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CWC'19: Players to watch out in India-NZ clash

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Both and would aim to build on their ICC Men's 2019 matches win so far when they clash on June 12 at in The battle will start at 3

The then Indian team, Kapil Dev's devils declined the Clive Lloyd-led treble in final at the Lord's, registering India's first-ever victory at the marquee event. 28 years later, former re-created history in 2011 edition at home against

Now in its 12th edition, all eyes are fixed on Virat Kohli to lift the trophy. won both its first two 2019 matches, defeating by six wickets and by 36 runs.

New Zealand, known as BlackCaps, are considered dark horse along with the in the 50-over tournament. Australian legends like and picked up the Kiwis, runners-up, as the fourth team to enter the semi-finals of

The Kiwis heavily rely on their top-order and pace bowlers to pose a threat to their opponents. sit at the top in the standings with three wins in as many games and six points under their belt after defeating Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, respectively.

The 25-year-old speed prodigy is considered to be a key for Bumrah's unconventional high-arm action and ability to bowl with variations make him a rare bowler among the cricketing fraternity. Ranked at number one, the Indian paceman returned with figures of 2-35 and 3-61 against and Australia, respectively, in its first two World Cup matches. Apart from his wicket-taking skills, he is very economical in the death overs.

was the behind New Zealand's best-ever World Cup campaign in 2015, guiding the team to its maiden tournament final which they eventually lost to by seven wickets. The opener topped the tournament charts with 547 runs and scored unbeaten 237, the highest individual score at the World Cup, in the quarter-finals against He registered three centuries, 138 against Sri Lanka, and 117 not out and 118 against earlier this year. The right-hander contributed an unbeaten 73 against in New Zealand's first World Cup 2019 match.

The wicket-keeper batsman led India to its second in 2011. The former has been a guiding force of the team and helped Virat Kohli during the crucial overs. In a World Cup warm-up match against Bangladesh, smashed 113 runs off just 78 balls, which saw four boundaries and seven sixes. This knock silenced the critics who had been criticising Dhoni's performance lately. Amid the gloves controversy against South Africa, Dhoni scored much needed 34 runs to beat In the second match against Australia, Dhoni's cameo of 14-ball 27 saw three boundaries and one six.

Taylor is the seventh Kiwi to play in his fourth and last World Cup. New Zealand depend mostly on Taylor if their top-order fails to give a good kick-start. The 35-year-old hit 54, 90 and 137 against early this year. During India tour of New Zealand, Taylor smashed 93 in the third match. The right-hander scored 71 against India in a World Cup warm-up match. Taylor played a knock of 82 runs against in a World Cup match.

The of India is in great form as in the first World Cup match against South Africa he took four crucial wickets and provided the base for his team's victory. Chahal took two crucial wickets, which helped India stop for 56 and for 28 in the second match against

Boult had finished the 2015 edition as the tournament's joint-highest wicket-taker along with Australia's He has become one of the most successful fast bowlers of New Zealand. Boult has picked up 21 wickets so far this year in bi-lateral series, including a five-for against India, three-wicket haul against both India and During warm-up matches, he returned with four scalps against both India and West Indies in the first and second practice game, respectively. Boult returned with two wickets in a World Cup match against Bangladesh.

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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 13:35 IST