Cricket match date: 25th May 2019
Cricket match time: 03:00 pm IST
Cricket match location: Kennington Oval, London
Cricket Match format: ODI
Tournament: ICC World Cup Warm-up Matches 2019
Team A: India
Team B: New Zealand
Team A Captain: Virat Kohli
Team B Captain: Kane Williamson
Cricket Match Preview:
Amidst much fanfare, India have arrived in the UK and will begin their journey in World Cup by playing the warmup game against New Zealand. India were one of the late arrivals in the UK and there were rising concerns about not having enough time to get used to the conditions. India ruled out the acclimatization issue, stating the pressure is going to be the bigger issue than the conditions in the upcoming World Cup
These two teams met each other a couple of months back when India toured New Zealand. They were the victorious side then as they defeated New Zealand quite easily. But New Zealand are a different side in the ICC tournaments and, more often than not, they are known to punch above their weights. They have been consistently making it to the semifinals and if they can replicate the form they showed in the last World Cup, it will be a great feat.
For India, it will once again be the story about their top three batsmen who are among the world’s best. In Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, India are blessed to have a brilliant top three. However, their number four stayed a problem for them over the period of last four years and they are coming into this tournament with that problem still intact.
India are also having one of the best bowling attacks coming into this tournament. One suspects that it is going to be a crucial factor in this World Cup as the pitches and conditions are likely to be all batsman-friendly. Hence, the attack comprising of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal is going to be the one that provides a distinct advantage to India.
New Zealand, on the other hand, would like to quietly go about their work and surprise India in this warmup game of cricket. If they can defeat India in this cricket game, it will give a strong warning to other teams in the competition to not take them lightly.
Cricket Match Information:
India will take on New Zealand in their first warmup game of cricket against New Zealand. India are coming into this tournament as a favourite, whereas the runners-up of 2015 World Cup, New Zealand will be the dark horse.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
India would like to play all of their top eleven players for this game of cricket. Our prediction is of the inclusion of Vijay Shankar as the number four batsman.
Here is our prediction of India’s playing XI:
- Rohit Sharma
- Shikhar Dhawan
- Vijay Shankar
- Virat Kohli
- MS Dhoni
- Kedar Jadhav
- Kuldeep Yadav
- Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Hardik Pandya
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
New Zealand will be led by Kane Williamson in the World Cup. Our prediction is of the inclusion of Colin Munro in their playing eleven for this game of cricket.
Here is our prediction of New Zealand’s playing XI:
- Martin Guptill
- Colin Munro
- Kane Williamson
- Ross Taylor
- Henry Nicholls
- Jimmy Neesham
- Tom Latham
- Colin de Grandhomme
- Trent Boult
- Tim Southee
- Mitchell Santner
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Colin Munro was included into the World Cup for New Zealand despite not being in a great form. Our prediction is of a good performance from him in this game of cricket.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The last international cricket ODI cricket played here was between Pakistan and England recently. That game was abandoned after only 19 overs in Pakistan’s innings. Pitches in England have been among the flattest in the world. Our prediction is of a score of around 330 this time around. Conditions are expected to be dry.
India will begin this game of cricket as favourites. They won the cricket series against New Zealand in New Zealand a couple of months back. However, more than a victory, they would be looking to find solutions for their number four position and how their all-rounders perform in this game of cricket. Our prediction is of India’s victory in this game of cricket.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Shikhar Dhawan (IND) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Kuldeep Yadav (IND) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Hardik Pandya (IND)
India – 1.55
New Zealand- 2.35
*odds may change anytime