India vs. New Zealand: ICC World Cup Match 18 Preview
India vs. New Zealand: ICC World Cup Match 18 Preview

India will take on New Zealand in the 18th match of ICC World Cup 2019 at Trent Bridge on Thursday. Both teams are coming into this match on the back of comprehensive victories. While India were clinical in their victory over Australia, New Zealand registered a thumping victory over Afghanistan. Moreover, both sides are unbeaten in the tournament so far, with New Zealand playing one more match than India.

However, one team is going to halt the winning run of the other in this match. India would be weary of New Zealand's pace attack which bundled India up for a paltry total of 179 runs in the warm-up game. Things have got a bit trickier for India with Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of this game with an injury to his thumb. That has once again opened up the No. 4 debate for India. Lokesh Rahul is expected to open the innings along with Rohit Sharma in Dhawan's absence. Either of Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar will slot in as the No. 4.

New Zealand, however, are free of injuries. All of their players are at peak fitness, and, hence, they have the least of concerns. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor have been in good form whereas Martin Guptill has looked good in the breezy 20s and 30s he has scored. Munro also has done well. But the biggest positive has been their all-rounder Jimmy Neesham's bowling form. He registered a five-wicket haul in the last match, and, hence, would

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