India Vs New Zealand: With the forecast of rain throughout today, the only two undefeated sides are in a face off
As things stand at this World Cup, the India New Zealand fixture at Trent Bridge has shaped up as the contest to decide the only remaining unbeaten team of the tournament.
There is a great chance of both Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson escaping their first losses together, given that the forecast for Thursday is far from promising.
Analysing the teams
The Indian team’s alternative strategy in the absence of an injured Shikhar Dhawan will be put through a stern test by a feisty New Zealand attack ready to ask a few probing questions if the weather does not play spoilsport.
Black Caps seam attack is ready to make life difficult for a new opening pair that is likely to feature KL Rahul at the top alongside Rohit Sharma.
Rohit Sharma (Batsman)
Rohit Sharma has been impressive so far with a century and half-century in two games. He is back in the form which is no less than good news for India.
Yuzvendra Chahal (Bowler)
The spin leader of India is in great form as in the first World Cup match against South Africa he took four crucial wickets and provided the base for his team’s victory. Chahal took two crucial wickets, which helped India stop David Warner for 56 and Glenn Maxwell for 28 in the second match against Australia.
Jasprit Bumrah (Bowler)
Ranked at number one, the Indian paceman returned with figures of 2-35 and 3-61 against South Africa and Australia, respectively, in its first two World Cup matches. Apart from his wicket-taking skills, he is very economical in the death overs.
While all the focus and attention has been on favourites England and India, the resurgence of Australia and the batting firepower of the West Indies, another team has gone about their business very clinically with an unbeaten record in the World Cup 2019 so far.
New Zealand announced themselves with a bang with a thumping 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka chasing 137 within 17 overs. Though they were pushed against Bangladesh, they registered a comprehensive win over Afghanistan.
Ross Taylor (Batsman)
Taylor is the seventh Kiwi cricketer to play in his fourth and last World Cup.
New Zealand depends mostly on Taylor if their top-order fails to give a good kick-start. The right-hander scored 71 against India in a World Cup warm-up match. Taylor played a knock of 82 runs against Bangladesh in a World Cup match.
Trent Boult (Bowler)
During the World Cup warm-up matches, he returned with four scalps against both India and West Indies in the first and second practice game, respectively. Boult returned with two wickets in a World Cup match against Bangladesh.
New Zealand have all their bases covered and have a world class unit capable of going all the way.
But Wait there, If Kiwis are a world class unit, Men in Blue too have the undisputable power to triumph them