Early morning rain delayed the start of the World Cup match between India and New Zealand in Nottingham.
With an eye on continuing their winning start to the World Cup 2019, India and New Zealand will lock horns in the eighteenth match of the tournament. Both the teams have made solid start to their respective campaigns. New Zealand are currently at the top of the points table with three wins in as many games. So far, the Kane Williamson-led side has beaten Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
India, on the other hand, are at fourth position but can move up if they win their third game of the World Cup. The Men in Blue have so far defeated South Africa and defending champions Australia. With both the teams in prime form at the moment, the clash promises to be a blockbuster. However, the game could be spoiled by rainfall.
It was raining heavily in Nottingham since last night and although it stopped for a while in the morning, the downpours have started lashing the city as the day progressed. The conditions do not look very promising and the forecast warning has already been issued. Well, all we can do right now is hope and pray. Some good news for the fans as it is not raining in Nottingham right now but the sky is full of dark clouds.
Well, the match will have a delayed start. The BCCI have tweeted that there shall be an official inspection at 10:30 local, 15:00 IST.
Over the last few years, the pitch in Nottingham has been an absolute belter. Bowlers haven’t had much to cheer while bowling on the strip. However, in this World Cup, the pacers have generated a significant amount of pace and bounce, troubling the batsmen. Teams are most likely to field first after winning the toss and take advantage of the overcast conditions.
India’s Probable XI
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Dinesh Karthik/Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
New Zealand Probable XI
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro/Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (WK), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.