IND vs NZ – 1st Semi-Final Prediction 15 Nov 2023
India aims to put the haunting memories of the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2019 behind them as they face New Zealand in the semi-final of the current competition at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.
- The Men in Blue enter the knockout stage with a perfect record, having won all nine of their league stage matches.
- In a crucial encounter at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala, they emerged victorious against the Kiwis.
- On the other hand, New Zealand began the tournament strongly with four consecutive wins but faced a downturn, losing an equal number of matches consecutively.
IND vs NZ – ICC WC 2023 – Venue Details
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date: November 15th 2023
Time: 14:00 (local)
IND vs NZ – ICC WC 2023 – Team Previews
Rohit Sharma’s team entered the tournament as favorites and has progressively bolstered its stature and confidence with each game. Having secured comprehensive victories and triumphed over every opponent, they notably dominated against New Zealand earlier in the tournament.
Sharma and his team aim to replicate that success, acknowledging New Zealand’s strengths and adopting an aggressive approach in this crucial match. Regardless of whether the trophy drought concludes in a week’s time, the team’s achievements—such as the freedom displayed in their batting, the disciplined approach in bowling, the self-trust and methodology, and the joy they’ve shared—already carry a historic resonance.
India has maintained a consistent playing XI since their fifth league game, which coincidentally was against New Zealand in Dharamshala.
Kane Williamson’s team secured their spot in the semifinals by defeating Sri Lanka in the last game, delivering an impressive performance when it counted the most. Despite facing four consecutive losses earlier, they made a strong comeback. Williamson aims to replicate their successful 2019 campaign, where they eliminated India from the tournament. While challenging, his team possesses the necessary resources for a strong performance.
Rachin Ravindra has emerged as the standout star of the tournament, showcasing exceptional batting skills with a total of 565 runs, including two half-centuries and three centuries in nine games. The Kiwis will rely on him for a solid start, particularly given the relatively subdued form of Devon Conway.
Lockie Ferguson, who has been managing an Achilles injury, is expected to be fit for the semi-final, providing a boost to the fast-bowling department. On the eve of the game, Williamson confirmed that all players in their squad were fit and available for selection.
IND vs NZ – ICC WC 2023 – Probable Playing XI’s
India: R Sharma (Cap), S Gill, V Kohli, S Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), S Yadav, Ravi Jadeja, Mohd Shami, Mohd Siraj, K Yadav, J Bumrah
New Zealand: D Conway, R Ravindra, K Williamson (Cap), D Mitchell, M Chapman, T Latham (wk), G Phillips, Mitch Santner, T Southee, L Ferguson, T Boult
IND vs NZ – ICC WC 2023 – Pitch Report and Toss Prediction
In this World Cup, the Wankhede Stadium has witnessed an average first innings score surpassing 350. The track tends to become more favourable for batsmen as the dew factor comes into play during the second innings. Considering this, both teams participating in the semi-final should target a substantial total if they intend to set a challenging target for their opponents.
IND vs NZ – ICC WC 2023 – Win Prediction
Four years on from suffering a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of the same opposition, India might be too strong for the Kiwis this time around, especially in home conditions.