New Zealand coach Gary Stead has expressed confidence that the opening pair of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro will rediscover their lost touch at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

After an unbeaten 137-run stand in a clinical 10-wicket win against Sri Lanka in New Zealand’s opening game, Guptill and Munro haven’t been able to stitch together a single 50-plus partnership in four innings.

Guptill, who smashed a record-breaking 237* - the highest individual score in World Cups - against West Indies in the 2015 edition, was dismissed for a golden duck facing the same opposition in Manchester, on Saturday, 22 June. Four balls later, Munro succumbed for a first-ball duck as well.

“In any team, you will have times when people don’t score runs. That’s the game of cricket,” Stead told reporters, ahead of the side’s next game, against Pakistan, on 26 June. “Martin and Colin have both done it for us on numerous occasions, and I hope that their time will be the next game."

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