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England vs New Zealand: The ICC ODI World Cup 2023 is finally underway, and the first match of the tournament is a blockbuster between the two teams that played the most dramatic final in the history of the game. England, the defending champions, will take on New Zealand, the runners-up, at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on October 5, Thursday. The match will be a test of nerves, skills, and luck for both sides, as they look to start their campaign on a high note.
- Match: England (ENG) vs New Zealand (NZ), Match 1, ICC Men’s ODI Cricket World Cup 2023
- Match Date: October 5, 2023
- Time: 02:00 PM I.S.T.
- Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
England vs New Zealand: Pitch Report
The pitch at Ahmedabad is expected to be a slow and low surface that will favor the bowlers, especially the spinners, as the match progresses. The dew factor will also come into play in the second innings, making it difficult for the bowlers to grip the ball. The teams will have to adjust their strategies accordingly and make use of the powerplay overs.
England are the favorites to win the match, as they have a formidable batting lineup that can chase down any target or set up a huge total. They also have a balanced bowling attack that can exploit any conditions. Their captain Jos Buttler is one of the most destructive batsmen in the world, and he will be supported by Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, and Liam Livingstone. Their bowling department is led by Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, and Adil Rashid, who can trouble any batting order.
New Zealand Preview
New Zealand’s captain Tom Latham is an experienced campaigner who can lead from the front with his batting and keeping skills. He will be assisted by Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, and Mark Chapman. Their bowling unit is spearheaded by Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, and Ish Sodhi, who can pose a threat to any batting lineup. New Zealand have a reputation of always punching above weights when it comes to ICC tournaments and it will be no different this time.
England Predicted XIs
England: Jos Buttler (c & wk), Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Reece Topley.
New Zealand Predicted XIs
New Zealand: Tom Latham (c & wk), Devon Conway, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.
England vs New Zealand Head-to-Head in ODIs
Played – 95, England – 44, New Zealand – 44, No Result – 4, Tied – 3
England vs New Zealand Betting Odds
|Team to win the match||1.44||2.76|
|Team to win the toss||1.90||1.90|
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Where to Watch England vs New Zealand
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