ICC World Cup 2019: Match 18, India vs New Zealand – Match Prediction
Indian National Cricket Team and New Zealand have made a brilliant start to their ICC World 2019 campaign in England and Wales. While India have won their first two games, the Kiwis are currently at the top of the points table with six points from three matches. It will be a clash of the Titans when India and New Zealand go up against each other on June 13 (Thursday) at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli & Co will be without their regular opener, Shikhar Dhawan. He took a blow on the finger and the last game and will be out for three weeks. KL Rahul is likely to open in place of Dhawan while the experience of Dinesh Karthik should earn him a spot in the middle order. Otherwise, the team is likely to be the same, and they hope to play the same cricket they have played in the last two matches. The bowlers have done relatively well backed by the inform batters which have been the USP for India so far in the tournament.
On the other hand, New Zealand so far has played against bottom-placed Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh sides. The victory against the weaker opponents have given them a good headstart in the World Cup. The Black Caps will look to keep the momentum going when they face India – the first tough opponent in this marquee tournament. It will also be a test of the calibre as they look to strengthen their hold at the top of the points table.
Date and Venue: June 13(Thursday), 3:00 PM IST, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
The last time when India toured New Zealand earlier this year, Virat Kohli & Co handed a humiliating defeat to the Kiwis by a 4-1 margin. On the contrary, Kane Williamson & his boys lead India 4-3 in the World Cup games they have played so far.
Moreover, both the teams are coming from the back of back to back wins and will be high on confidence going into this epic clash. The game at Trent Bridge will be an epic clash with both the sides giving their 100 percent to keep the winning run going. Despite that, going by the current form and dominance in ODI cricket, India will have a little advantage over New Zealand when they take the field at Taunton.