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India Elect To Bat First Against New Zealand


India Elect To Bat First Against New Zealand

IND vs NZ World Cup Semifinal Live Score: Hello and welcome to live coverage of India vs New Zealand Cricket World Cup 2023 semifinal match at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, Maharashtra. In the first ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 semifinal at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, Team India led by Rohit Sharma face off against New Zealand on November 15 (Wednesday). India, topping the Points Table with an unbeaten streak of nine wins, aim to continue their dominant form for a fourth World Cup final appearance.

Contrastingly, New Zealand struggled after a good start into the tournament with four consecutive losses but clinched a spot in the knockouts after a crucial win against Sri Lanka. India secured a convincing victory over New Zealand in their recent encounter in Dharamsala. This match marks their fifth showdown in men’s ODIs this year, with India winning all previous four clashes in 2023. However, before this streak, the Black Caps had won five matches against India.

The pitch at the Wankhede Stadium is known for its balance and is expected to remain consistent throughout the match. Over the last ten matches at this venue, the average score in the first innings has been 318.

However in this World Cup, teams batting first have capitalised more on power plays compared to teams batting second. The first powerplay aggregate score for teams batting first is 209, with only five wickets lost, while for teams batting second, it’s 168 with 17 wickets lost. Therefore, winning the toss might prompt the captain to choose batting first. Pace bowlers have been significantly more successful at this venue, accounting for 83% of the total wickets taken.

The weather at the Wankhede Stadium during the day is expected to be around 32 degrees Celsius with 86% cloud cover. At night, the temperature drops to 16 degrees with cloud cover reducing to 18%. Rain is not expected during the day, but pacers will aim to exploit the cloudy conditions to secure early wickets.

Probable Playing XIs for IND vs NZ

India: Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma (C), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj

New Zealand: Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson (C), Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Tom Latham (WK), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

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