India and New Zealand are all set to square off in the much-anticipated 1st semi-final of the ICC Cricket ODI World Cup 2023. The high-stakes showdown will unfold at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday, November 15.

The Men in Blue enter the knockout stage brimming with confidence, courtesy of their impressive unbeaten performance in the league stage. Eager to secure a spot, they are determined to carry their momentum into the crucial knockout phase. However, the looming spectre of past disappointments against the Blackcaps in the 2019 World Cup and the 2021 World Test Championship Final adds an extra layer of pressure.

On the other hand, New Zealand have tasted a defeat against the formidable Indian team at the league stage of the ongoing World Cup and shoulders the weight of expectations as they strive to bounce back. Nevertheless, both teams are poised for a fierce battle in the upcoming encounter, each seeking redemption and success in this high-stakes showdown.

ODI Stats and Records at Wankhede Stadium:

  • Total matches: 33
  • Matches won batting first: 17
  • Matches won bowling first: 16
  • Average first innings scores: 248
  • Average second innings scores: 199
  • Highest total recorded: 428/4 (50 Overs) by South Africa vs India
  • Lowest total recorded: 55/10 (19.4 Overs) by Sri Lanka vs India
  • Highest score chased: 293/7 (46.5 Overs) by Australia vs Afghanistan
  • Lowest score defended: 192/9 (50 Overs) by West Indies vs India

Wankhede Stadium Pitch Report:

The Wankhede Stadium pitch presents an ideal setting for a diverse range of bowlers, offering favourable conditions for both pace and spin. Particularly advantageous for swing bowlers in the early phases of the game, the pitch progressively becomes conducive to spin as the match progresses. Additionally, batters can amass substantial runs by showcasing patience and executing well-timed shots on this turf. Given these dynamics, winning the toss might prompt a team to consider fielding first to capitalize on the prevailing conditions.

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Mumbai Weather Forecast:

Mumbai Weather forecast
Mumbai Weather forecast (Image Source: Twitter)

The weather in Mumbai will be bright and sunny with no chances of rain showers, and the match is expected to take place without any interruptions. The temperature at the venue is projected to reach approximately 33 degrees Celsius, with humidity levels around 35%. Additionally, the wind will soar around 10 kmph.

IND vs NZ, probable playing XI

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj

New Zealand: Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson (c), Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Tom Latham (wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

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