New Zealand vs Tonga Match Prediction (02-09-2019 )

Our Prediction:

New Zealand

Will win

Will the black-caps break Indias winning streak? However, having defeated the defending champions in their previous cwc match, team India will be in good spirits to take on the black caps. New Zealand has also been performing well this time around and cannot be taken lightly. Lets find out what Ganesha has to say about the 18th match of CWC 2019. Who do you think will win the IND vs NZ Cricket Match of the ICC World Cup 2019? India is all set to take on New Zealand in the 18th match of the ICC World Cup 2019. Will Dhawan score another century?

The teams traded disallowed tries for forward passes after that, which ruined a neat bit athleticism from Tongas Daniel Tupou. Eventually the Kiwis got on top on the scoreboard asDallin Watene-Zelezniak finished off a nice movement to the left. Jordan Rapana then put on some acrobatics to seal the next Kiwi try in the opposite corner to make it 10-2. Earlier Tonga opened the scoring with a penalty goal after a frenetic opening which saw plenty of power running, big hits and some end to end excitement.

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New Zealands starting line-up is their oldest ever Rugby World Cup starting XV with an average age of 28 years and 189 days. This will be the first time they field a RWC starting line-up with an average age over 28. This is also the oldest ever Rugby World Cup starting line-up by any of the Tri Nations.Four of New Zealands starting XV Tony Woodcock, Ali Williams, Richie McCaw and Daniel Carter also started the All Blacks first and last matches at Rugby World Cup 2007.Carter, Williams and Brad Thorn, who will partner Williams in the second row, all started New Zealands previous RWC match against Tonga in 2003.

The wise thing to do would be to play an up-tempo, crowd-pleasing game and rely on speed and talent. They might have the muscle and resolve to cope with a power game, but that will play straight into the Tongans' hands. They need to keep moving Tonga's big men Fifita, Taukeiaho and Fonua-Blake around and test their mobility. The Kiwis boast more skill and creativity among their little men and Michael Maguire will be looking at ways to make the most of it.

Whatever else you do this weekend, don't miss the pre-game stand-off when the teams perform their traditional war cries. It's sure to be spine-tingling stuff. The Tongans will no doubt provide a stirring presentation of the Sipi Tau, while the Kiwis will let the Tongans know they are in enemy territory with a typically passionate rendition of the world-famous Haka.

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Their for and against is better by a full 38 points, and their 74-6 demolition of Scotland last weekend showed their real quality. Despite seeing Jason Taumalolo and others defect to Tonga, and talk of disunity in the team before the tournament, you could argue that New Zealand have been the slightly more impressive side out of the two Pool B front runners so far.

He (Muliaina) has been one of the top full-backs in the world for some time, but hes having a bit of a flat patch at the moment, said coach Graham Henry, explaining his full-backs absence. He understands it is a competitive position. But knowing Mils he will respond to that.

For the Kiwis to be victorious, they are going to have to keep the larger Tongan pack moving and tired, if they can do that they can get that electrifying backline involved targeting gaps in the defensive line. Brandon Smith will need to take advantage of the Tongan slow ruck defence with some quick dummy half runs if the Kiwis can run in open spaces they can tear the Tongans to shreds.


Even after being unbeaten for six matches, they lost to Australia and Pakistan. England will be required to play in the same order even against New Zealand to go through to the next leg of the championship. As for New Zealand, it is their batting order that needs to be worked upon. Their defeat against Pakistan was another upset. New Zealand lost to Australia as well in the 37th match of the World Cup 2019. Ganesha rightly predicted the outcome of the game. With Roy back on the team, England seems to be a lot more in control when it comes to their opening partnership. While England defeated India, they proved just how seasoned they were in terms of ODIs.

New Zealand: Coach Michael Maguire has opted to go with a Marshall-Johnson halves combination, with Kieran Foran named among the reserves. Such is the strength of the Kiwi pack that Nelson Asofa-Solomona will come from the bench. Jahrome Hughes and Briton Nikora will make their Test debuts. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves has served his suspension for that late hit on Kalyn Ponga in round 11 and will take his place in the front row with Jesse Bromwich.

India defeated Australia by 36 runs in their second match of the championship while the Aussies faced their first loss at the prestigious Kennington oval. Theyve played three ODI matches up until now. India marked their 50th ODI victory against the Aussies and scored a whopping 352! The 18th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 will be played between India and New Zealand. What makes this victory special for India is the fact that Australia and India are both at par in terms of their form at the moment.