Virat Kohli, India
Virat Kohli set to lead team India (Photo: Twitter)

India and New Zealand will be facing each other at the Oval, London on Saturday in the first warm-up match for both the teams ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019.

Both the skippers, Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson would be hoping to glue the whole squad together after no international matches for about two months for both the teams.

Vijay Shankar would be unavailable for the match due to pain in his forearm as he got struck with the ball on his forearm while trying to pull away a Khaleel Ahmed delivery.

Kedar Jadhav injured his shoulder in the last league match in the IPL and missed the playoffs as well. He might be unavailable too as the rehabilitation is under progress.

Kohli would be looking towards the Indian bowling attack and the poor form of Kuldeep Yadav in Saturday’s match.

Tom Latham is injured and unavailable for Saturday’s match and the uncapped Tom Blundell will be keeping wickets for the Kiwis.

SQUADS

India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav*, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Vijay Shankar*, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (wk), Tom Latham* (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.

* Not available for today’s match

FORM

India: L L L W W

India lost the 5-match series to Australia after winning the first two matches and thus, the form record looks poor on paper.

New Zealand: W W W W W

New Zealand enjoyed a fine summer at home as they clean sweeped both Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

The match will begin at 3 pm on Saturday exclusively on Star Network and HotStar.

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