Injury-ridden Black Caps hope to make their third successive ODI World Cup final
- India and New Zealand had met in the World Cup 2019 semi-final, where New Zealand came out victorious by 18 runs.
- India have lost only two of their previous 19 ODIs.
It’s the 2019 knockout rematch as India and New Zealand gear up for the 1st semi-final of the World Cup 2023 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on November 15th. The men in blue have been unbeaten in the competition winning nine out of nine group matches, including their four-wicket win over the Kiwis. India are favourites to win this match at 1.35
New Zealand secured their place in yet another semifinal with a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka. They started with four victories on the trot but then lost their next four, putting their campaign at risk. They have a tough task against India, especially with an injury-ridden squad. New Zealand have odds of 3.28 to win this match.
India hold an edge in the head-to-head record between these two sides. They have competed against one another in 117 ODI matches, of which India have been victorious 59 times while New Zealand have won 50 games. As for the previous 10 encounters, the scoreline is tied at 4-4.
Wankhede Stadium has hosted 27 ODIs, of which the team batting first has won 15 games. Seamers get more movement under the lights and that could prompt teams to bat first. Our toss prediction is that India will win the toss and bat first.
India haven’t missed a beat throughout this tournament, dominating game after game. New Zealand have struggled with form and injuries. Considering all the factors, India head into this match as favourites with a win probability of 74%.
The average first innings score at Wankhede Stadium stands at 261 after 27 ODIs. The number shoots up to 357 from four games in the ongoing tournament.
The pitches at Wankhede Stadium are very good for batting as you can guess from the above numbers. But batters have to get through the initial period where seamers find a great deal of assistance. As for the weather, Mumbai is likely to be hazy and warm on Wednesday with no threat of rain interference. The temperature should range between 29-36 degree Celsius.
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, Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson (c), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (wk), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Jasprit Bumrah: The Indian spearhead has been exceptional in the ongoing World Cup. He has taken 17 wickets from nine innings at an incredible economy of 3.65 while striking at every 25.7 balls.
Trent Boult: The left-arm seamer hasn’t had a great tournament by his standards but remains a big threat to India with the new ball. Boult has picked 13 wickets from nine games at an economy of 5.16.
New Zealand have a decent batting unit but a weakened bowling unit due to Matt Henry’s injury. India, on the other hand, look formidable in both departments. Most of India’s players are in top form and it will take a special performance from New Zealand to beat the hosts.
Our pick: Back India to win the match at 1.35
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Virat Kohli has been magnificent in this World Cup, scoring 594 runs at a strike rate of 88. He has registered two hundreds and five fifties in the tournament. Back Kohli at 3.94 to be India’s top batter in the match!