India vs New Zealand, Match 18 Prediction 13 Jun 2019

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

India vs New Zealand, Match 18 Prediction


Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Trent Bridge, Nottingham


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Trent Bridge, Nottingham

IND vs NZ Prediction

Manish Khorgade

 ?India and New Zealand won all their earlier games played so far in the ongoing tournament. India won two games while New Zealand won three.

?India won 9 out of last 15 matches against New Zealand; including the 4-1 ODI series win earlier this year.

?Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah are currently number one ranked batsman and bowler in ODI.

?New Zealand beat India in the warm-up game very comprehensively by 6 wickets. 

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Match Preview

India put a very dominant performance against Australia in the previous game. They ticked all the boxes to get their second win in the tournament by 36 runs. Shikhar Dhawan was back in the groove with his brilliant knock of 117 runs. However, He has been ruled out for the next three weeks after suffering thumb injury in the last match. It is a massive blow for India. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli also played very impact inning in last game and will look to carry on with their form. The bowlers were also much disciplined in defending the score. Both Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked 3 wickets, while Yuzvendra Chahal also scalped 2 crucial wickets. After an all-around performance in the last two games, men in blue will be high on confidence and they will be looking to break New Zealand winning streak.

Last edition world cup finalists, New Zealand have been building up their success in their tournament with their aggressive and disciplined bowling. They bowled out the opponent in all their first three games. Kiwis won the last game convincingly by seven wickets against Afghanistan. The start performer and man of the match, Jimmy Neesham picked five for 31. In the chase, skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor batted beautifully. For the Kiwis, experienced Ross Taylor's form will be a huge boost. They won their first three games against three of the four lowest ranked teams in the tournament. But Kiwis skills will be strongly tested against challenging Indian team. They need to be very clinical in all facets of the game against India to aim their fourth win of the tournament in a row.

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In the absence of injured Shikhar Dhawan, India is relying heavily on current ICC top two ranked batsmen– Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to score most of the runs. Rohit Sharma is India’s biggest positive so far in the tournament, he scored unbeaten 122 in the first game and crucial inning of 63 in last game. Arguably, one of the finest batsmen in ODI Virat Kohli will be the biggest threat for opponent. He possesses solid technique and has all the shots in his repertoire. He has scored five century against Kiwis in 22 ODI innings and an average above 68. 

K L Rahul is likely to open the inning with Rohit Sharma. Dinesh Kartik or Vijay Shankar expected to play at number four position. Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni were also played a good impressive inning in the last game. They are a good hitter of the ball and can take the game away from any opponent.  

Bowling duo Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar look impressive in the tournament. Collectively, they picked 10 wickets in the first two games. They possess great ability to take early breakthroughs in the power play well as in the final overs. New Zealand top order will be seriously tested against this bowling duo in power play. Yuzvendra Chahal is the leading wicket-taker for India in the tournament, with 6 wickets in two games. He possesses great skills to deceive the world-class batsman and provide a key breakthrough in the middle overs.  

India Predicted Playing XI

Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik/ Vijay Shnakar MS Dhoni (wk), Kedhar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav/Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

New Zealand

Arguably, the best player of spin bowling in the Kiwi set-up, Kane Williamson's skill and experience would come in handy against Indian wrist spinner in the middle overs. The New Zealand skipper would look to anchor the innings as the other batsmen will try to exploit the short boundaries at Trent Bridge. Veteran batsman Ross Taylor has been in the magnificent form of late and will be a vital cog in New Zealand batting line-up. He is currently third-ranked ICC ODI ranking batsman. He holds great record against India, scored 1117 runs in 30 innings at an average of 41.37. Explosive opener batsman, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro failed to make an impact in the last game. They would be keen to pose a solid barrier up front against lethal Indian bowling. New Zealand has an impressive stock of fast bowlers – Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson. The bowling trio, also amongst the top wicket-takers in the tournament thus far. Mat Henry and Lockie Ferguson collectively picked 15 wickets in first three games. Trent Boult is currently the No. 2 ranked bowler on the MRF Tyres ICC Bowling Rankings, and he is likely to relish the responsibility of restricting the powerful Indian batting line-up.  Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner also offer useful variety in the bowling.

New Zealand Predicted Playing XI

Kane Williamson (capt), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ross Taylor

Pitch And Weather Conditions

According to the AccuWeather, the chances of rain are more than 45 percent when the game gets underway in Nottingham. The cloud cover will be in the range of 50-60% throughout. Trent Bridge is a high scoring venue with a pretty flat wicket on offer. However, the overcast conditions expected can put the brakes on the scoring and make the wicket much slower. Short boundaries at this venue will make things difficult for the bowlers. Bowlers need to use variety and sharp bouncers very precisely to put a lid on the runs. 481 is the highest Batting score at this venue, while 314 is the average. Out of the last 25 completed ODIs at the venue, 14 matches went in favour of the team, batting second. 

Toss Prediction

We expect the team winning toss will definitely wish to bat second at this venue.

Winning Prediction

Both the teams are extremely balanced and also got firepower in their side. Also, they possess top-ranked batsmen and bowler in the team. Skipper Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson, arguably, one of the finest batsmen of ODI and they are very good in anchoring the inning. Both teams will aim to maintain consistency. However, statically India holds the upper hand, as they got good win record against Kiwis in recent times. We expect it to be an exciting contest but India will have an advantage considering their recent form.

We predict India will win this match based on the recent performances.


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