India will get the best opportunity to test their preparation when they face New Zealand in the first world cup warm up game on Saturday 25th May, 2019. The match will take place at the iconic Kennington Oval in London. Both the teams can test out all their 15 players in the game which gives an ample opportunity to testify the form of the players, going into the world cup.
Things to look at for the Indian team
* Who will get the opportunity at number four- KL Rahul or Vijay Shankar
*The form of Virat Kohli after a disastrous IPL with Royal Challengers Bangalore
*Death bowling abilities of Bhuvneshwar Kumar which has been on a low since his injury before the Asia cup 2019.
Things to look at for the New Zealand team
*The injury of Tom Latham will bring back-up keeper Tom Blundell in the team. He is likely to make his International debut in their world cup opener against Sri Lanka.
*The form of New Zealand’s batting trio- Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor
Match date– 25th May, 2019 (Saturday)
Match timings- 3 PM in India
TV Channels broadcasting the game in India- Star Sports network
TV Channels broadcasting the game in New Zealand- Sky Sports Nz
Live streaming– Hotstar.com or Hotstar mobile app
Head to head history
Out of the 106 official ODIs played between the two sides, India holds an upper hand with 55 wins while New Zealand emerged victorious on 45 occasions. One match ended in a tie and five were no results.
India’s world cup squad
Virat Kohli (C), Dinesh Karthik(W), MS Dhoni (W), Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kedar Jadhav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Vijay Shankar.
New Zealand’s world cup squad
Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tim Southee, Martin Guptill, Tom Blundell (W), Colin de Grandhomme, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Trent Boult, Tom Latham (W), Ish Sodhi, James Neesham, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry and Mitchell Santner.