Indian Cricket Team will take on New Zealand in their first warm-up game of 2017 ICC Champions Trophy on 28th May. Virat Kohli will be leading India in the tournament while Kane Williamson to captain Blackcaps.
An important game for both sides as India and New Zealand are one of the favorites in the 8th edition of Cricket Champions Trophy starting from 1st June. Indian players are coming into the tournament after playing IPL twenty20 meanwhile Kiwis played tri-series against Bangladesh and Ireland.
However Blackcaps lost tri series as Bangladesh tigers beat Kiwis in the final to win the triangular series. Hence Kiwi team will look to get back in the form against India before the start of CT17 main event. NZ depends a lot on their batting lineup that includes skipper Williamson, right-handed destructive middle order batsman Ross Taylor, opener Martin Guptill and all-rounders Corey Anderson and Jimmy Neesham.
On the other side, Men in Blue are depending on their firing batting lineup that has three major pillars MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli. India’s chances in the competition will heavily depend on the shoulders of Kohli, Yuvraj and Dhoni. These are the backbone of team India. Kohli, Yuvraj and Rohit were not in good touch in the IPL 2017. This is the perfect time for these players to get prepared for the main ICC Champions Trophy event.
Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami, MS Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Dinesh Karthik.
Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham, Trent Boult, Neil Broom, Martin Guptill, Luke Ronchi, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jeetan Patel, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Corey Anderson, Ross Taylor, Tim Southee.
Team India looks more balanced and decent against New Zealand in the practice match. As per our win prediction, Men in Blue have got 65 percent win chances over Kiwis in the warm-up game.