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ICC World Cup 2019: Match 18, India vs New Zealand, Match Prediction – Weather Report, Pitch Conditions, Playing XIs and Live Streaming Details

Both teams are unbeaten in the mega event.

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

After winning their first three matches, New Zealand is sitting pretty at the top of the points table in the 2019 World Cup. Bangladesh gave them a run for their money at the Kennington Oval, but apart from that, the Black Caps have been clinical. In their last game, the Kiwis beat Afghanistan by seven wickets in Taunton. The team is next scheduled to lock horns with India at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

In the warm-ups, New Zealand won the battle and they’ll be looking to come out trumps even this time. The Men in Blue, have been dominating as well. Virat Kohli’s men thrashed South Africa by six wickets and then defeated Australia by 36 runs. However, they are reeling from a few injury concerns from the start of the practice games. The teams will be facing in the World Cup after 16 years.

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Weather Report

The chances of rain are extremely high throughout the day. And the intensity of the downpour isn’t expected to go down during any stage of the match. Hence, there could be a washout in tomorrow’s game. The atmosphere will be extremely cold with the temperature as low as eight degrees Celsius. The humidity will be in the 80s and 90s.

Pitch Report

Over the last few years, the pitch in Nottingham has been an absolute belter. Bowlers haven’t had much to cheer while bowling on the strip. However, in this World Cup, the pacers have generated a significant amount of pace and bounce, troubling the batsmen. Teams are most likely to field first after winning the toss and take advantage of the overcast conditions.

Playing combinations

India

On Tuesday, Shikhar Dhawan developed a thumb injury and the left-hander won’t be taking part in the encounter. KL Rahul is the most likely candidate to open with Rohit Sharma, who is in good form having already scored a century. Dhawan’s place in the eleven is most likely to be taken by either Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar. Both Karthik and Shankar had a torrid time in the warm-ups.

Hardik Pandya may again bat higher up the order if India gets off to an excellent start. MS Dhoni has also looked ominous with the bat in hand. In the bowling department, Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar have done an excellent job. Yuzvendra Chahal is also amongst the wickets. Kuldeep Yadav hasn’t quite come into his own but has the potential. Mohammed Shami is most likely to warm the bench.

Probable XI

KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Dinesh Karthik/Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.

New Zealand

The Kiwis may bring in Henry Nicholls, replacing Colin Munro, who has blown a tad hot and cold in the mega event. Martin Guptill also floundered after his fifty in the first match. Captain Kane hasn’t been rash in his strokeplay and taken his time in getting his eye in. Ross Taylor is in jaw-dropping form and the right-handed batsman is expected to be a key player in the upcoming encounter.

Tom Latham, after returning from a finger injury, will be keen to get a good score under his belt. James Neesham picked his maiden ODI fifer last time and would be high on confidence. Colin de Grandhomme is the other all-rounder while Santner needs to play his role as well. Lockie Ferguson’s pace is an X-factor for the Kiwis. Trent Boult and Matt Henry are most likely to share the new balls.

Probable XI

Martin Guptill, Colin Munro/Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.

Probable Top Performer

KL Rahul – India  | Ross Taylor – New Zealand

Broadcast Details

TV – Star Sports

Online– Hotstar

Match Timings – 15:00 IST; 10:30 local

The prediction is for India to win the match.

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