India vs New Zealand – One-Day International Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When is India vs New Zealand taking place? Saturday, 25th May, 10:30

Where India vs New Zealand taking place? The Oval, London

What is the expected weather for India vs New Zealand? 21-23c with sunshine and cloudy intervals

What channel is India vs New Zealand on? The match will be not be shown live on UK TV

Where can I stream India vs New Zealand? India vs New Zealand will not be streamed live on UK TV

Are tickets still available for India vs New Zealand? https://tickets.cricketworldcup.com/ticketingInfo.html

LAST MEETING
India beat New Zealand by 35 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

INDIA

Captain: Virat Kohli

  • India were whitewashed by Australia in their last ODI series so they come to England somewhat wounded and skipper Virat Kohli will demand good performances in both of their warm-up matches before the real action begins.
  • Vijay Shankar suffered an injury scare on Friday as he was hit on the forearm in training by pace bowler Khaleel Ahmed but it is thought to be nothing serious while Kedar Jadhav has not been training at full tilt just yet and he is unlikely to figure too much in this match.
  • Kuldeep Yadav is expected to be given plenty of overs here as they look to instil some confidence in the young spinner who suffered badly in the IPL and was ultimately dropped by his team so he should have some opportunities to bounce back here.

NEW ZEALAND

Captain: Kane Williamson

  • New Zealand have won two of their three ODI series in 2019 against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh but they come up against the side that beat them in the other as they look to avenge the 4-1 series defeat to India in this first warm-up match.
  • They will be without wicketkeeper/batsman Tom Latham for these two warm-up matches as he has picked up an injury so that will hand an opportunity to uncapped reserve Tom Blundell for both matches before the World Cup starts in earnest.
  • Several of their players were at the IPL but hardly featured so the likes of Mitch Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Ish Sodhi, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson will all be looking to get some overs in their legs here and find some form.

THE PREDICTION

There have been contrasting preparations for these two sides as India’s squad have been in full throttle playing in the IPL while New Zealand’s players have played very little in recent months. While one side may be a little fatigued, the other may be undercooked but with the World Cup around the corner, it is India who will likely be the sharper of the two teams. It would be no surprise if they suffer something of a lull after such a long and intense tournament, but skipper Virat Kohli will demand a win from his men even in this opening warm-up match after losing their last series against Australia.