On Thursday, Team India will be locking horns with New Zealand and both of them are the two undefeated teams in ICC World Cup 2019 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. The Kiwis are leading the points table with 6 points from 3 matches. The Black Caps opened their campaign, crushing Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in Cardiff in their World Cup 2019 opener. New Zealand was then tested by Bangladesh still managed to register a 2-wicket win after huffing and puffing to a 245-run target.
Kane Williamson and his men are heading into their first big test of World Cup, 5 days after their comfortable 7-match win over Afghanistan. On the other hand, men in blue started their World Cup campaign with two dominant performances. After thrashing South Africa in Southampton, India also defeated the defending champions, Australia on Sunday at The Oval.
Trent Bridge has traditionally earned the reputation to be a swing bowler’s Paradise. The bouncy, dry pitch matched with the strong winds have led to this reputation. The low average runs scored at the venue (208) is a testament of that. Here are some of the predictions for the game:
India is mourning about the thumb injury to Shikhar Dhawan. KL Rahul is expected to open the innings for the Indian team along with Rohit Sharma. It has also been expected that Vijay Shankar will be included in the playing XI as Dhawan’s replacement. However, Team India might beef up their pace bowling department by bringing Mohammed Shami in after which they might play Ravindra Jadeja as their only spinner.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Dinesh Karthik/Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah
Although the Black Caps are expected to go ahead with an unchanged line-up, Henry Nicholls can replace Colin Munro at the top of the order. They have a strong middle-order with Williamson and Ross Taylor in the squad with Tom Latham also coming back. Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson can also be expected to play a crucial rule against the Indian batting line-up.
Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro/Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson
Fantasy XI Prediction
MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, James Neesham, Hardik Pandya (vc), Jasprit Bumrah,Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson.