The teams evenly split eight one-day internationals this year but India openly admitted they was preparing for the World Cup, and showed how brilliant their planning was by dominating the defending champions all over the park.
India won the toss, chose to bat, and paced their innings superbly, starting slowly and finishing in a rush to make 352-5. Shikhar Dhawan hit his third World Cup century, 117, and combined in an opening stand of 127 with Rohit Sharma. Captain Virat Kohli added 82.
Weather expected to play spoilsport yet again
Heavy rain threatens to play spoilsport when India face New Zealand in their next World Cup game at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
However, as per weather forecast, the rain is likely to subside by lunchtime on Thursday which means at least a curtailed game remains a possibility.
There have been persistent showers across the United Kingdom for the past two days and the local Met department has issued a warning for the residents. “A Yellow Warning for rain is in force in the Nottingham area for most of this week,” the Nottingham Post reported.
The Met office’s warning on its website covered a large area of England, including Birmingham, Peterborough and Newcastle. “There is a chance that heavy prolonged rain could lead to localised flooding and disruption to transport,” it said.
As per local Met Office weather forecast for Nottingham, the heavy rain will continue till 7 pm on Wednesday.
Shikhar Dhawan picks up injury in heroic innings
India on Tuesday put Dhawan under observation over a hand injury that could sideline the batsman for at least two weeks at the World Cup.
Dhawan led India to their second win of the 50-over tournament with his 117 against holders Australia on Sunday, but the opener took a hit near the thumb during the innings and didn’t come out to field at the Oval.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India did not reveal the extent of Dhawan’s injury, but said the left-hander will stay with the team after rumours he would have to be replaced.
“Mr Dhawan sustained an injury on the back of his left hand in the region between the index finger and thumb during the CWC 2019 league match against Australia,” the statement added.
Team physio Patrick Farhart is assessing Dhawan’s injury after the batsman was taken to Leeds for detailed scans.
Dhawan suffered the injury as a result of a nasty blow from a rising delivery by Australia paceman Pat Cummins in the early phase of his innings but went on to complete his 17th one-day international century.
Dhawan, however, played no further part in the match after his dismissal, with substitute Ravindra Jadeja taking the field in his place as India comfortably defended their total of 352 for five to complete a 36-run victory.
Meanwhile, rising star Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu are on the BCCI’s official stand-by list in case a replacement for Dhawan is needed.
Reports from India suggest Pant, who missed out on making the 15-man World Cup squad, is expected to fly in as cover for Dhawan.
India will start as favourites in the game against New Zealand in Nottingham despite losing a warm-up match to the Black Caps last month.
New Zealand off to winning start
A seven-wicket victory against Afghanistan on Saturday gave New Zealand three wins from three games to start the tournament, and consigned Afghanistan to their third straight loss.
For New Zealand, it was the bowling depth that proved crucial, with change bowlers Jimmy Neesham (5-31) and Lockie Ferguson (4-37) reining in the Afghan innings after Hazrat Zazai (34) and Noor Ali Zadran (31) got away to a flyer.
The New Zealand chase was less dramatic, despite the innings-opening loss of Guptill to Aftab Alam’s first ball of the tournament.
Kane Williams led the way with an unbeaten 79, including an 89-run third-wicket partnership Ross Taylor (48) as New Zealand reached 173-3 in the 33rd over.
Williamson said the performance was an improvement on the previous two wins and his Black Caps were building nicely for their next match in Nottingham against 2011 champion India. He credited Neesham with making a big difference.
“He bowled some beautiful deliveries today and broke a crucial partnership at the top of the order for us and deserves all the credit that he’ll get for a five-for, which is outstanding,” Williamson said, adding, “we, without a doubt, know how talented the Afghanistan side is … very savvy as well, very cagey in how they operate. So it was a really good performance from us today.”
It will be a clash of giants when India take on New Zealand in the World Cup encounter on Thursday. Both teams have made an unbeaten start to their campaign and a win for either of them will make them surge ahead in the race for the semi-final spots.
We take a look at five key player battles that might decide the outcome of the game in Nottingham.
Trent Boult vs Rohit Sharma
Trent Boult will certainly be the biggest threat as far as New Zealand are concerned for India. Boult, who has one of the best ODI records since the 2015 World Cup, wrecked havoc in the warm-up tie against India where there was some swing on offer. Rohit Sharma has been in fine form since the World Cup has started but he has a tendency to struggle against left-arm pacers, especially early in the innings with the ball coming into him. If he can tackle Boult’s threat early on, then the hitman can certainly go on to make another big score but he will certainly find it tough against one of the best swing bowlers in the world – Trent Boult.
Lockie Ferguson vs Virat Kohli
Another key battle to look out for will be the one between paceman Lockie Ferguson and Indian captain Virat Kohli. Ferguson is known for his pace and can hurry the batsmen into false shots. He has already sparked a war of words, saying India will be under pressure to win all their games. He will certainly find his match in captain Kohli, who isn’t afraid of a contest in the middle. Kohli roared back to form in style against Australia with a fluent 82. However, he is yet to score a ton in this World Cup and that is something he would like to correct in the game against New Zealand.
MS Dhoni vs Mitchell Santner
Dhoni has started the World Cup really well which is good news for India. However, he seems to struggle a bit against the slower bowlers, especially early in his innings. Santner is one of the smartest spinners and is known to beat the batsman with his guile and drift. He might not be the sharpest turner of the ball but he does use the angles at the crease and changes his pace to trouble the batsman. The fact that he plays with Dhoni at Chennai Super Kings means he would have bowled a lot to him in the nets. That can both be an advantage as well as a disadvantage. Santner will be looking to use that knowledge to get Dhoni early, which will certainly help the Kiwis gain an advantage and expose India’s lower middle-order.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar vs Martin Guptill
Martin Guptill has been one of New Zealand’s finest white-ball players in recent times. His records speak for themselves, however he has failed to step up against India in the recent past. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been India’s finest new ball bowlers and with cloudy conditions expected, he will relish taking on Guptill. He will be looking to remove the opener early and dent Blackcaps’ chances of getting off to a flying start. Bhuvneshwar has been India’s wicket-taker with the new ball and he will be looking to make some early inroads into the strong Kiwi batting line-up.
Jasprit Bumrah vs Kane Williamson
Bumrah has been India’s ace paceman and is considered the best white-ball bowler by many around the world. However, he will certainly be up against it when he faces Kane Williamson. Williamson is known for his calm head and is a steadying influence for New Zealand in the middle-overs. The Blackcaps rely heavily on their captain for scoring big runs and for bailing them out in tough situations. Kohli will certain look to attack him early and Bumrah can be a good option with the new ball. If he can get New Zealand’s best batsman early then India will already have half the job done in the game.
ICC World Cup 2019, Match 18: India vs New Zealand Live streaming details
Date and Day: June 13, 2019, Thursday.
Place: Trent Bridge Stadium, Nottingham
Time: 3:00 pm IST, 10:30 am local time
The World Cup 2019 India vs New Zealand match live streaming will be available live on Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 with English Commentary and Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD with Hindi Commentary. The live streaming of the World Cup 2019 India vs New Zealand match will be available on Hotstar.
India world cup squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan.
New Zealand world cup squad: Kane Williamson (captain), Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell (wk).