After winning their first three games, New Zealand is well on top of the 2019 World Cup points table. Bangladesh gave them a run for their money at the Kennington Oval, but other than that, the Black Caps have been clinical. In their last game, the Kiwis beat Afghanistan with seven windows in Taunton. The team is scheduled to close horns with India at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
In warm-ups, New Zealand won the battle and will look for wins even this time. The Men in Blue have also been dominating. Virat Kohli’s men hit South Africa with six wingers and then defeated Australia with 36 runs. However, they are recovering from some injury concerns from the start of the practice games. The teams will meet in the World Cup after 16 years.
The chances of rain are extremely high throughout the day. And it is not expected that the intensity of the downpour will diminish at any stage of the game. Therefore, there could be a wash in the game tomorrow. The atmosphere will be extremely cold with temperatures as low as eight degrees centigrade. The humidity will be in the 80s and 90s.
In recent years, the playing field in Nottingham has been an absolute belter. The bowlers have not had much to cheer while playing in the strip. However, in this World Cup, the pacers have generated a significant amount of pace and rebound, worrying the hitters. Teams are more likely to train first after winning the draw and take advantage of coverage conditions.
On Tuesday, Shikhar Dhawan developed a thumb injury and left-hander will not participate in the match. KL Rahul is the most likely candidate to open with Rohit Sharma, who is in good shape and has already marked a century. The place of Dhawan in the eleven is more likely to be occupied by Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar. Both Karthik and Shankar had a torrid time in warm-ups.
Hardik Pandya can again beat higher in order if India has an excellent start. MS Dhoni has also been ominous with the bat in hand. In the bowling department, Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar have done an excellent job. Yuzvendra Chahal is also among the windows. Kuldeep Yadav has not fully recovered, but has the potential. Mohammed Shami is more likely to warm the bank.
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Dinesh Karthik / Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
The Kiwis can bring in Henry Nicholls, replacing Colin Munro, who has blown some heat and cold in the mega event. Martin Guptill also staggered after his fifties in the first game. Captain Kane has not been rushed into his skill game and took his time to see it. Ross Taylor is in a state of astonishment and the right-handed hitter is expected to be a key player in the next game.
Tom Latham, after returning from a finger injury, will be eager to get a good score under his belt. James Neesham chose his first maid ODI fifer the last time and would be highly confident. Colin de Grandhomme is the other SUV, while Santner also has to play his part. The pace of Lockie Ferguson is an X factor for Kiwis. Trent Boult and Matt Henry are more likely to share the new balls.
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro / Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), James Neesham, Colin of Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
Probable Top Performer
KL Rahul – India | Ross Taylor – New Zealand
TV – Star Sports
Match times – 3:00 pm IST; 10:30 local