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.
This will be a fascinating warm-up match ahead of the World Cup for both of these teams and a good measure of how ready they are as two of the favourites for the tournament.
Sri Lanka are one team that come into this World Cup with low expectations but they are capable of causing an upset at any moment.
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Despite this being a World Cup warm-up match, there is plenty riding on this match for Pakistan especially who desperately need a win after ten consecutive defeats. They face a dangerous Afghan team that will be tinkering with their own line-up and trying to finalise their approach for the World Cup.
Ireland put in a solid all-round performance to defeat Afghanistan in the 1st ODI match and will look to claim a series win with another win here. The Afghans were poor in the first game and will need to improve with both bat and ball if they are to get anything from this match.
The weather in Edinburgh caused the 1st ODI to be called off without a ball being bowled and this game is also likely to be affected but both teams will be hoping that they can at least get on the field for a decent period of time.
Much will depend on the two teams’ selections coming into this game but England clearly have the edge over the tourists in this series as they sit in an unassailable 3-0 position coming into this final ODI at Headingley.
Ireland will be hoping to put a dent in Afghanistan’s World Cup preparations as they look to overcome their own woes following the Tri-Nations series with Bangladesh and West Indies in which they failed to win a game.
The new era for Scottish cricket got off to a disappointing start as they had a game rained off against Afghanistan before falling to a narrow two-run loss under the D/L method following a rain-affected encounter. They now host a Sri Lankan side whose preparations for the World Cup have been poor.
England’s batting line-up once again showed why they are rated as the best in the world but question marks remain over the make-up of their bowlers ahead of the World Cup. With the team set to be rotated once again and matches running out before the World Cup begins, more big performances could be forthcoming.
Bangladesh have been the best team in this competition by some distance after three comfortable wins and they will look to claim one more victory to seal the Tri-Nations series win. They face a West Indies side that can cause problems but will need their fringe players to put in a big performance.
Bangladesh have been the standout team throughout this tri-nation series so far and they come into this final match with Ireland knowing they have already qualified for the final. There is every chance they will rotate their players for this match although the ones that come in will be motivated to impress to earn World Cup places.
This will be another fascinating encounter on a pitch that will likely play different to Southampton, although the small boundaries could see another high scoring affair.