The Indian Cricket team is all set to begin their campaign at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with a warm-up match against New Zealand on May 25. The match will be played at the Kennington Oval in London. Led by Virat Kohli, the Indian squad is a formidable one and one of the favourites to lift the trophy.

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The final of the tournament will be played at the Lord's Cricket Ground in London on July 14, 2019.

There will be only 10 teams participating in this year's tournament compared to the 14 teams which took part in the previous editions in 2011 and 2015. India had won the 2011 edition at home while they finished as the semi-finalists in the 2015 edition in Australia and New Zealand.

Hotstar live telecast details

Star Sports is the official broadcaster of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in India. All the matches will be televised on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 Hindi HD. Hotstar will live stream the matches of the tournament. The live streaming will be available to the premium subscribers via the app and website.

Read: ICC World Cup 2019 Warm-Up Matches Live Streaming: 5 places to watch online

Schedule

As per the format, each of the ten teams is supposed to play all the teams once during the long round-robin stage. There will be ten warm-up matches played before the tournament begins on May 30. After facing the Kiwis in London, India will fly to Cardiff where they are set to face Bangladesh on May 28 in their second warm-up match.

Once the tournament begins, India will start their quest with a highly anticipated clash against South Africa on June 5 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. After this, the two-time World champions will face the other oppositions one by one.

India is set to face their arch-rivals Pakistan in Manchester on June 16. The hype around the match is expected to be on another level. Interestingly, the two rivals sides have encountered six times in the World Cup but Pakistan have lost all the six matches. India's last group stage match will be against Sri Lanka in Leeds on July 6.

Squad

The Indian squad for the World Cup was announced last month and there were some surprises.

Ambati Rayudu, who had been a regular feature in the squad for some time, was axed for World Cup. Vijay Shankar, the batting all-rounder, for preferred ahead of Rayudu due to his ability to be a three-dimensional cricketer. Dinesh Karthik was given a spot as the second choice wicket-keeper due to his experience ahead of Rishabh Pant. Under the leadership of Virat Kohli, the squad looks quite good and has the ability to beat any side of any given day.

Back in 1983 when India won their first World Cup, the tournament was hosted by England. 36 years later, Virat Kohli's men will hope to replicate the success of Kapil Dev and his side.

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