IND vs NZ Who Will Win?
India will take on New Zealand in match number 21 of the 2023 ODI World Cup in Dharamshala. Both sides walk into the contest undefeated so far. New Zealand made a big statement in the World Cup opening game outplaying defending champions, England. They have pocketed 4 wins out of 4 so far. India too has had 4 wins from four 4 matches so far. Only one team will maintain their unbeaten streak after this game.
Current Form India
The Indian team started their World Cup campaign with a convincing win over 5-time champions, Australia. India found themselves in familiar troubles losing 3 wickets for 2 runs chasing a paltry score of 200. But a solid partnership between Virat Kohli and KL Rahul saw them through. India has since then defeated 3 Asian teams with fairly big margins. Their stranglehold over the opponents in the middle overs has been eye-catching.
India’s powerplay prowess with the bat has made other sides take notice. Can they reproduce their magical form against their bogey team in ICC tournaments? A nation of 1.3 billion is waiting in anticipation to know!
Current Form New Zealand
New Zealand established themselves as strong title contenders after annihilating England in the first game. They put up clinical performances against the Netherlands, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. In all fairness, New Zealand hasn’t come up against top sides barring England so far. Their first real examination will come up against the hosts. They have had the wood over India in ICC tournaments of later. The Kiwis will look to extend their dominance in this edition too.
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IND vs NZ World Cup Head-to-head
Both sides have met each other 9 times in the ODI World Cups. New Zealand holds the upper hand with 5 wins while India has won 3 times. The 2019 league game between the two sides was washed out. India is yet to beat New Zealand in an ICC event post the 2003 World Cup across formats. The Kiwis have been a thorn in the flesh of Indians on multiple occasions. Can India break the jinx?
IND vs NZ Pitch and weather report
The wicket at Dharamshala has suited spinners in this World Cup, which starkly contrasts the pitch’s general reputation. It is one of the pitches in India that is seam-friendly. India couldn’t have asked for tougher conditions against New Zealand, who might strangely feel at home.
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IND vs NZ Prediction
The Indian team has been playing a refreshing brand of cricket right since the Asia Cup. They have looked like the side to beat in this tournament. But things might quickly unravel for them, especially against an opposition that has dominated them in ICC events in the recent past. The injury to Hardik Pandya is a big blow for the side. New Zealand too will miss the services of their regular captain, Kane Williamson. But the side at this moment looks good without him ironically. The black caps are favourites for this game.