On Wednesday, India and New Zealand face off in the first semi-final of the 2023 Cricket World Cup in Mumbai. This is the second time these two teams have met in the semi-finals of the Cricket World Cup, with New Zealand winning by 18 runs in 2019 at Old Trafford. In this year’s competition, India has played nine games and won nine, while New Zealand finished fourth in their group. The game begins at 14:00 local time at Wankhede Stadium.
Despite the fact that India has defeated all of its opponents thus far in the competition, New Zealand is the team that has fallen by the smallest margin. However, India has subsequently won games by 100 runs, 302 runs, 243 runs, and 160 runs, so we expect them to win again and qualify for the final on Sunday.
New Zealand made a strong start to the 2023 Cricket World Cup before faltering in the second half of the group stage. They returned to winning ways against Sri Lanka in their final group stage match, but the semi-final against the hosts will be considerably more difficult.
Although Australia defeated Afghanistan in the final game in Mumbai, the preceding three matches at this location during this tournament were won by teams batting first by substantial margins. If either team wins the toss ahead of this game, we predict that they will bat first.
This semi-final in Mumbai is expected to have clear skies from start to finish. The temperature will be in the mid-low 30s at the start of the game and will not go below 29 degrees by the end.
The spinners will not have a lot of turn at the Wankhede Stadium. Pace bowlers will benefit from the pitch, and the par score will not exceed 310.
Rohit Sharma named an unchanged XI for India’s last group stage game against the Netherlands, and with no fresh injuries incurred in Sunday’s play, we expect the same team to be named for this semi-final against fresh Zealand.
India Squad Predicted:
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryaumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj
New Zealand Preview:
New Zealand made one change before of their last group stage game, with speed bowler Lockie Ferguson returning as a replacement for spinner Ish Sodhi. For this match, no fresh players are scheduled to return from injury.
New Zealand Squad Predicted
Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson (c), Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Tom Latham (wk), Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
India vs New Zealnad Prediction:
The 2023 Cricket World Cup has reached the elimination stage after 45 group stage matches, with only three games remaining. New Zealand has reached and won the last two Cricket World Cup semi-finals, but they will face the tournament’s greatest team in this match. India has been very impressive with both bat and ball throughout this competition, and we expect them to beat New Zealand on Wednesday at the Wankhede Stadium.