- India and New Zealand are the only unbeaten teams in the World Cup 2023 with four wins each.
- New Zealand have defeated India in the previous four high-stakes clashes in ICC tournaments.
India will be up against their recent nemesis New Zealand in the 21st match of the World Cup 2023 at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala on October 22nd. The men in blue have won four games on the trot, recently defeating Bangladesh by seven wickets. India are favourites to win this match at 1.45
New Zealand have also been undefeated in the ongoing tournament, winning all four of their games. They defeated the defending champions England in the first game and most recently, hammered Afghanistan by 149 runs. New Zealand have odds of 2.87 to win this match.
The head-to-head record between these two sides is tilted towards India. They have faced each other in 116 ODI matches till date, with India winning 58 games and New Zealand coming out on top 50 times. Talking about the previous 10 encounters, the Black Caps lead the scoreline by 5-3.
New Zealand have won the toss twice in this tournament and have opted to chase. India have won all four of their matches while chasing. Both teams are likely to stick to their preference. Our toss prediction is that India will win the toss and bowl first.
Both India and New Zealand have won four games on the trot in the ongoing WC but India have faced tougher opponents. India also have a stronger side on paper and will head into this match as favourites, with a win probability of 62%.
The average first innings score at HPCA Stadium In Dharamsala after seven ODIs reads 231. The average score for the second innings goes down to 199.
The pitches at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium are known to assist seamers. In the ongoing tournament, seamers have found the most amount of movement at this venue. The weather could impact the match as Dharamsala is predicted to witness thunderstorms in some parts on Sunday. There’s a 70% cloud cover and a 55% chance of precipitation.
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Devon Conway, Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c/wk), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Virat Kohli: The Indian maestro is coming off a magnificent century against Bangladesh. Kohli has scored 871 runs in ODI cricket this year at an average of 67 while striking at 105. He has registered four hundreds and as many fifties this year.
Trent Boult: The left arm seamer is one of the best in the business and will be a huge threat to India at this venue. Boult has taken 15 wickets in nine games since his return to the side, averaging just 20.20 apiece.
New Zealand matches pretty well against India with new-ball swing and left-arm spin. But the men in blue have been in incredible form and have a solid batting line-up. Their bowling attack is set to be strengthened further with Mohammed Shami likely to come in.
Our pick: Back India to win the match at 1.45
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Jasprit Bumrah has been bowling exceptionally well since his comeback from injury. He had claimed 18 wickets in nine innings this year at 18.27 runs apiece. Back Bumrah at 4.04 to be India’s top bowler in the match!