India and New Zealand may be much more similar to each other than one thinks when it comes to cricket. Both teams have openers that have scored more than 200 runs in a single innings in ODIs. Both teams have captains that have sound batting knowledge and are considered backbone of their respective batting line-ups. Both teams have the best ODI bowlers in their arsenal and they’re both ranked among the top 3 ODI sides of the world. When both sides are this evenly matched, you can bet that we’re in for a thrilling contest.
New Zealand and India Head-to-Head:
New Zealand, with all their talent and skills, have yet to win any ICC tournament and this may very well be their year. Since 1975, India have faced the Kiwis on 106 occasions, winning 55 times while New Zealand defeated them in 45 contests. 1 match was tied and 5 matches ended in no result. India may have higher number of victories overall but this time they won’t be facing the weak NZ side of 90s and 2000s. This is a much seasoned and much more talented squad and India might just end up losing if they underestimate the black caps. India have struggled at fast English pitches but these conditions suit New Zealand’s pace attack perfectly. It will be interesting to see how India counter NZ’s opening left-hand right-hand pace attack in the form of Trent Boult and Tim Southee. Breaking the initial partnerships is crucial for NZ. India will be aiming to strike the ball to all parts of the ground and if the track is good enough for batting, they’ll demolish the NZ bowling plan with no mercy.
India and NZ will meet each other on 13th June 2019 at the Trent Bridge Ground in Nottingham. The ground has hosted 44 ODI matches. The pitch is mostly dry and flat and doesn’t allow much swing which can be a problem for NZ pace attack. A flat wicket is what India will be happy to bat on. Pressure is mounted on NZ bowlers and they’ll have to come with something unorthodox to counter the Indian batting’s onslaught. For India, situation is a lot simpler. They just have to bat through the 50 overs with wickets in hand and they’ll quite easily score 300+ runs. A flat pitch will hurt India as much as it would hurt NZ. India’s always been batting power and they need something in the pitch to help them pick up wickets. Although India have a weak bowling offense, NZ will still have to restrict India at the lowest possible total. If openers from NZ play well enough, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor can come in and finish the game for their side.
Looking at the current stats, India might slightly be a stronger team than their opposition. Their batsmen are firing at all cylinders and runs are coming at regular intervals. Kohli has been in spectacular ODI form and he can take away the game quite easily from the hands of NZ. On the other hand, NZ is one of the toughest side of the tournament with all the chances of winning this time. Odds are 55-45% in favor of India but NZ might surprise the world in the actual contest.