Dhawan injury in focus ahead of India´s New Zealand clash

Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan

India assistant coach Sanjay Bangar confirmed on Wednesday that No. 4 batsman KL Rahul will be promoted to bat at the top of the order in the forthcoming matches.

"Factoring in a reserve day for every match at the World Cup would significantly increase the length of the tournament and practically would be extremely complex to deliver", ICC Chief Executive David Richardson had said in a statement a few days back.

None of the World Cup games featuring India and New Zealand has been affected so far even though India had to cancel a training session each ahead of the first match in Southampton on June 5 and London on June 9.

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The rain has not been heavy over the last couple of days, but annoying enough to cause regular interruptions in the game. "We know we still have to play good cricket against all the teams we come up against", Stead said. My first tour was in Dubai and it rained there in the desert'.

Team physio Patrick Farhart is assessing Dhawan's injury after the batsman was taken to Leeds for detailed scans. The Black Caps have been absolutely ruthless in the three games they have played so far in the tournament.

Reports from India suggest Pant, who missed out on making the 15-man World Cup squad, is expected to fly in as cover for Dhawan.

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New Zealand are now leading the points table with three wins from as many games.

Kane Williams led the way with an unbeaten 79, including an 89-run third-wicket partnership Ross Taylor (48) as New Zealand reached 173-3 in the 33rd over.

Earlier, speaking about his team's momentum, Indian Captain Virat Kohli said his job is simple: When India is fielding, he merely chooses which team-mate bowls next and lets them rip. With his smart play and the ability to counter spin-bowling, the Kiwi skipper will look to hold the innings together against India.

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