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ICC World Cup 2019, Match 18: India vs New Zealand – Fantain Fantasy Cricket Tips

Here is all you need to read for both the teams before picking your Fantain XI.

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James Neesham. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Rains have been visiting the cricket grounds more often than necessary. The match between India and New Zealand scheduled for 13th June might be a rain-interrupted game as well. Showers might reduce during the day and the match might be restricted to reduced overs. Pick a lineup that has players who would smash 4’s and 6’s. Also, include 3 pacers at least. Here is all you need to read for both the teams before picking your Fantain XI

Team News:

India

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Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out for the next few matches, thanks to a fractured thumb. But the lineup is not without backup. While KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma can open, Kohli, Dinesh Karthik/Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, and Dhoni can strengthen the middle order. Pacers B Kumar and Bumrah along with spinners Kuldeep and Chahal will form the rest of the team.

All in all, India is looking at the Trophy with high expectations.

Possible XI:

MS Dhoni (wk), Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Dinesh Karthik / Vijay Shankar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kedar Jadhav / R Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Lokesh Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya

New Zealand

New Zealand has defeated Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. India might be the first team this World Cup to truly challenge their place at the top of the table.

If they make any changes to their winning combination, it might be to replace Munro who has not quite delivered his potential. Henry Nicholls might find a game in this match.

Blundell deserves to be in too but they might not want to start his first ODI against India.

Possible XI:

Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Colin de Grandhomme, Colin Munro / Henry N, Trent Boult, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson

Top Picks

Rohit Sharma: In the absence of smasher Dhawan, there might be more pressure on fellow opener Sharma to ensure that the middle order does not have to take too much pressure.

Martin Guptill: He has hit only 98 runs in three matches, but things might change against India. He is the player to watch out for in this match.

Chahal: Lead wicket taker of India, Chahal has managed to penetrate through the flat surface of the British. He is key to your Fantain Fantasy Lineup.

Ferguson: He has taken 8 wickets and given away only 99 runs. With a 4-fer to his credit, Ferguson could be dangerous to India.

Our recommendation

Batsmen

Rohit Sharma

Martin Guptill

Ross Taylor

Kane Williamson

Bowlers

L Ferguson

Henry

Chahal

All-Rounders

Neesham

Hardik Pandya

Wicket-Keeper

Dhoni

Latham

This is our Fantain Fantasy XI but you’re the real expert.

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