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Welcome to our live blog. Ball-by-ball commentary for the match here. Please refresh the blog for new updates!

Match notes: Vijay Shankar was hit on his right hand during practice yesterday and misses out today. Kedar Jadhav, who's recovering from an injured shoulder, has been rested. Both sides are playing 13 players-a-side today.

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Wicket

Bhuvneshwar's stonewalling effort - a 17-ball 1 - comes to an end in the 29th over, giving Neesham his third wicket. Poking at a delivery outside off, Bhuvneshwar edges it to Ross Taylor at slip, leaving India at 115 for 8.

Dhoni out, India 91/7

Walks out and tries to unsettle Tim Southee's length, only to be caught at midwicket. This has been a lazy batting performance from India. Agreed that it's not the easiest batting conditions, and that New Zealand are known to use these conditions better than anyone else, but it's certainly not a 91/7 wicket.

Neesham picks Pandya, Karthik

After looking supreme at the crease, negotiating swing and seam with some delightful cover drives, Pandya is out on Jimmy Neesham's first ball in the match. Seam, taking the outside edge, caught. Nevertheless, his three back-to-back fours off the bowling of Lockie Ferguson stood out.

Out walks Dinesh Karthik, hits his first ball for a boundary but is out on his third, holing out a leg-stump half volley at fine leg. Meanwhile, Dhoni has been his usual self in England, walking across the stumps and leaving the swinging deliveries way outside off-stump. It's fun watching him bat.

Kohli falls

Swing, swing, swing. De Grandhomme comes and gets one to nip back in his first over. And Kohli, after living through that testing Boult spell, falls. He'd looked so good until then: batting outside his crease, playing late, and still hitting his patent shots on the off-side. Absolute delight.

Out walks MS Dhoni. What can he and Hardik Pandya do here?

Boult doing it again

He's picked 44 wickets in the powerplays since the 2015 World Cup - the most by any bowler - and he's showing why today. After Rohit and Dhawan, he also has KL Rahul, who's out bowled. Deepu has more stats for you.

Openers fall to Trent Boult

Rohit fell LBW to a ball that swung back in, whereas left-handed Dhawan inside-edged a delivery that swung back into him. Boult's skills on full display at The Oval. There's grass on the track but it's the swing in the air that's beating the batsmen. There's reviews available in the warm-up match today (wait, what?) and both the teams have used it so far. Rohit used it, only for Kumar Dharmasena's on-field decision to stand, and then Kane Williamson did. Got the decision reversed and sent Dhawan packing.

Out walks KL Rahul at No 4 in the absence of Vijay Shankar, who was hit on his right hand by a short ball from Khaleel Ahmed in the nets yesterday.

Put that book down and read this

Bharath Ramaraj is rumoured to have been around since the first ball was bowled in cricket, so here's he writing about the origins of ODI cricket. Varun Dixit, known for his cricket knowledge (and two-finger typing akin to me), writes about the art of wristspin and how it's going to be crucial this World Cup.

Besides that, here's Kritika Naidu with the story behind Australia's win in the 2003 World Cup.

Stats people, Deepu Narayanan has you covered. He looks into how the teams fare in the powerplay and how they fare in the middle overs.

TOSS: India bat first

Both the teams are playing 13 players-a-side. It's a *green* pitch, so you can see why Kohli has opted to bat first, especially after New Zealand had them on the mat towards the end of the recent series between the sides. Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar aren't playing today owing to injuries.

Here are the teams:

New Zealand (Batting XI, Fielding XI): Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson(c), Tom Blundell(w), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Henry Nicholls, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi

India (Batting XI, Fielding XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal

Build-up

You and me can try hard and pretend about today's game but it's all but a main course. Hello and welcome to the warm-up match between India and New Zealand at The Oval in London.

I know, that you're still seething at my opening intro line. I know we want more context, I know we want the World Cup jolting us awake, but there's something at stake. India have lost more games than they've won against New Zealand in the World Cups - and that's something that India would like to feel good about before they step into the tournament mains.

A plethora of questions await the teams:

Yes, Vijay Shankar is in the final fifteen but how fit is he after being hit on his right hand during practice? And how much of a certainty is he at the No 4 position? Ravi Shastri has constantly stressed on the word "flexible", so don't you take anything for granted. Who out of Shami and Bhuvneshwar? Do both the legspinners play now that Hardik Pandya's back? How fit is Kedar Jadhav really? And does he play the warm-up games or does he rest up for the South Africa match? Who opens for New Zealand - the incumbent Henry Nicholls or Colin Munro? How many all-rounders do they play? Does Tim Southee merit a play in this side?

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