The IND vs NZ semi-final 1 of the ICC World Cup 2023 will be played in Mumbai on October 15, Wednesday. The match starts at 2 pm IST. This is in many ways a rematch of the 2019 World Cup semi-final between India and New Zealand. The Kiwis beat India in that game.
This is the second time the two teams are facing each other in this World Cup. India won the previous IND vs NZ match in Dharamsala by four wickets in the league stage. However, the stakes are a lot higher in this game as it’s the semi-final and a knockout game at that.
India are on a nine-match winning streak. They defeated the Netherlands by 160 runs and are the only unbeaten team in this World Cup so far. However, the Indian team has been guilty of losing the previous two semi-finals of the World Cup and is looking to avoid a third defeat. Most of the players who played in the 2019 semi-final are also a part of this team.
New Zealand, on the other hand, is heading into this game after securing a spot in the semi-finals having beaten Sri Lanka in their last game. Their loss to Pakistan made things a little tricky but the Kiwis ensured they won the match by a big margin and in the process boosted their NRR. Pakistan’s loss to England in their last league game meant that Kiwis became the fourth team to make the semis.
IND vs NZ contests in World Cups have been riveting in the past. Memories would go back to the 2019 semi-final loss for every Indian fan. Thus the fans are hopeful that India will turn things around this time especially playing at home. The head-to-head in ODIs between the two teams is pretty even with India winning 59 matches and New Zealand 50.
However, the Kiwis have the edge over India in World Cups, especially in knockout games. They have a 5-4 head-to-head ratio in World Cups. The top players from both teams would like to make an impact in the big game.
Recent Venue Records (Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai)
STATS – ODI
Total matches 33
Matches won batting first 17
Matches won bowling first 16
Average 1st Inns scores 248
Average 2nd Inns scores 199
Highest total recorded 438/4 (50 Ov) by RSA vs IND
Lowest total recorded 55/10 (19.4 Ov) by SL vs IND
Highest score chased 293/7 (46.5 Ov) by AUS vs AFG
Lowest score defended 192/9 (50 Ov) by WI vs IND
Who Will Score Most Runs For India: Virat Kohli / Rohit Sharma
Who Will Take Most Wickets For India: Jasprit Bumrah / Mohammed Shami
Who Will Score Most Runs For New Zealand: Devon Conway / Kane Williamson
Who Will Take Most Wickets For New Zealand: Trent Boult / Tim Southee
IND vs NZ Match Prediction- Who Will Win Today ODI Match? ICC World Cup 2023 Semi-Final 1
Playing in home conditions India have the edge over New Zealand in the first semi-final in Mumbai. India is likely to win.