India and New Zealand are set to face each other in a warm-up match scheduled to be played at Kennington Oval, London on 25th May. It is an important game for both the teams ahead of the World Cup league stage matches. Kiwis are set to face Sri Lanka after exactly one week and India will start their campaign against South Africa on June 5. Read on the cricket prediction tips for the match.
Though India is one of the favorites for World Cup along with the hosts England, there are still some issues revolving around the team. They need to address some of the crucial questions like the number four position and the second pacer. India would like to enter the tournament with the best possibilities.
Cricket Prediction Tips Key Players
Virat Kohli would be the man leading the team from the front. Opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma can be lethal for any opposition team. We can expect a healthy battle amongst KL Rahul and Vijay Shankar for number four position. They would like to make a mark in the middle order as far as batting order is concerned. The second pacer alongside Jasprit Bumrah can be Bhuvaneshwar Kumar who has been brilliant for the team with the ball. Another contestant is Mohammad Shami who also has fair chances of playing in the team as per the conditions favorable to the bowlers. India might try experimenting with three pacers and a spin bowler.
Dinesh Karthik (wk), MS Dhoni (wk), Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Lokesh Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya
New Zealand looks to be the much-settled side with their experienced players coming in handy. Their players have good records in England to create chances for their first ever World Cup triumph.
Cricket Prediction Tips Key Players
The opening pair with Martin Guptill is in question with Colin Munro and Henry Nicholls in the race to the position. Tim Southee has lacked that form as evident in IPL 2019 and has been comfortably taken over by Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry. Tim Southee could be quite crucial for the overcast conditions in England and can have a major role in the warm-up match against India. Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme would like to make the best of the rehearsal match against India and have their say in the side.
Ross Taylor, Tim Southee, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Colin de Grandhomme, Colin Munro, Trent Boult, Tom Latham (wk), Ish Sodhi, James Neesham, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (wk)
Stadium – Kennington Oval, London
Capacity – 23500
Ends – Pavilion End, Vauxhall End
Venue Scoring Pattern
Average 1st Inning Score – 247
Average 2nd Inning Score – 213
Highest Total – 398/5 (New Zealand vs England)
Lowest Total – 103/10 (England vs South Africa)
Chased Target – 322/3 (Sri Lanka vs India)
Defended – 241/10 (Pakistan vs England)
Weather & Pitch Conditions
There are 50% chances of rain spoiling the game. Pitch is expected to be flat. If there would be cloud cover, then there is going to be some assistance for the bowlers.
Toss can play an important role in the match. The side winning the toss would like to bowl first.
Cricket Prediction Tips
India has an upper hand going into the warm-up match against New Zealand. They have beaten New Zealand in six matches out of the last seven encounters. New Zealand would be high on confidence as they have beaten England in the last two ODI’s on this ground. India posses more power in batting and bowling as compared to New Zealand.
We assume India to be favorites for the match.