The ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 starts with a big match between the current champions ENG and NZ at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday. These two teams played a very close final in 2019, which was tied and England won by the rule of more boundaries. Both teams will want to win their first match and get some confidence in the tournament.
England have been very strong in ODI cricket in the last few years, with a powerful batting team and a balanced bowling team. They have won 10 out of their last 12 ODI series, including a 3-2 win over India this year. But, they will not have their star player Ben Stokes, who is injured in his finger. Harry Brook will probably play in his place, while Jos Buttler will be the captain instead of Eoin Morgan, who left ODI cricket after the 2019 World Cup.
New Zealand are also very good in ODI cricket, having reached the final of the last two World Cups. They have a solid opening pair, with Martin Guptill and Devon Conway, and a strong fast bowling team, with Trent Boult and Tim Southee. But, they will not have their captain and best batsman Kane Williamson, who is hurt in his elbow. Tom Latham will be the captain, while Will Young will likely bat at No. 3.
The pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium is expected to be good for batting, with some help for the spinners later in the game. The average score in the first innings at this ground in ODIs is 260, while the highest score is 387. The weather is clear for Thursday, with no chance of rain.
The Narendra Modi Stadium is a beautiful and old cricket ground that will see an exciting fight between the bat and the ball. The pitch at this ground is usually flat and even for the batsmen. But, the bowlers may get some help in the first few overs of the match, as the pitch may move a little with the seam. Also, the ICC World Cup 2023 matches that are played at this ground are played in the night, which means there will be dew on the ground, which may make it easier to bat in the second innings.
Jos Buttler is one of the most dangerous batsmen in ODI cricket and has made 384 runs in his last five innings with an average of 76.80 and a strike rate of 132.41. He also made a hundred against India at this ground this year and will want to lead his team well as captain.
Trent Boult is one of the best fast bowlers in ODI cricket and has taken 27 wickets in his last 10 matches with an average of 21.81 and an economy rate of 4.86. He also took five wickets against India at this ground this year and will trouble England’s batsmen with his swing and accuracy.
Adil Rashid is England’s most successful bowler in ODI cricket since the 2019 World Cup and has taken 34 wickets in his last 15 matches with an average of 25.97 and an economy rate of 5.28. He also took four wickets against India at this ground this year and will be useful on a spinning pitch.
ENG vs NZ Dream11 Team Today
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|Wicketkeeper||Tom Latham||New Zealand|
|Wicketkeeper||Devon Conway||New Zealand|
|All-rounder||Mitchell Santner||New Zealand|
|Bowler||Trent Boult||New Zealand|
|Bowler||Tim Southee||New Zealand|
|Bowler||Matt Henry||New Zealand|
ENG vs NZ Playing XI
England: Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes/Hary Brook, Jos Buttler (c and wk), Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes/Reece Topley
New Zealand: Will Young, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham (c and wk), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
ENG vs NZ Injury Update
England: Ben Stokes (finger)
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (elbow),
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