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India aim to avenge warm-up loss against Kiwis (Preview)

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and New Zealand, the only two unbeaten sides in the ongoing so far, will look to dominate each other and prove a point when they meet on Thursday at Bridge in

The Black Caps have been absolutely ruthless in the three games they have played so far in the tournament.

After defeating by 10 wickets in their tournament opener, the Kiwis didn't put their foot off the peddle and registered comprehensive victories against and in their next fixture.

On the other hand, have also played like tournament favourites and have registered reaffirming wins over and However, they would be wary off the fact that they had to be at their absolute best against Kane Williamson's side which defeated them quite convincingly in the warm-up fixture.

In that warm-up game, the Indian batsmen seemed to have no clue against the pace and swing from Boult and other Kiwi pacers and were bundled out for mere 179 which the Black Caps chased down with ease at the Kennington Oval in

As Shikhar Dhawan is out for the game, the Men in Blue will hope that K.L. Rahul -- who in all likelihood, will open the innings alongside - gives them a solid start and lay the foundation for the upcoming batsmen to score big and go full throttle against the bowlers.

Also, it will be interesting to see whom they include in place of Dhawan. Either they can include to strengthen their batting or they can go with either Ravindra Jadeja or who give them a option too.

However, one thing which both teams would be looking at is the weather in The weather forecast is not good for Thursday and there are high chances that rain may play spoilsport in the game.

The pitch at Bridge is easily one of the best batting wickets in the country but the overcast conditions would definitely assist the fast bowlers.

So, far the two teams have met seven times in all editions and hold an edge of 4-3 against Thus, Virat Kohli would be looking to better that record.

Squads: India: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, M.S. Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, K.L. Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shanker, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah

New Zealand: Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Trent Boult, Martin Guptill, Colin de Grandhomme, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tom Bundell, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 10:06 IST
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