Having won all their opening matches so far, both India and New Zealand will look to stamp their authority, when they will face off each other in match no. 18 of the ICC World Cup 2019 at the Trent Bridge on June 13 (Thursday). Virat Kohli and Co. put up a clinical show against the defending champions Australia in their previous game, posting a mammoth total of 352/5 and sealing the match by 36 runs. Shikhar Dhawan scored yet another century at the oval, his 117-run knock, including 127-run opening stand guided India’s gritty total. However, he picked up an injury in the same match and has been ruled out of the tournament for three weeks, giving India a huge blow ahead of their next crucial outings.
Facing them are the Kiwis, who are currently on top of the points table with winning all three opening matches. Their all three victories came against the teams such as Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, but it is going to be a real challenge for Kane Williamson and Co. when they will take on Virat’s men. However, they did defeat the Men in Blue in a warm-up game by six wickets, where their pacers ran a riot against Indian batsmen, bowling them out to just 179 runs in 39.2 overs. Moreover, their pace unit has been in a sensational form and Dhawan-less batting line-up has to be wary of it, where the conditions are expected to be bowler-friendly.
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Meanwhile, let’s have a look at the key battles to watch out for the India-New Zealand clash at the Trent Bridge on June 13 (Thursday): 1.Trent Boult vs KL Rahul:
With Dhawan ruled out, we might see KL Rahul opening the innings with Rohit Sharma for next few matches in the tournament. Rahul, who filled India’s loophole of no.4 batsmen, won’t be having an easy outing as an opener against the Kiwis bowling, consisting of Trent Boult. New Zealand pace spearhead Boult has always been a threat to Indian openers and we already saw him destroying India’s top order in the warm-up match, will he replicate the same performance? Moreover, it is going to be an overcast condition in Nottingham, which is definitely going to favour Boult. It would be interesting to see with what tactics …read more
Source:: Daily Times