IND vs NZ Dream11 Today Match Prediction: After 144 years, Test cricket is about to get its due. The purest and the oldest format of the game will have a crowned champion for the first time in its history. The number one ranked Test team New Zealand will take on the World Test Championship table-toppers, India in what is meant to be a historic 5 days in Southampton. Both sides are evenly matched and have a very negligible weakness. All this increases the hype for one of the biggest, if not the biggest match ever in the history of world cricket. Who will be crowned the champions? Will it be Kane Williamson’s disciplined New Zealand side or Virat Kohli’s fiery Indian team? Let’s find out in the days to come.
Wicket Keeper: Rishabh Pant
Batsmen: Virat Kohli, C Pujara, D Conway, K Williamson
All-Rounder: R Ashwin, R Jadeja, K Jamieson
Bowlers: J Bumrah, T Boult, T Southee
Captaincy Choice: K Williamson, V Kohli, R Ashwin
In IND vs NZ Dream 11 Team Prediction, let’s see player stats and team form next.
Virat Kohli: Indian captain doesn’t need any introduction. Possibly one of the greatest of all time, King Kohli has all records under his belt except an ICC trophy under his own captaincy. He will be eager to give his heart and soul for this one match to get his hands on that coveted ICC Test Championship mace. As for Kohli, there is no better occasion than this to bring up his long-awaited 71st International hundred.
Ravichandran Ashwin: India’s leading wicket-taker in the WTC, this crafty off-spinner is of equal importance to India as of Kohli. He has picked up 67 wickets in this World test Championship and has an opportunity to top the list. With plenty of left-handers in the New Zealand batting unit, and considering his unmatchable record against the latter, he is expected to top this chart.
Other valuable choices: C Pujara, R Pant, J Bumrah
Kane Williamson: The number two ranked Test batsman is in the form of his life. Apart from the recently concluded England series, he was top-notch in all the recently concluded Test matches. He already has a double hundred and a triple hundred in WTC and will be hoping to carry on that form to help his team go one step further than what they did in the last World Cup. Can Williamson wash away the pain of Lord’s 2019? Let’s find out in 5 days.
Trent Boult: The stylish left-arm swing bowler created nightmares for India when they last faced off against each other in the same nation two years before in a World Cup semi-final. With lush green pitches at his disposal, he will be licking his lips to shatter a billion dreams of lifting an ICC trophy once again.
Other Valuable Picks: Devon Conway, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson
IND playing 11: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma
NZ playing 11 (likely): Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(wk), Colin De Grandhomme/ Ajax Patel, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
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Have not played Test cricket in Rose Bowl to date.
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Who will win today match: It’s very tough to predict the outcome of this match. Both sides are evenly matched, and that is the prime reason why they are playing in a Test Championship Final after fighting it hard for the last 2 years. As far as the bowling department is concerned both are equally strong with India having a slight advantage of having 2 finger spinners in their armory, who may prove to be useful if the pitch turns dry in the last one or two days. That being said, the current weather condition in Southampton is predicting a rain-interrupted match with overcast conditions, if that’s the case, then New Zealand’s swing bowlers will have their task cut out easy. So unless the weather plays spoilsport, India will start as slight favourites owing to their recent form and recent success in away tours. So India Fantasy IND vs NZ WTC Final prediction is 55-45 in favour of India.
Today match score: Average first innings score on this ground is 312.
Today pitch report: The wicket in Southampton is historically good to bat on in the initial days. The pitch laid out for the Final is greenish than the usual Southampton wicket. That added with the overcast conditions will assist swing bowling by a large margin. Traditionally spinners will come into play during the latter half of the Test match and hence this promises to be a perfect sporting wicket.
Who won the last match: The last Test between both sides happened in New Zealand, where the home team whitewashed the visitors 2-0.
Schedule: IND vs NZ, ICC World Test Championship Final, 3:00 PM IST
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