- Kane Williamson
- Trent Boult
- Lockie Ferguson
- Martin Guptill
- Ross Taylor
Wildcard pick – Colin Munro
Predicted Team XI’s
India (possible) – 1. Rohit Sharma 2. KL Rahul 3. Virat Kohli © 4. Vijay Shankar/Dinesh Karthik 5. MS Dhoni (wk) 6. Kedar Jadhav 7. Hardik Pandya 8. Ravindra Jadeja 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10. Yuzvendra Chahal 11. Jasprit Bumrah.
New Zealand (possible) – 1. Martin Guptill 2. Colin Munro 3. Kane Williamson © 4. Ross Taylor 5. Tom Latham (wk) 6. Henry Nicholls 7. James Neesham 8. Mitchell Santner 9. Matt Henry/Tim Southee 10. Lockie Ferguson 11. Trent Boult.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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