Nottingham: New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has spoken about what is the major factor to beat India when the two teams clash in a group stage match at the ICC World Cup 2019 on Thursday (June 13) at Trent Bridge.

It is the clash of two unbeaten teams. While the Virat Kohli-led India have defeated South Africa and Australia, the Kiwis got the better of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. They sit on top of the table with six points.

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On Tuesday (June 11), Ferguson said they were looking to put pressure on Indian batsmen by taking early wickets.

"They showed us that they're probably a lot more patient in a way. 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," the 27-year-old right-arm paceman said.

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"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. 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," Ferguson, who has taken 54 wickets from 30 ODIs, added.

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India will have a new opening combination as Shikhar Dhawan is ruled out of the game with a thumb injury he sustained against Australia. The left-hander has been kept under observation, said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Dhawan will miss the game against Pakistan as well, on Sunday (June 16). It is still not clear as to when the Delhi batsman will be fit to play.