Match 18 of ICC Cricket World Cup will be seen the battle of the two teams who are unbeaten in the tournament so far. While New Zealand have won convincingly against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan respectively, India registered two consecutive victories over South Africa and the defending champion Australia. It will be interesting to see which team will keep their winning momentum on.
India faced a setback in the form of their in-form opener Shikhar Dhawan. The left-hand opener got hurt in his left thumb and due to a hairline fracture, he is unavailable for today’s game. On the other hand, there is no news of injury from the Kiwis den.
Predicted Playing 11
India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
Weather and pitch report
One of the biggest problems in this tournament is none other than the weather. A couple of matches have been called off due to heavy shower and there’s a question mark on today’s game as well. Players have got indoor practice due to continuous rain and there’s a possibility of a shower today which is why the ground will not get the sunlight for drying up. Even, there’s a huge possibility that the game getting abandoned.
Both the teams have met 7 times in the history of ICC World Cup where India won 3 times with a win percentage of 42.85. New Zealand registered wins in 4 times, having 57.15 win percentage.
In the Dream 11 team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match, MS Dhoni will fit for the place, keeping his formidable form in mind. He has scored 60 runs in the two games so far and a great choice for today’s game.
Five batsmen have been selected on this Dream 11 team for their current form. India’s Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul are there alongside Martin Guptill and Colin Munro of New Zealand.
India opener Rohit Sharma already scored a century in the tournament whereas captain Virat Kohli too has been in good touch. On the other hand, New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro have already shown their class in the tournament. Both of them scored half-centuries against Sri Lanka and won the game for the Kiwis. They did well in the next two games as well and a safe choice for the Dream 11 team.
The Dream 11 team also consists of one all-rounder, named Hardik Pandya who scored a 7-ball 15 in the first game with the strike rate of 214.29 and smashed 48 off 27 with the strike rate of 177.78 which included 4 boundaries and 3 sixes. Though he has not taken any wicket yet, he is the first choice all-rounder for any team.
Four bowlers have been named in the Dream 11 team, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Ferguson is the pick of bowlers with 8 wickets while Boult bagged 3 wickets so far from their 3 games played. On the other hand, Chahal has taken 6 wickets so far in the tournament while Yadav picked up 1.
Captain and vice-captain
Virat Kohli and Martin Guptill have been chosen the captain and vice-captain of the Dream 11 team respectively of ES.