Date: October 18 2023
Time: 02:00 PM IST
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
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Afghanistan and New Zealand will lock horns at the MA Chidambaram Stadium as both teams hope to get forward in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. Entering this fixture, both teams have registered convincing wins. The Blackcaps clinically took down Bangladesh with an eight-wicket win in Chennai. Whereas Afghanistan took down England with a 69-run margin and registered their first World Cup win in eight years.
New Zealand has a better chance to win the toss as they have won more tosses so far in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 in comparison to Afghanistan.
Despite losing Kane Williamson with a thumb injury, New Zealand is a favourite to win this fixture. The Blackcaps have dominated every opponent in the tournament so far with top performances across departments. On the other hand, Afghanistan is no team to be trifled with after their win against England. Chennai’s spin-friendly condition could work in Afghanistan’s favour and hence the Kiwis will be required to put in a 100% effort.
Predicted powerplay score and Average first innings total:
The MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai has always had slowish wickets and has supported teams with better spin-bowling attacks. The average 1st innings score is 245 in ODI games. At the same time, the predicted powerplay score is expected to be between 45-55.
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