Nottingham, June 12: Both India and New Zealand will aim to preserve their unbeaten records when they take each other on in an ICC World Cup 2019 match here on Thursday.
It is believed that six wins in the round robin league stage will be enough to qualify for the semi-finals.
With the Indians already having two wins under their belts, another victory against the Kiwis will be a big step towards the knockout stages.
The Black Caps are halfway to that magic mark, having won all their three previous matches and will be eager to wrap up the job as soon as possible.
The Indians have won six of the last eight ODIs between the two sides. This includes a 4-1 win against the Kiwis in New Zealand.
“They (India) are playing some great cricket. Across their team they've got a lot of depth and some exceptional players,” New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson was quoted as saying by Sky TV.
“Tournament cricket is an interesting one… there's a lot of pressure on India to beat us and beat every side. We had a good start in the warm-up game, that doesn't always mean a huge amount but we'll take that confidence and hopefully the opening bowlers can get it swinging a bit and it makes my job a little bit easier,” he added.
Ferguson asserted that the conditions here will assist him and the other Kiwi pacers against India.
“There’s one short boundary which isn't always the easiest but it makes for an entertaining game. The two games I've seen there, there's been a lot of bounce and a lot of pace. That always helps me. West Indies bowled really nicely on it with some pretty aggressive stuff,” Ferguson said.
The Indian batting line-up have displayed impressive firepower in the two matches they have played so far.
However, if there is one bowler who can give them a run for their money in swing-friendly English conditions, it is Trent Boult.
India had won a five-match series by a convincing 4-1 margin in New Zealand earlier this year.
However, the Kiwis will take heart from a couple of occasions on that series.
The Kiwis had bundled out the Indians for just 92 at Hamilton. In the very next match at Wellington, they again put the men in blue on the ropes, leaving them struggling at 18/4.
Trent Boult was the wrecker-in-chief on both occassions, as he used extracted prodigious swing and movement off the pitch.
With conditions in England similar to New Zealand, the Kiwis and their pace spearhead Boult must be feeling at home.
Boult has claimed 22 wickets in the 12 ODIs he has played against India.
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