Old Trafford is the venue for this intriguing clash between India and New Zealand and on paper Virat Kohli’s men will be confident of getting the job done against the Black Caps.
There is a problem though, for all New Zealand’s inconsistency in this World Cup, they remain a very dangerous opponent. Even with Martin Guptil failing to rediscover the form he showed in the 2015 tournament, NZ can call on the likes of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor to keep the scoreboard moving and in Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult they have quicks who will feel at home with the track and conditions in Manchester.
Old Trafford is a fast wicket, and while the forecasters are predicting cloudy and overcast weather – if it gets a bit muggy there is likely to be plenty there for a bowler who can get the ball to swing.
I get the feeling this could be a day for the bowlers and whoever copes best with the conditions could set themselves a date at Lord’s on Sunday. Chuck the form book out the window – 50 overs apiece and let the best team on the day win.
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