Match No. 1
Date: October 5, 2023 Time: 14:00 IST
Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Weather report for opening Match Prediction: Ahmedabad is set to witness a very warm day as it is expected to be a hot and dry day due to the ongoing warm weather. The cricket pitch is likely to be dry too. In the evening, when the stadium lights come up, it seems that fast bowlers may get some extra help.
England Team Match Prediction
England, the last-time champion, is all set to defend the title again in ICC World Cup 2023. Their Squad have a wonderful player like Ben Strokes, Jos Butler & Moni Ali who are all set to take charge under Buttler’s captaincy, this lineup is packed with talent and experience,
England’s team has a tough choice to make in their fast-bowling department because they have many talented bowling options. But England may opt for the experienced duo of Mark Wood and Chris Woakes in their fast-bowling lineup as they’re in excellent form and can also contribute with the bat in the lower order. Ben Stokes, who’s nursing a hip issue, might be given some rest in the opening game to ensure his full recovery. This choice not only prioritizes Stokes’ health but also offers an opportunity for Harry Brook to shine. Cricket fans will be eager to see how it all unfolds.
Today’s Match Strategy:
England’s strategy may involve targeting New Zealand’s top bowler, Trent Boult, who has a strong track record against England, and, in particular, Ben Stokes, who has been dismissed three times previously. This tactic suggests that England is aware of Boult’s threat and will look to encounter it effectively during the match. It’s a key battle to watch out for in the game.
Probable XI England Team: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes/Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (captain, wicketkeeper), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
New Zealand Team Match Prediction
New Zealand is all set for the upcoming tournament to fight against England in the opening match with the spirit to win the title of ICC World Cup 2023.
New Zealand faces a big challenge because their star player Kane Williamson isn’t playing. In his absence, Tom Latham will lead the team as Captain and bat at number 3, while Rachin Ravindra, who scored 97 in a practice match, will open with Devon Conway. James Neesham will be going to handle the middle order in the batting. Rachin Ravindra is a good pick because he can also bowl spin, and can contribute to being the all-rounder.
New Zealand will try to target England with spin bowler Moeen Ali, who has been successful against New Zealand, especially against Tom Latham in the past. Also, the black caps will try to score big runs on the board if getting the chance to bat first, because it is the big ground, and chasing the target will not be easy at Ahmedabad.
Probable XI New Zealand Team:
Devon Conway, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (captain, wicketkeeper), Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham/Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson.
England and New Zealand have some cruel decisions to make for their teams, and the biggest clash going to happen soon
The match and start of this series promise to be full of excitement with strategies and the pitch conditions adding to the suspense.
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