Can the Kiwis upstage the reigning champions without Williamson and Southee?
- New Zealand lost the four-match series against England in the lead up by 1-3.
- England won the 2019 World Cup on the boundary countback after the super over was tied in the final against New Zealand.
It will be England and New Zealand taking on each other in the opening game of the 2023 World Cup on October 5th. The defending champions England, who defeated the Black Caps in a series recently, will be hoping to get off to a winning start. England are favourites to win this match at 1.48
New Zealand are a side that is known to punch above their weight, especially in world events. After the series defeat against England, their batting clicked well against Pakistan in the first warm-up game, chasing 346. New Zealand have odds of 2.76 to win this match.
The head-to-head record between these two teams is evenly matched, with both teams winning 44 ODIs each and playing three ties. As for the last 10 encounters, England have won seven while New Zealand have been victorious only twice.
The venue has hosted 28 ODIs, with the team batting first winning 16 of those. There is likely to be more help for bowlers under lights, so teams could look to bat first. Our toss prediction is that England will win the toss and bat first.
England have recently hammered New Zealand and have a stronger side on paper. Considering these factors, England walk into this game as favourites with a win probability of 67%.
The average first innings score at this ground after 28 ODIs stands at 235. The number for the second innings reads 203.
The pitches in Ahmedabad are generally good for batting but bowlers always remain in the game with extra bounce. Seamers should get good assistance with the new ball. The weather in Ahmedabad is expected to be hazy and warm on October 5th, with no threat of rain.
Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (c/wk), Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley
Devon Conway, Will Young, Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c/wk), Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Trent Boult: The New Zealand seamer recently picked eight wickets in two ODIs against England. Boult, one of the best in the business, will be a big threat with the new ball in this game.
Jos Buttler: The England skipper has a terrific record in fifty-over cricket with 4823 runs at an average of 42. He has an excellent strike rate of 118 and will be key for England in this match.
England dominated New Zealand in the recent series, winning by three games on the trot by heavy margins. While the bowling attacks are almost similar in quality, England have a superior batting unit. We predict that England will win the match.
Our pick: Back England at 1.48 to win this one!
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Reece Topley looked in good rhythm as the series against New Zealand progressed. He picked 3 for 27 and 2 for 31 in two of the innings. Back Topley at 3.75 to be England’s top bowler in the match!