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Table-toppers India and New Zealand will be hunting for their fifth successive win in the tournament when they face off in the 21st match of the 2023 World Cup. This encounter will be played at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Sunday, October 22.
Our top India vs New Zealand predictions
- 1 Our top India vs New Zealand predictions
- 2 IND vs NZ – Who will win their fifth?
- 3 Pitch report and weather conditions
- 4 Key match details for IND vs NZ
This promises to be a close tussle in conditions that could well even out the battle by taking the home advantage away from India. Which is why, at 2/1 (3.0), New Zealand look tempting odds to grab a win here.
First Prediction: New Zealand to win: 2/1 (3.0)
On paper India look the favourites but at 2/1, New Zealand have tempting odds associated with them for their win. More so given the conditions in Dharamsala would be to their liking and take the Indian spin threat away.
Second Prediction: Top New Zealand bowler – Trent Boult: 16/5 (4.2)
Trent Boult, with his left-arm seamers, has troubled the Indian top-order in the past having picked up a whopping 24 wickets against them at an average of 24.6. Expect him to do something similar here.
IND vs NZ – Who will win their fifth?
Two teams in the form of their lives, go into this one knowing that a win here will all but seal their semifinal berth. The conditions at this venue should even the contest out too, making the toss a bit of a crucial factor.
India have had all their guns firing but received a bit of a jolt in the last game when all-rounder Hardik Pandya injured his ankle and was ruled out of this one.
This could force them into making two changes – a frontline batsman in place of Hardik and as a result, a seamer in Mohammad Shami for Shardul Thakur.
New Zealand could be missing Kane Williamson again but Tom Latham has done such a fine job as the captain, keeper and batsman that they haven’t had any issues.
And having tackled the Afghanistan spinners the way they did in the previous game, the Kiwis will be well-prepared for their Indian counterparts here.
India vs New Zealand h2h score
They have faced off 116 times in ODI cricket with India leading 58 to 50. One of the matches ended in a tie.
In India, however, this record tapers greatly in favour of the hosts who lead 29-8. Over the last five ODIs in India, they have won five.
The point in New Zealand’s favour is their semifinal win over India at the last World Cup which rankle the hosts.
Pitch report and weather conditions
The weather is expected to touch a maximum of 19 degrees centigrade which will work in favour of the Kiwis, especially in the evening when it will get cooler and the ball could move around under the lights. This could bring the seamers into this in the second innings.
Key match details for IND vs NZ
- Date & Time: 8.30 am GMT, Sunday, October 22
- Venue: HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala
- Where to watch: Sky Sports will broadcast this match live in the UK while in India, you can subscribe to Star Sports and Disney+ Hotstar to watch this live. Sky Sport and skygo.co.nz are the go-to ways to watch it in New Zealand.
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