India and New Zealand will put their winning records on the line when two of the leading nations at the Cricket World Cup meet at Trent Bridge.
If the rain stays away, then an enthralling day’s cricket is in store as the Kiwis bid to lower the colours of the 9/4 second favourites for the tournament.
The Black Caps have won three out of three so far but have yet to come up against a side with the quality of India, who easily saw off New Zealand 4-1 when the two nations met in a five-match one-day series earlier this year.
Having won six of the last seven one-day internationals between the teams, India look to have the edge but could be troubled by New Zealand’s pace attack.
India have made an impressive start to their campaign, outplaying South Africa and Australia, although victory in the latter came at a cost. Opener Shikhar Dhawan is likely to miss the next three games after suffering a thumb injury against the Baggy Greens.
KL Rahul is a capable deputy as he prepares to move up the order but Dhawan’s loss could be badly felt after he made 117 against the Aussies.
Virat Kohli’s men have yet to really be tested with the bat but a combination of overcast conditions and a potent New Zealand seam attack could give us our first indication of how strong the middle order is.
Black Caps pacemen Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry are the top two wicket-takers at the World Cup so far, claiming 15 scalps between them. They could add to their tally at Trent Bridge, which has so far favoured the bowlers, 49 wickets falling in the three matches staged at Trent Bridge so far.
Ferguson is 4/1 and Henry 16/5 to take the most wickets for New Zealand but it is Boult who had more success in the recent one-day series between the teams. Boult took 12 wickets in those games, while he claimed four wickets in a warm-up clash before the World Cup.
The 29-year-old has three wickets from three games at the World Cup so far but his history against India could provide the extra edge New Zealand are looking for.
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