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India aim to avenge warm-up loss against Kiwis

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India and New Zealand, the only two unbeaten sides in the ongoing World Cup so far, will look to dominate each other and prove a point when they meet on Thursday at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
 
The Black Caps have been absolutely ruthless in the three games they have played so far in the tournament. 
 
After defeating Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in their tournament opener, the Kiwis didn't take their foot off the pedal and registered comprehensive victories against Bangladesh and Afghanistan in their next fixtures. 
 
On the other hand, India have also played like tournament favourites and have registered reaffirming wins over South Africa and Australia. However, they would be wary of the fact that they have to be at their absolute best against Kane Williamson's side which defeated them quite convincingly in a warm-up fixture. 
 
In that warm-up game, the Indian batsmen seemed to have no clue against the pace and swing from Trent Boult and other Kiwi pacers and were bundled out for a mere 179 which the Black Caps chased down with ease at the Kennington Oval in London. 
 
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 Rohit Sharma -- gives them a solid start and lays the foundation for the later batsmen to score big and go full throttle against the New Zealand bowlers.
 
One thing which both teams would be looking at is the weather in Nottingham. The weather forecast is not good for Thursday and there are high chances that rain may play spoilsport in the game. 
 
The pitch at Trent 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 World Cup editions and New Zealand hold an edge of 4-3 against India. 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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