Our prediction is India will win the match!
Indian team is looking in excellent form and momentum with two clinical wins over Australia and South Africa so far. Their batting unit performed superbly to post a massive score of 352 runs against Australia. Shikhar Dhawan led the charge with his hundred and was well supported by Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma`s half-centuries. MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, and KL Rahul scored some quick runs with lusty blows in the last ten overs.
In fact, they combined to score 86 runs off just 44 balls. Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar are right on target from the start and are not giving away any easy runs. They both have 5 wickets each so far in the tournament. Yuzvendra Chahal has been attacking the batsmen in the middle overs and taking important wickets at crucial times. Kuldeep Yadav has not threatened to take wickets but is economical with the ball. Hardik Pandya has been the fifth bowler for India and is showing good ability to bowl 10 overs consistently. Shikar Dhawan is ruled out of CWC 2019 due to his thumb injury in the match against Australia.
New Zealand is having a dream start to the tournament with three easy wins over Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan respectively. The match against India will be their first real test in this World Cup. Kiwi openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro after their fifties in their opening match and are yet to make a big score in next two matches. Skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor have scored the bulk of runs for the team so far. Their middle order is hugely untested, and they will be up against the likes of Indian wrist spinners in this match.
New Zealand bowlers have bowled out oppositions for scores less than 250 runs in the three matches and never allowed any pressure on the batting unit. Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, and James Neesham has taken wickets consistently and are in top 10 wicket takers list of the tournament so far. Trent Boult will be their bowling spearhead and he will take the confidence from his spell against India in the practice match.
Rohit Sharma – Rohit Sharma has scored a century and half-century in the two matches played so far. He looks in good touch and with a batting friendly Trent Bridge pitch, he will look to put a massive score on board.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar – Bhuvaneshwar Kumar showed his class with the ball in the last match and took three crucial wickets. His opening spell of 5-0-12-0 disrupted David Warner`s rhythm and he came back to claim Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis wickets in a single over to seal the match.
Rohit Sharma – 179 runs, Avg. - Strike rate – 84, 100s-1, 50s-1
Yuzvendra Chahal – 6 wickets, Economy – 5.7 RPO, BB - 4/51
Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni (Wk), Kedhar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar/Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
Kane Williamson – Williamson has scores of 40 & 79* in the two matches, he batted against Bangladesh and Afghanistan respectively. The skipper needs to play a huge role in middle overs to negate the spin threat from the Indian team.
Trent Boult – Boult has been overshadowed by his fellow seam bowlers this tournament. Boult is an excellent swing bowler and he needs to take wickets early in the match to stop the Indian batting line-up from scoring big.
Ross Taylor– 130 runs, Avg. - 65, Strike rate – 91, HS-88*, 50s-1
Lockie Ferguson – 8 wickets, Economy – 3.9 RPO, BB – 4/37
Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Colin de Grandhomme, Colin Munro, Trent Boult, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson
Trent Bridge is an excellent batting pitch and batsmen will enjoy batting on this paradise. Trent Bridge has been a nightmare for bowlers with World record scores hauled twice here recently. But, the new ball might wing and bounce and aid the faster bowlers early in the match. We can expect scores over 350 runs on this pitch. The weather on the match day looks very cloudy with 40% chances of rain as per the forecast.
Teams will look to bat first and post a big score on board at the Trent Bridge pitch. Both Pakistan and Australia achieved victories over England and West Indies in a similar fashion. Chasing a big target may become in big tournaments like the World Cup.
The Indian team has put a complete performance in both their matches played so far with their batting and bowling units in good form and rhythm. Every player is contributing to the team and they are looking like a team to beat in the tournament.
Kiwis have brushed aside the lower ranked teams Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka so far, but India will be a huge challenge for them. We expect the Indian team to win this contest.
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