India Vs New Zealand Match Prediction : The Sportsrush presents before you the Match Prediction of India vs New Zealand in the first of their two warm-up encounters in Cricket World cup 2019.
India Vs New Zealand Probable Winner
We’ve been waiting for the Indian team to get their World Cup campaign underway since a long time and the wait is set to come to an end on Saturday. After a period of more than two months, the Indian cricket team will once again be stepping out on the international stage to ply their trade and show why they’re being considered as the frontline unit to win the cup.
The first glimpses of the Indian team will be visible to us tomorrow when the Asian power packed performers take on New Zealand. Both countries last indulged in international cricket when they squared off against each other in New Zealand in an ODI and T20 series. And if the competitive and feisty nature of that series is anything to go by, this match is set to be a thriller.
What the warm-up match affords India is the stupendous opportunity to nail down on the number 4 spot and their spinning options. Vijay Shankar, KL Rahul or Kedar Jadhav is still the biggest issue at hand alongside if Ravindra Jadeja will be imbedded into the playing XI in place of Yuzvendra Chahal.
On the other hand, New Zealand themselves have a few issues to address. They’ll be looking to give wicket-keeper Tom Blundell some playing time with the world cup set to be his first ever match for New Zealand. Also, the batting order will be played around with to see who best to fit into the lower middle-order which has shown signs of tumbling recently.
Previous Encounters between India and New Zealand
The two sides have contested in a massive 106 matches till day with the numbers telling it’s always been a battle among equals. India just about have the upper hand with 55 wins to their name as exposed to 45 for New Zealand. 5 matches have ended in draws while the one was abandoned.
Most recently, the Indian cricket team had visited New Zealand where they had come away with a comprehensive showing. For the first time since 2009, the country had defeated New Zealand in New Zealand in an ODI series with a clinical performance that saw the team record a 4-1 triumph. New Zealand were triumphant in the sole fourth ODI where they blew apart India to dismiss them for a meagre 92.
The previous encounter slated to be played on it between England and Pakistan was curtailed due to murky weather conditions. The last ODI to be featured on it was in June 2018 between England and Australia where Australia were skittled out for 214 after England’s bowlers unleashed a carnage.
It’s traditionally been a ground where the bowlers have enjoyed their stay with the average first innings score a lowly 247. However, ECB have promised this world cup to break all scoring barriers and we expect the surface to be much improved for batting. A score around 280 while batting first looks likely with the side winning the toss looking to bat first.
Jasprit Bumrah Vs Kane Williamson
He’s highly touted as the world’s leading pace bowler and India will heavily rely on the services of Jasprit Bumrah to take them all the way. His ability to massively deviate the ball and mix up deliveries in both the first 10 overs of the powerplay and towards the death stage has been him become someone extremely difficult to work around.
In Kane Williamson, Jasprit Bumrah will probably be encountering one of his toughest adversary’s at the world cup. The New Zealand captain has an undoubtable skillet, one that sees him keep his intent in check before eventually building out an innings and opening his arms. This battle is pertinent not only from the outlook of the match but also holds importance in the longer spectre of things.
Virat Kohli Vs Trent Boult
Boult may have endured an average world cup but his cracker of a spell in the fourth ODI against India will be fresh on the Indian contingent’s mind. Without a doubt one of the best operators of the white ball in international cricket, Boult is New Zealand’s own Bumrah.
If New Zealand are to go on a fruitful spree this tournament, Boult will need to be on the money for them and pitch the ball in all the right areas. He perhaps couldn’t get a better batsman than Virat Kohli to send down some deliveries at and determine where to shape the ball up to pick up wickets at regular intervals this tournament. It’s also going to be good batting practice for Kohli, facing up against a pacer who truly epitomises the art of bowling with the new ball.
Match Prediction between India vs New Zealand
The New Zealand squad is brimming with some outstanding and exceptional players which definitely make them one of the sides to watch out in the expansive tournament. With the likes of Trent Boult, Kane Williamson, Colin de Grandhomme and Colin Munro in their line-up, it’s a squad which indulges in wordclass names who can get past the finishing line against any opponent.
However in India, they face someone who is just that much better than them. Coming into the world cup as the second ranked side in the tournament, India are one of the frontrunners for the cup and rightly so. It’s a well rounded side, one that should get past New Zealand on the day and continue their recent dominance against the country.
India World cup Squad
Virat Kohli (capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav
New Zealand World Cup Squad
Kane Williamson (capt), Tom Blundell (wk), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor
ICC ODI Cricket World Cup Warm-Up Match, India Vs New Zealand
Date And Time: 25th May, Saturday- 3:00pm IST
Venue: Kennington Oval, London
Television: Star Sports 1, 2/HD