The stage is set for an electrifying showdown as defending champions England prepare to take on the previous ODI World Cup runners-up, New Zealand, in the highly anticipated opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. The exciting clash is scheduled on Thursday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

The last time these two cricketing giants crossed paths on the World Cup stage was in the unforgettable final of the ODI World Cup 2019. In that thrilling encounter, England emerged victorious after boundary count rule, securing their first-ever World Cup title.

Now, as they prepare to face each other once more in the opening match of the Cricket World Cup 2023, anticipation is running high for what promises to be a fiercely competitive and adrenaline-pumping battle. Cricket enthusiasts worldwide are eagerly awaiting this high-stakes showdown.

ODI World Cup 2023, ENG vs NZ

  • Date and time: October 5, 2023; 08:30 am GMT/ 02:00 pm IST
  • Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.

Narendra Modi Stadium Pitch Report:

Batters can anticipate good support from the pitch at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium, although the initial overs might pose challenges. However, as players adapt to the conditions, the pitch becomes favourable for batting, especially with day-night fixtures in the ICC World Cup 2023, where dew may further enhance batting conditions during the run chase.

Also READ: 5 New Zealand players who featured in the 2019 ODI World Cup but won’t play in the 2023 CWC

ENG vs NZ Dream11 Prediction Picks:

  • Wicketkeepers: Jos Buttler, Devon Conway, Tom Latham
  • Batters:  Ben Stokes, Joe Root
  • All-rounders: Moeen Ali, Mitchell Santner, Liam Livingstone, Rachin Ravindra
  • Bowlers: Trent Boult, Chris Woakes

ENG vs NZ Dream11 Prediction Captain and Vice-Captain:

Choice 1: Devon Conway (c), Ben Stokes (vc)
Choice 2: Jos Buttler (c), Devon Conway (vc)

ENG vs NZ Dream11 Prediction Backups:

Jonny Bairstow, Daryl Mitchell, Sam Curran, Ish Sodhi

ENG vs NZ Dream11 Team for today’s match (October 5, 09:30 am GMT):

ENG vs NZ Dream11 team (Image source: Dream11 screenshot)


England: Jos Buttler (c & wk), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Will Young

Also READ: 6 England players from 2019 World Cup winning team who won’t feature in the 2023 edition

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