With India yet to clear the haze over the No. 4 position, the match will be more than the ritual of allowing one top-order batsman after another a hit in the middle.
Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first in the warm-up match against New Zealand in London on Saturday.
Injured all-rounder Vijay Shankar is not listed in the Indian team list as also Kedar Jadhav. The Indian team is playing only 13 players today.
After losing the toss, Kane Williamson also announced that his team would also be playing only 13 with Matt Henry and Tom Latham were not included in the list.
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Armed with pedigree, personnel and form, favourite India will look to hit the ground running when it faces New Zealand in its opening warm-up game of the World Cup on Saturday.
However, with India yet to clear the haze over the No. 4 position, the match will be more than the ritual of allowing one top-order batsman after another a hit in the middle. The outing at the Kennington Oval will go beyond experimenting with its highly skilled bowling attack, and quite a bit of focus will be on K.L. Rahul, a contender for the No. 4 slot.
In Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan as openers followed by Virat Kohli, India has one of the finest top three in the world.
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