Date: October 28, 2023
Time: 10:30 am IST
Venue: Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
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The ICC ODI World Cup 2023 will see two of world cricket’s biggest teams - Australia and New Zealand lock horns at the scenic HPCA stadium in Dharamsala. Entering this game, the five-time World Champions have regained form and registered three straight wins. At the same time, New Zealand, after its dominant start, hit a massive roadblock after suffering a big defeat against India.
The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala has had some balanced pitches with an average score of 237 where both batters and bowlers have managed to perform. The batters have scored a lot of runs, thanks to the ground’s short dimensions and a true bounce off the track. At the same time, fast bowlers can come into play early in both innings with a new ball while spinners generally find it difficult.
Pat Cummins and Co. have finally shown up at the World Cup with some dominant performance after two back-to-back defeats. The batting led by the openers, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh, has found form. Similarly, quality runs from Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell further bolster the Aussie batting. In the bowling department, Adam Zampa’s red-hot form has been the biggest positive with quality performances from the pace battery.
Top-order batter Travis Head is nearing full fitness after missing the first few games of the tournament due to a fractured hand.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Australia:
David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood
The Tom Latham-led New Zealand will enter this fixture after losing their game in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 against India. But before the loss, the Kiwis emerged as a tournament favourite with consecutive dominant performances. The Blackcaps' batting has been carried by the likes of Daryl Mitchell, Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra. Whereas the bowling has performed like a unit with Mitchell Santer and Matt Henry being among the highest-wicket takers in the tournament.
Kane Williamson has been out of the playing XI after suffering a freak finger injury in the game against Bangladesh in Chennai.
SportsTiger Playing XI of New Zealand:
Devon Conway, Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c)/(wk), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Australia has a better chance to win this fixture and defeat New Zealand to register their fourth consecutive win in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
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