ICC World Cup 2019: India vs New Zealand, Trent Bridge — New Zealand’s Predicted Playing XI
Despite New Zealand topping the points table of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019, Kane Williamson-led side won’t be settling down before taking on World No. 2 ODI team, India at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham on June 13 (Thursday).
So far, the Kiwis have played some competitive cricket apart from showing responsibility to deliver according to a situation. On the other side, India has been remarkable in its approach under the dynamic leadership of Virat Kohli.
The Men in Blue’s bowlers have breathed down the neck of the opponent’s batters.
Overall, it’s going to be an exciting clash between the heavy-weights of the game.
Here’s New Zealand’s predicted playing XI for India game of the ICC World Cup 2019:
Explosive opener Martin Guptill might have faced a first-ball duck against Afghanistan. But he could equally be threatening on his day. The experienced campaigner has all his shots in his book to lay a solid foundation for the Black Caps.
Colin Munro would want to produce an outstanding show against top-quality Team India bowling line-up. Also, Munro has the knack of playing aggressive shots early on which could emerge as a make or break situation for the Kiwis.
Munro is keen to play a much-winning knock for his team.
Kiwis star batsman and leader Kane Williamson hold an important position in New Zealand’s playing XI. The top-order batsman is in some form which further saw him scoring 99-ball 79 against Afghanistan.
Williamson is known for bringing stability in the playing XI.
Ross Taylor has been an old serving guarding for the Black Caps. While having a wealth of experience on his back, Taylor has a knack of playing a marathon of innings.
Taylor’s batting show will be necessary for Kiwis against India on a feather bed.
The wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham is a versatile cricketer who could also bat at the top. Latham is known for changing his gears. Latham is capable of scoring at the brisk pace. He is also useful against spinners.
Jimmy Neesham, who could generate a good speed, has been outstanding against Afghanistan, The five-wicket haul against Afghanistan has boosted is morale. Neesham is also capable of playing a whirlwind knock.
Also, having the ability to bowl well-disguised slower one, Neesham would be a bowler to watch out for.
Colin de Grandhomme:
Colin de Grandhomme is known for his influential role with the bat and ball. The aggressive batsman has the knack of dispatching the balls into the stands. Also, he is handy with his cutters and could trouble batters in the middle overs.
Surprisingly, at the Country Ground in Taunton, Mitchell Santner didn’t deliver a single delivery. Meanwhile, Williamson has used as many as five bowlers.
Santner has a bagful of trick to challenge India batters. But at the same time, the Men in Blue have a good record against spin attack. So, things won’t be easy for Santner altogether.
Matt Henry is the second leading wicket-taker for the Kiwis. The 27-year-old Christchurch-born has bagged seven wickets in first two games before going wicketless in their third game against Afghanistan.
Lockie Ferguson, who is known for his sheer pace two, could continue in Kiwis’ playing XI. The fast bowler has managed to bag four wickets in his previous game.
Ferguson is capable of picking wickets at the earliest. He is the leading wicket-taker of the ICC World Cup 2019 with eight wickets to his name.
Trent Boult might have gone wicketless, but he has experience on his side to bamboozle any of the star-studded line-ups. Boult, who could clock at 150, further is known for making good use of slower.
Boult has closely followed Team India players, so he has got a fair idea on how to bowl against in-form batsmen.
Tahir Ibn Manzoor
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