India and New Zealand will look to keep their winning momentum going when they face-off against each other in this 18th game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The match will be played on June 13 at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Live telecast is scheduled to begin at 10:30 AM local time.
IND vs NZ, ICC CWC 2019: Where to watch/Live streaming
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IND vs NZ Toss Prediction
There could be plenty of rain-interruptions which means it won't be easy for the team batting first to set up a total. So despite four of the last seven completed one-day internationals played at the Trent Bridge having been won by the side batting first, the team that wins the toss here on Thursday is more likely to bowl first.
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and predictions for India vs New Zealand, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019...
India Team News & Playing 11
IND Team News
India have been dealt a big blow as Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the World Cup for three weeks due to a fractured thumb. The opening batsman sustained the injury while batting in the last match against Australia. Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik are the two probable replacement options for Dhawan and one of them will have to bat at number four as KL Rahul is likely to partner Rohit Sharma at the opening position. Since overcast conditions are expected at the Trent Bridge, India may consider bringing in Mohammed Shami in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
IND Key Players
With a century and a half-century in the two respective matches, Rohit Sharma is currently India's leading run-getter in this World Cup 2019. And with Shikhar Dhawan out of action for three weeks, the onus will be on him to provide a good start to the Indian innings. Virat Kohli continues to hold his position as the world's best ODI batsman. The skipper is coming off a fine knock of 82 against Australia and he will look to follow that up with another strong performance. MS Dhoni's calmness at the crease and Hardik Pandya's brute force will be crucial in the middle order.
Yuzvendra Chahal has been India's top performer with the ball so far with six wickets in two games. The leg-spinner derailed the South African innings with a four-wicket haul and picked up two key Australian scalps last time. Jasprit Bumrah, the world's best ODI bowler, along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be the bigger threats since conditions will be conducive to seam bowling. Both have taken five wickets apiece and that too at very healthy economy rates of under 5.
IND Recent Form
India have won 10 out of the 15 one-day internationals they have played so far this year. They lost to Australia 2-3 in a five-match ODI series at home before coming into the World Cup. They have won their first two encounters in the tournament rather convincingly and are currently placed third on the CWC 2019 points table with four points. After beating South Africa by six wickets in their campaign opener at Southampton, India got the better of Australia by 36 runs at London in their last game.
New Zealand have no injury concerns heading into this game. They have not felt the need to make any changes to their line-up since their campaign opener against Sri Lanka and it won't be surprising if they go unchanged for the third consecutive time. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro will continue to open the batting while Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor will be batting at numbers three and four respectively. Trent Boult and Matt Henry are likely to share the new ball once again. Mitchell Santner is the lone spinner in this New Zealand side.
NZ Key Players
The top four - Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor - have all hit a half-century in this World Cup. Ross Taylor is ranked third in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen. The veteran scored 82 and 48 against Bangladesh and Afghanistan respectively and the Kiwis will be looking forward to another big knock from him. Kane Williamson has scores of 40 and 79* in his two innings and he will be expected to lead from the front again.
With the ball, Trent Boult will be the biggest hurdle for the Indian batting line-up. The fast bowler caused all sorts of problems for India in the pre-World Cup warm-up game and he is likely to finish with the best figures for New Zealand in these conditions. Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry have also been very impressive with eight and seven wickets respectively in the tournament. Ferguson is leading the wickets charts at an outstanding economy of 3.88 and he too can spell trouble for the Indian batsmen, especially if the conditions are overcast.
NZ Recent Form
New Zealand have been very impressive in the game's 50-over format over the last couple of years. They have won 10 out of their 14 one-day internationals this year including the last six straight. The Kiwis have made a perfect start to their World Cup campaign, winning each of their first three games, and are leading the league standings with six points. They decimated Sri Lanka by ten wickets in their opening game at Cardiff, then pipped Bangladesh by two wickets in a close encounter at London before brushing aside Afghanistan with a seven-wicket win at Taunton.
New Zealand Predicted Playing 11
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
IND : W W L L L
NZ : W W W W W
IND vs NZ Head to Head
India and New Zealand have played 106 one-day internationals against each other with the former winning 55 of those and the latter 45. One of those encounters has resulted in a tie while five have not produced any results.
The men in blue have won six of their last seven ODIs against the Black Caps which includes the dominant 4-1 series win when India toured New Zealand earlier this year in January-February.
The two countries have faced each other just once at the Trent Bridge in the fifty-over format of the game - at the 1999 World Cup - with New Zealand registering a convincing five-wicket win.
India vs New Zealand Betting Odds
Wins against two quality oppositions mean India walk into this match as favorites to win at 1.50 with Betway, 1.44 with Bet365 and 1.47 with Betrally. New Zealand find themselves as the bookmakers' underdogs and they are being offered at a higher price of 2.60 on Betway, 2.75 on Bet365 and 2.70 on Betrally.
India vs New Zealand Prediction
New Zealand crushed India when the two teams faced each other in a warm-up match before the start of the World Cup and the Kiwis have a big psychological advantage from that win. They also have plenty of momentum with them having won their first three matches on the bounce. However, all three of those encounters have come against weaker oppositions - Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. India, on the other hand, are coming on the back of impressive wins over two very strong contenders for the title - South Africa and Australia. The Black Caps have not been pushed much until now and it won't be wrong to say that their real World Cup campaign begins from this game.
India will dearly miss their opener Shikhar Dhawan who returned to full flow against the Aussies, but they still have enough firepower in the tank to overcome the New Zealand pace threat. This will be one of those contests in which the team that bats better will emerge victorious and India's superior batting strength makes them the favorites to win this battle.
Back India to beat New Zealand at 1.50 with Betway, 1.44 with Bet365 and 1.47 with Betrally.