India vs New Zealand: Key battles to watch out for
India will face a stern test when they take on an in-form New Zealand in match number 18 of the ICC World Cup 2019. Both teams have a 100% win record in 2019 World Cup so far and that makes this tie even more interesting. There are several star players in the mix. Here are the key battles in store for everyone.
Trent Boult can outsmart Rohit Sharma with his swing
With rainfall predicted at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham, pacers could benefit from the overcast conditions. These conditions make someone like a Trent Boult even more lethal. The Master of Swing can trouble Rohit Sharma, who has issues against the ball coming in after being pitched on the middle stump. He has been dismissed 23 times by left-arm pacers in 202 ODI innings.
Ferguson versus Kohli promises to be an exciting battle
Lockie Ferguson has bowled well so far in CWC 19. The fast bowler will be eyeing the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli. Ferguson will look to target the right areas outside the off stump and tease Kohli with his pace and variations. Meanwhile, Kohli will be looking to gain the momentum and he can be menacing for Ferguson with his stroke-play and range.
Chahal can test New Zealand's most threatening pair
Yuzvendra Chahal has given a strong account of himself so far in World Cup. He has done well in the middle and got those key batsmen out. Against the Kiwis, his role will be to trump the likes of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. Both these batsmen are excellent players of spin. They are enjoying good form as well. A close contest is expected.
Bumrah will be eyeing Guptill's scalp
Jasprit Bumrah can set the stage alive with his brilliance upfront. The in-form pacer has bowled with great pace and energy so far. He will be targeting Martin Guptill's wicket in particular. Guptill has the tendency to be over aggressive atop and Bumrah will be looking to fox him. The Kiwi opener is a dangerous customer once set.
An intense battle on the cards at Trent Bridge
The match is set to start at 3:00 PM IST. It remains to be seen if rain disrupts the game. India go into the match as the favorites. Meanwhile, Kiwis are a dangerous prospect especially with their sound bowling on offer.