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India vs New Zealand, IND vs NZ, Today Match Prediction 18 January 2023

Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, India

349/8 in 50.0

6.98 Star

337/10 in 49.2


Toss Winner - India won the toss and chose to bat first

India beat New Zealand by 12 runs

A mighty India take on an in-form New Zealand in the first ODI in Hyderabad

  • India finished a 3-0 clean sweep in their last ODI series at home while NZ won their last series 2-1 in Pakistan
  • Tom Latham will lead the Williamson-less Kiwi side in the ODIs
  • Shardul Thakur and Srikar Bharat have received India call-up for the ODI series

Our prediction is for India to win this match!

Tournament: New Zealand tour of India, 2023 | Format: ODI | Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, India | Toss: To Bowl

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After a complete dominance of their neighbours, India are now up for the Kiwi challenge. The Blackcaps are coming here on the back of a 2-1 series win in Pakistan.

After scoring his first hundred since 2019 in the Asia Cup game against Afghanistan, Virat Kohli is now back to his golden form in ODIs too. The former India skipper has scored 3 hundreds in his last 4 innings and will be the danger man for the visiting New Zealand team.

As the absence of an in-form Williamson puts NZ in a difficult position, Devon Conway would be the key player to watch out for. The southpaw batsman was named man of the series against Pakistan.

New Zealand will also be missing Tim Southee and Trent Boult in this series. There are many less experienced faces in the bowling attack. 

Ferguson, Sodhi, and Santner will have to lead the bowling effort for the visitors. India with their superior-looking squad would be the favourites but with New Zealand, if history is any indicator, you’re always in for a surprise.

India Preview

India will have one eye on the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup this year as they get ready to play New Zealand in the home series. Shubman Gill has knocked on the door with some consistent performances and will be one to watch out for. He is a shoo-in for the World Cup squad.

The NZ series will be a great opportunity to test the likes of Gill, Siraj, Iyer, and Kuldeep Yadav. Ishan Kishan continues to be part of the ODI squad while Srikar Bharat comes in for KL Rahul.

Another change is in the bowling department as Shardul Thakur comes in for Arshdeep Singh. Bowling all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed has replaced Axar Patel from the SL ODI squad. India seem to be going for their best players for this series.

From here on, Dravid and Sharma will be looking to solidify their XI for the World Cup. Though Rohit Sharma hasn’t played big knocks like Kohli of late, he is still an impact player at the top. And with Gill scoring consistently, Sharma can play his natural game and attack the opposition in the powerplay.

Mohammad Siraj has been the pick of the bowlers for India recently. Along with Mohammad Shami, he can make a huge dent in the opposition’s top order with the new ball.

India Predicted Playing XI:

Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj

India Actual Playing XI:

Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill, Kuldeep Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami

New Zealand Preview

Soon after they finished their series win in Pakistan, the Blackcaps will be up for another tough challenge in the subcontinent. The India series should be a big help for New Zealand’s World Cup preparations. It is quite surprising that the Kiwis are coming here with some new faces in their ODI squad.

There is no Boult and Southee and instead, Jacob Duffy, Blair Tickner, Henry Shipley, and Doug Bracewell have made it to the squad. Previously, Matt Henry suffered an injury due to which he was out for the Pakistan and India ODIs. 

Doug Bracewell has been in and out of the national side since he made his debut in 2011. He’s picked 26 wickets from 21 innings at an average of 32.5 in the last 11 years. 

The absence of their star bowlers would give Sodhi, Santner, and Ferguson some added responsibility. This is a good testing ground for Gary Stead to see how the less experienced Duffy and Tickner fare in India.

On the batting front, New Zealand have some promising names in their squad. Devon Conway and Finn Allen will be expected to give the team a good start. 

Whereas, Daryl Mitchell and Tom Latham are crucial in the middle order. Glenn Phillips is a great asset lower down the order and can play the finisher’s role. Mark Chapman can be expected to come in for Williamson. The batting all-rounder averages 52.4 from 7 ODIs so far.

New Zealand Predicted Playing XI:

Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c & wk), Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson

New Zealand Actual Playing XI:

Mitchell Santner, Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner, Henry Shipley, Glenn Phillips

W. speed
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2.03 k/h
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2.66 k/h
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2.44 k/h
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3.28 k/h
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4.83 k/h
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3.66 k/h
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3.48 k/h
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3.23 k/h
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Weather Conditions

It is considered to be a flat track and there have been some high scores here including Sachin’s 175 against Australia. The pitch gets slower as the game progresses and the dry nature of the surface can help the spinners in the second innings. The weather will be clear and sunny with a high of 31 degrees Celsius in Hyderabad on the match day.

Venue Details

The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad is where India defeated New Zealand by an innings in a Test match. The average 1st innings score at this venue from 3 matches is 278 runs.

Toss: To Bowl

Only 6 ODIs have been played at this venue in Hyderabad and teams batting first and second have won 3 each. India’s batters are in great touch and Sharma would like to give them another go at honing their skills. Chasing against this Indian side is not a great idea and Latham would be better off batting first.

Both teams are fielding their best players for the ODI series. New Zealand has a great number of all-rounders and that gives Latham the luxury of variety in the bowling attack. Rohit’s men have momentum after a brilliant win over Sri Lanka in their last outing. India’s bowling attack is stronger and they’ve got most of their key players in great touch. The home team will start with an advantage over the visitors and will be the favourites in our match prediction.

Our prediction is for India to win this match!


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Author: Vijay G.