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Thursday Jun 13 2019

World Cup 2019: India vs New Zealand preview

Undefeated India take on New Zealand in Nottingham today. 

NOTTINGHAM: Undefeated in the tournament India and New Zealand battle it out in a mouthwatering clash of the World Cup at Trent Bridge, Nottingham today.

Both teams have yet to face a defeat in the tournament, with the Kiwis standing at the top of the points table. 

New Zealand crush Sri Lanka in the opening match by a 10-wicket win. Photo: AFP 

The Kiwis so far have benefited with all their games so far being against bottom-tiered teams such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, helping them earn six points.

New Zealand's biggest win in the tournament came against Sri Lanka in their opening game of the tournament, which they won by 10 wickets. 

The Black Caps now need to win just three more games out of their six for a place in the semi-final. 

ICC World Cup 2019: India 179 all out against New Zealand in a warm-up match. Photo: File

The two teams met in the warm-up game before the World Cup with New Zealand bowling out India for 179 runs before going on to win the game by six wickets. 

For New Zealand, Trent Boult leads the pack having picked 22 wickets in 12 matches against the men in blue. 

New Zealand's pacer Trent Boult. Dominant Kiwis gave Men in Blue a reality check during the warm-up game. Photo: AFP

On the other hand, India are unbeaten the tournament with a six-wicket win over South Africa and then a 36-run win over defending champions Australia. 

The Indian batsman have displayed some great power hitting in their first two matches and will be instrumental in today's match. 

 Left: Ton-up, Rohit Sharma helped India to beat South Africa by six wickets. Right: Shikhar Dhawan's century led India to second win against Australia.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan both scored tons against South Africa and Australia respectively, while skipper Virat Kohli is also in decent form. 

However, Dhawan has been ruled out of the tournament for three weeks due to an injury on his left thumb.

The match between India and New Zealand will begin at 2:30pm Pakistan Standard Time. 

Weather conditions in Nottingham

India's clash against New Zealand faces the threat of a washout. Persistent showers have been going on since Monday and are expected to continue for a few more days.

NZ-IND ODI stats:

Head to head matches: 106

NZ won: 55

IND won: 45

Tied: 1

No result: 5

Highest score: 392/4 by India in 2009

Lowest score: 79/10 by New Zealand in 2016

New Zealand's squad for Cricket World Cup 2019: Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Tom Blundell (wk), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham

India's squad for Cricket World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav

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