In the 18th match of the ongoing ICC World Cup, two unbeaten sides will battle it out against each other. We are talking about the tournament favorites India and a surprising side, who always give their best in the competition, New Zealand.
The two sides are the only sides, who haven’t lost a single game in the current World Cup. New Zealand are currently on top of the points table with three wins and six points. India, on the other hand, are in the third position with two wins and four points.
The winner of this fixture will become the leader of the points table and that will also put that side in a comfortable position for the upcoming games. With India being the favorites to win the World Cup, the pressure will be more on them in comparison to the Black Caps.
However, there is one issue that might spoil this game for the two sides. Well, if you didn’t understand then we would like to tell you that there is a huge chances that this fixture will be affected by rain.
The rain has already spoiled three matches of the competition that has put many sides in a difficult position. If this fixture is also affected by rain, then both India and New Zealand will have to share one point each.
According to the current weather condition, there is a chance that the match might start a bit late but won’t be abandoned as the weather is supposed to be clear till midnight.
India (Probable XI): Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami.
New Zealand (Probable XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matthew Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
Rohit Sharma vs Lockie Ferguson
You must be wondering why we haven’t put Virat Kohli here in place of Rohit Sharma. Well, looking at the current form and the manner of playing. The Indian opener looks in better touch. Also, he has already scored a century on bowling supported pitch against South Africa.
This doesn’t mean that we are putting Virat Kohli out of the contest. The Indian skipper is a terrific batsman and he has evolved a lot since the last World Cup.
Rohit has been phenomenal batsman for India in recent times. The Indian batsman has scored 735 runs with an average of 52.50 in his last 15 ODIs. This has also made him the third highest run scorer in ODIs this year.
The New Zealand bowler, who might trouble Rohit under cloudy condition is Lockie Ferguson. The Kiwi pacer is currently leading the chart for most wickets in the ongoing World Cup. Ferguson has picked 8 wickets in three matches so far.
The Kiwi bowler has good pace and swing, which makes him a threat in this match. Also, the cloudy condition along with wind will help the bowler in bowling inswinger. This might help him in getting Rohit’s wicket, who always face an issue with the ball that comes inside.
Yuzvendra Chahal vs Kane Williamson
In recent times, Yuzvendra Chahal has turned out to be an asset for the Indian team in the middle overs. The Indian spinner has picked 22 wickets with an economy rate of 5.60 in his last 9 ODIs. This has also made him the fourth highest wicket-taker in ODIs this year.
Chahal is also the fourth highest wicket-taker in the ongoing World Cup with six wickets in last two games. This makes him a big threat for other sides, especially the batsman who face issues against the spinners.
The one thing that makes Chahal a deadly bowler is that he always takes a risk. The Indian spinner is never afraid of getting hit for boundaries as he understands that this can get him a wicket.
The Indian bowler will be against one of the best Kiwis batsman currently, Kane Williamson. The Kiwi skipper has been phenomenal for his side in the current World Cup.
Out of the three matches that New Zealand have played so far. The openers have got out quickly in two of them. Because of this, the pressure on the middle order has increased a lot. However, the Kiwi batsmen have taken that in a perfect manner.
The Kiwi skipper provides his side a balance in the middle order and he has already proved that in the ongoing World Cup. If New Zealand wants to emerge victorious against India, then it is of utmost importance that their captain plays a big inning in the middle order.
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The threat of rain is there on this fixture and that might reduce the overs or end this match with no result. Nevertheless, considering that there will be a full game today. Cricwizz believes that Indian team will come out on the top at the end of this encounter.
This battle will also give us a picture of which side is better in the ongoing World Cup. Also, the conditions will be a bit tricky and that will show us the character of the two sides. The encounter will be a close one as both the sides have good bowling attack. The openers will have a huge role to play and this will also decide the winner of this fixture.
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