The daily tournament preview charges down the wicket with Cricket World Cup tips for a huge clash between unbeaten duo India and New Zealand.
19:30 (AEST), Thu 13th Jun @ Trent Bridge, Nottingham
History: Played 106: India 55 V New Zealand 45 (1 Tie, 5 No Results)
Last meeting: February 3, 2019: India d New Zealand by 35 runs at Westpac Stadium
Final Thoughts: The weather plaguing the Cricket World Cup mercifully dodged last night’s Australia-Pakistan clash. Fans will be hoping forecast rain for Nottinghamshire dissipates for Thursday’s India-New Zealand blockbuster.
Both sides enter the Trent Bridge encounter unbeaten.
The Black Caps trounced Sri Lanka by 10 wickets, before grabbing a nervy two-wicket win over Bangladesh.
Jimmy Neesham (5/31) and Lockie Ferguson (4/31) were dominant as New Zealand skittled Afghanistan for 172 in their third assignment. Kane Williamson (79*) and Ross Taylor (48) ensured a comfortable seven-wicket win with 18 overs to spare.
India notched a clinical six-wicket win over South Africa in their opening game. Rohit Sharma blasted 122 not out.
But they sounded a genuine warning on Sunday with a 36-run defeat of Australia. Shikhar Dhawan (117 off 109) and Virat Kohli (82 off 77) stepped up to guide India to 5/352. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah took three wickets each as Australia were bowled out for 316 in the last over.
India have had the wood on New Zealand at ODI level in recent years. They carved out a convincing 4-1 series victory in the Shaky Isles in January.
But New Zealand earned a confidence-boosting six-wicket win over India in a Cricket World Cup warm-up match, with Trent Boult (4/33) and Taylor (71 off 75) starring.
The collective form of their bowling attack, Williamson and Taylor, as well as the conditions, render New Zealand excellent value as a big underdog here.