India vs New Zealand: India and New Zealand will face each other in the first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 on November 15 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India. The match will start at 02:00 PM IST. India finished the group stage with a flawless record of nine wins in nine matches. Led by Rohit Sharma, India showed a dominant performance in every game. The Indian team looks well-rounded, with all aspects of their game performing at a high level.
New Zealand had a mixed journey in the tournament. They started well, but suffered four consecutive losses. However, they bounced back with a win against Sri Lanka in their last match, securing a spot in the semi-finals.
The pitch at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai is a balanced track and is likely to remain consistent throughout the match. The average score in the first innings in the last 10 matches at this stadium is 318.
It is advisable to field first at this venue, as the team batting second has won 60 per cent of its matches.
The temperature at the Wankhede Stadium is expected to be around 28 degrees Celsius with 49 per cent humidity.
Dream 11 prediction
Virat Kohli: India batter Virat Kohli has amassed 594 runs in nine matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 at an average of 99 and a strike rate of 88.52. He has smashed five half-centuries and two centuries and achieved the highest score of 103 not out.
Rachin Ravindra: New Zealand’s Rachin Ravindra has hit 565 runs in nine matches and is the team’s number-one run-scorer this edition. He has a strike rate of 108.45 and averages 70.63. He also has two half-centuries and three tons to his name in this campaign.
Jasprit Bumrah: The India bowler has taken 17 wickets in nine matches. Jasprit Bumrah’s best figures for this season is 4/39 and he averages 15.64.
Mitchell Santner: The New Zealand bowler has picked up 16 wickets in nine matches so far at an average of 24.87. The figures of 5/59 are Mitchell Santner’s finest bowling performance of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
Dream 11 Team
Wicket-Keepers: KL Rahul
Batters: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Rachin Ravindra, Shreyas Iyer
All-Rounder: Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner
Bowlers: Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Tim Southee
Captain: Virat Kohli
Vice-Captain: Rachin Ravindra
India and New Zealand have played 117 ODIs against each other. India have won 59 matches, while New Zealand have won 50 matches. One match ended in a tie and seven matches had no result.
The last five ODI matches have seen India win four times while New Zealand have not won a single match. The highest score in these five matches is 385 by India while the lowest has been 104 by New Zealand.
The team batting first has won 24 times and lost 28 times in 57 matches, while the team chasing has won 35 times and lost 22 times in 60 matches.
India, with nine wins in a row in the tournament, are the favourites to win the semi-final against New Zealand. India have a strong batting line-up, led by Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, and a potent bowling attack, spearheaded by Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami. India also have the advantage of playing at home, in front of a supportive crowd.
New Zealand, on the other hand, have been inconsistent in the tournament. They have relied heavily on their captain Kane Williamson and their all-rounder Rachin Ravindra for runs, and their bowling has been exposed by the top teams. New Zealand will have to play out of their skins to challenge India in the semi-final.
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