With the Cricket World Cup 2019 less than two weeks away, the anticipation and excitement for the mega event have skyrocketed. The tournament is set to kickoff from 30th May when the hosts, England will take on South Africa at the Oval. India will face the same opponent, South Africa, on 5th June at Southampton in their opening game. However, before the official league fixtures, all the teams are expected to play two warm-up matches each.
Team India is set to collide with New Zealand in their opening warm-up game at Kennington Oval, London. After accessing the pitch conditions, a suitable playing eleven will lineup under the skipper, Virat Kohli. Dhawan & Rohit Sharma are likely to start the innings followed by Kohli, Shankar, Dhoni, and Jadhav as core batsmen. Hardik Pandya and Jadeja will provide the all-round firepower while Bumrah and Shami will be the frontline bowlers. With match winners like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya & Jasprit Bumrah in their ranks, the World number two ODI side would be eyeing to bring home their third World Cup title. It remains to be seen if the English tracks will come to haunt them back or will Kohli & Co rise against the odds to clinch the ultimate glory.
Since International Cricket Council kickstarted the World Cup in 1975, New Zealand has participated in all the tournaments. New Zealand made six appearances in the semi-finals in 1975, 1979, 1999, 2007, 2011 and 2015 but only managed to reach the finals for just once. The Blackcaps have been in excellent form in the limited overs cricket and were the runner-ups in the previous edition of the ICC World Cup. Kane Williamson would be eyeing to win their first world cup trophy in England on the back of some consistent performances. The balance in the squad is, and their quality all-rounder gives them a slight edge over their counterparts. Often regarded as one of the favorites, New Zealand has all the raw talent and temperament combined but it remains to be seen can they get over the line in the time that matters the most.
Date: Saturday, 25th May 2019
Time: 03:00 PM IST
Venue: Kennington Oval, London
League: ICC World Cup 2019
Live Telecast: Star Network
Online Streaming: Hotstar
Avg 1st Innings score: 247
Avg 2nd Innings score: 213
Highest Total: 398/5 (50 Ov) by NZ vs Eng
Lowest Total: 103/10 (41 Ov) by Eng vs RSA
Highest Chased: 322/3 (48.4 Ov) by SL vs IND
Lowest Defended: 241/10 (49.4 Ov) by PAK vs Eng
- KL Rahul and Vijay Shankar will fight for the number-4 spot in the batting lineup.
- Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will be the X factor for the Indian team.
- Tom Blundell, the uncapped wicketkeeper, will make his International debut in the upcoming World Cup.
- Kane Williamson will lead the Blackcaps in the batting department along with Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor.
- While Trent Boult and the veteran Tim Southee will have the responsibility with the ball in hand.
Virat Kohli (capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav
Kane Williamson (capt), 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
- Rohit Sharma
- Virat Kohli
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Kane Williamson
- Ross Taylor
- Trent Boult