The two-time winners of the showpiece tournament Team India will be facing New Zealand for their first warm-up match on Saturday (May 25). New Zealand are yet to win their first title trophy of the competition. India, whereas, the World Cups of 1983 and 2011 and will be fighting for their third.
The previous warm-up matches held between New Zealand and India before has been quite interesting. The last warm-up match held was before the World Cup 2011, where India defeated New Zealand by 117 runs. It was the same match where the then skipper MS Dhoni made unbeaten 108 runs off 64 balls.
Now, both the teams will again face off each other before they head to the World Cup 2019. Where India will take on as the WC favourite. On the other hand, New Zealand is deemed as the underdogs of the tournament.
India will be heading to test their seamers over the batting-friendly pitches. While the Kiwis will try to find their balance right in the two warm-ups and possibly first WC match as Tom Latham won’t be playing due to injury.
The primary focus of the match is going to be on the skipper of India, Virat Kohli, who is simply the best batsman in the world. Kohli has been spectacularly performing throughout the past few years in all formats of the tournament.
The team is brimming with young talent and will be looking forward to unleashing its power in the showpiece event ahead. Jasprit Bumrah, the top-ranked ODI bowler, will lead the pace team alongside Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya.
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni will be guiding his team from behind the wickets while showcasing his fitness with the bat.
Squad: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(wk), Dinesh Karthik, Lokesh Rahul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal.
The underdogs will be facing a bit rough time with their wicket-keeper Tom Latham out of the two warm-up matches and possibly their first match of the tournament.
The gloveman sustained an injury to his finger during a match against Australia XI, before flying to the UK for the round-robin format World Cup.
The uncapped Tom Blundell is set to keep the wickets. Meanwhile, the team has two-star players, Kane Williamson and Trent Boult to give them the needed break in the World Cup. While India has the world’s top-ranked batsman, the Kiwis have Ross Taylor, the world’s third-ranked ODI batsman.
Apart from the top rankers, they have the likes of Mitchell Santner to help them add some good numbers.
Squad: Kane Williamson(C), Tom Blundell(WK), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham(WK), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.
Time and Location:
The fourth warm-up match will be played at Kennington Oval, London from 9:30 am (IST 3:00).
It’s going to be pleasant weather at The Oval. We will witness a complete 100-over game.
The 22-yard has been a major debate in the lead up to the World Cup. We could expect a 365-plus total on a placid Kennington Oval surface.
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