After a lot of one-sided matches in the tournament till now, the two best teams of the tournament will be up against one another at one of the most picturesque stadiums in the world, hoping to entertain cricket fans around the world with a nail-biting thriller.
In the 21st match of the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023, a jubilant and dominant Indian side will take on a spirited New Zealand side who are at the top of the points table. The top bookmakers in India have World Cup odds with them.
The match between the Men in Blue and the Black Caps will be played on Sunday, October 22, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. IST at the HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala. Both of the teams have won their first four games and are the only unbeaten sides in the league.
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill are in deadly form and can take New Zealand bowlers to the cleaners in the early stages.
The betting tip is...
India to score over 42.5+ in first session
India’s previous match against Bangladesh was again a top performance by the bowlers, as the whole bowling unit has been in sensational form. Rohit and Gill gave the perfect start once again. Kohli came and dominated another run chase, scoring his 78th international ton; and KL Rahul provided the late flourish. India’s fielding has also been top-notch in the tournament so far.
Hardik Pandya suffered an injury to his ankle in the previous match and remains doubtful for this upcoming fixture. He will most likely be replaced by Suryakumar Yadav, who will also make way for Mohammad Shami in place of Shardul Thakur.
Suryakumar Yadav and Mohammad Shami likely to replace Pandya and Thakur in the playing XI.
Predicted Lineup: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubhman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, and Mohammad Siraj
Kane Williamson’s injury has been a big setback for this team, but they have not made anyone feel that they are missing the services of their best player. The New Zealand players are giving their all and making sure that their team does not get satisfied with the runners-up tag this time around.
Mitchell Santner has been the team's best bowler as well as the best fielder. Rachin Ravindra has also shown his talent on the biggest stage, and we think he could be a tough wicket for the Indian bowlers in the forthcoming match.
New Zealand will be going with the same XI that defeated Afghanistan in the last match.
Predicted Lineup: Will Young, Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Tom Latham (c, wk), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, and Lockie Ferguson
The impending clash promises an intriguing showdown that cricket enthusiasts can hardly wait for. At the forefront of this battle is the left-arm seamer, Trent Boult, set to test his mettle against the formidable Indian top order.
India, thus far in the tournament, has exclusively chased down targets, and the upcoming match might throw them a curveball if they find themselves in the unfamiliar position of setting a total. This transition would undoubtedly pose a monumental challenge, especially in the face of New Zealand's menacing bowling attack.
While the Indian bowlers have been in scintillating form, it's the performance of their batters at the outset that could be the deciding factor in this contest. The outcome hinges on how they navigate the formidable Trent Boult in the early stages of their innings. We expect India to edge New Zealand to win this one