India has suffered a major setback because Shikhar Dhawan has been dropped from the World Cup for three weeks because of the fracture. The opener retained the injury while batting in the last match against Australia. There are two possible replacement options for Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik Dhawan, and one of them will have to bat at number four, because of the possibility of having Rohit Sharma at the starting position of KL Rahul. As the storm situation is expected on Trent Bridge, therefore India can consider bringing Mohammed Shami to Bhubaneswar Kumar.
Nz team news
There is no injury to New Zealand ahead of the game. He has not felt the need to make any changes in his line-up since his campaign opener against Sri Lanka and would not be surprised if he is unchanged for the third time in a row. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro will continue batting while Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor will be batting at number three and four respectively. Trent Boult and Matt Henry are likely to once again share the new ball. Michelle Stencher is the only spinner in this side of New Zealand.
IND vs NZ head to head
India and New Zealand have played 106 one-day internationals against each other, of which the former winners are 55 and 45 respectively. The result of one of those bouts is tie while the five have not given any result.
Men in Blue have won six of their last seven ODIs against Black Caps, including 4-1 series wins, when India toured New Zealand in January-February in the beginning of this year.
In the 1999 World Cup, in the fifty-over format of the game, the two countries faced each other in Trent Bridge, winning by five wickets with New Zealand.
India vs. New Zealand Predictions
New Zealand then crushed India when both teams faced each other in the warm-up match before the start of the World Cup and Kiwi team got a big psychological advantage from that victory. With their boom winning their first three matches, they also have a lot of pace. However, the three have been faced against weak opposition – Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan On the other hand, India is registering an impressive win over two strong contenders of the title for South Africa and Australia. The Black Caps have not been pushed so far and it would not be wrong to say that this game starts their real World Cup campaign.
India will lose its opener Shikhar Dhawan, who returned in full flow against the Australian team, but they still have enough firepower in the tank to overcome the danger of New Zealand’s speed. It will be one of those competitions in which the better batting team will win and the better batting power of India makes them favorite to win this fight.
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