Both India and New Zealand come into this game undefeated. New Zealand sit comfortably at the top of the ICC World Cup 2019 points table with three wins in as many games. India, on the other hand, have won both their tough matches against South Africa and Australia. The way New Zealand beat India in the warm-up game must still be ringing in the minds of the Indian batsmen. Trent Boult led the way with 4 wickets as the Kiwi bowlers bundled out India for a mere 179, before chasing the target with 77 balls to spare. With overcast skies in Nottingham expected to aid swing bowling, India need to plan their batting according to their plans. Virat Kohli will be looking to correct the mistakes from the warm-up game against New Zealand. Under the captaincy of star icon Virat Kolhi who is presently world’s best batsman in all formats of cricket, all players doing a fantastic job.
India must also be aware of their head-to-head record against the Kiwis in World Cup matches, which is 4-3 in favour of New Zealand. Not just this, but NZ's overall record in the biggest ICC tournament is also impressive as they are the team to have won the most WC matches after 5-time champions Australia.
After last game Player of the Match Shikhar Dhawan being ruled out due to a thumb injury. With a new opening combination expected in Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, it will be interesting to see who India go with at the crucial No. 4. “Shikhar is a big loss to India. The present team plays very well at the ICC tournaments and he has a very good record over here. Rohit Sharma and Dhawan complement each other very well because of right and left hand combination,” said Ross Taylor ahead of the match.
Pitch report: The pitch is little spongy bounce, grassy and a high pace for seamers.
Weather forecast: The less said about the weather the better as there is a high chance of rain predicted for today's game. However, if the weather permits, the Trent Bridge pitch is known to be in favour of batsmen.
Head to head: 3-4 in favor of New Zealand.
Between New Zealand's big three - Guptill, Williamson and Taylor - there has been only one century scored against India in neutral venues.
Rohit Sharma's opening stands with Dhawan stands at 45.89 as opposed to 34.55 with others.
Players to watch out for:
Hardik Pandya - Pandya has looked in scintillating form with the bat, his quickfire 48 helped India reach 352 against Australia. With the conditions being overcast in Nottingham, he will play an important role with the ball too.
Trent Boult - Boult scalped four wickets against India in the warm-up match, three of which were of the top-four. He will be looking to take advantage of the overcast conditions and India's new batting top-four.
India Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jamesh Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult