IND & NZ battle for points table supremacy today
2019-06-13 at 13:33
The Two unbeaten sides of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, New Zealand and India will clash in the 18th game of the ODI showpiece event in Nottingham today.
The expected high-scoring encounter is scheduled to begin at 1500 Sri Lanka time.
New Zealand led by Kane Williamson was ruthless against Sri Lanka in the opener, decisive against Bangladesh and then against Afghanistan displayed the versatility of the squad.
The Blackcaps have secured all six points on offer so far, and sit on top of the Points Table. Batters have been authoritative against their lowly-placed opponents in England and Wales.
Trent Boult, Jimmy Neesham, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry have all impressed with the new ball and injured Tim Southee has not been missed during the three encounters.
While the form of key players Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Ferguson has been pleasing, the impending returns of Henry Nicholls and Southee leave the selectors with a few headaches against the Indians tomorrow.
As for the Indians, they look equally impressive.
The Virat Kohli-led team made short work of South Africa and then comfortably outscored the Defending Champions Australia in the second game.
Arguably, they possess the best top five at the tournament and in Jasprit Bumrah, they have the best limited-overs bowler on the planet.
Shikhar Dawan’s injury has however dented India’s forward momentum with selectors forced to change the winning combination against the best team in the tournament yet.
India’s top order is the heart of their side, but it suffers often when the ball moves around.
Among the things to watch out tomorrow will be India’s playing XI now that Dhawan is ruled out, and with the rain playing a part in, Virat Kohli’s record against New Zealand.
Rohit Sharma has scored a century while other batters have made useful knocks, Yuzvendra Chahal has been picking wickets and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bumrah have unsettle their opponents but tomorrow’s encounter will be the first big test for two-time Champions Title credentials.
The Blackcaps’ push towards the World Cup semi-finals also faces its toughest test to date, but Rain is forecast for Nottingham throughout the day.
The Trent Bridge deck has produced world record totals and if weather permits, the fans will be treated to a high scoring spectacle.
The clash of the New Zealand bowlers and Indians batters will today reveal who is on prime position to reach the 2019 Cricket World Cup semi-finals.
Prediction: New Zealand to remain unbeaten