first_imgTaking wickets up front is the key to beating India: New Zealand pacer Lockie FergusonNew Zealand will take on India in their fourth match of the World Cup 2019 at Trent Bridge on June 12.advertisement Reuters NottinghamJune 12, 2019UPDATED: June 12, 2019 10:24 IST India’s batting lineup boasts of world class players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand had defeated India in a warm-up match before the World CupNew Zealand haven’t lost a game yet and top the points table with 3 winsThe threat of rain looms large over the contest between the tournament’s only two unbeaten teamsNew Zealand cannot afford to squander even half-chances against a team of India’s calibre in Thursday’s World Cup match at Trent Bridge, Kiwi fast bowler Lockie Ferguson said.The right-arm paceman will be spending much of his 28th birthday trying to tame a formidable Indian batting order headlined by Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, the top two batsmen in ODI rankings.”They’re world-class players, you’re not going to blow them out of the water, but if you can build up enough pressure against them and then create a half-chance, that could be the wicket and you can then build from there,” Ferguson told reporters on Tuesday.”Obviously, they’re playing some great cricket and they’re one of the top teams in the competition but we’re definitely looking forward to the opportunity of playing them in England and we haven’t played them for a while in England.”India have adopted a new approach to the first powerplay overs which was evident in their clinical victory against Australia on Sunday.Kohli’s men collected only 41 runs in the first 10 overs, without losing a wicket, but went on to plunder 116 during the last 10 en route to a commanding 352-5 which was beyond Australia’s reach.”They showed us that they’re probably a lot more patient in a way,” Ferguson said.”And although we’re looking to take wickets, sometimes we got a little bit expensive. I think taking wickets up front is the key to (beating) India but, if not, creating pressure and building dots balls.”The threat of rain looms large over the contest between the tournament’s only two unbeaten teams. A record three matches have already been either abandoned or called off in the weather-hit tournament and Ferguson hoped Trent Bridge would not fall victim to another downpour.advertisement”It’s the World Cup. We’re playing against India in the World Cup and it’s an opportunity to get two points and we don’t want to get rained-out games,” he said.”I don’t think any players do but if that happens then so be it. We can’t control that but we’re looking forward to playing India and getting some confidence against them.”Also Read | Shikhar Dhawan joins MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to watch Bharat in NottinghamAlso Read | Rishabh Pant to join Team India as cover for injured Shikhar DhawanAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan’s absence will put more pressure on Rohit Sharma, says Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan under observation, no replacement yetFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow World Cup 2019Follow Lockie Ferguson Nextlast_img

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