ICC World Cup England vs. New Zealand - Pitch & Weather Update

In the opening clash of the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup, defending champions England will take on the runners-up from the last edition, New Zealand. The tournament structure mirrors that of 2019, with 10 teams participating in a round-robin format before the top four progress to the semifinals. England enters the match as the favored team. Here’s a brief overview of the pitch and weather conditions for the game:

Pitch Preview: The monumental Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will host the match on October 5th at 2:00 pm IST. The pitch at this venue is notably balanced, offering assistance to both batsmen and bowlers. The type of pitch used for the opener (whether it’s black soil, red soil, or a mixture) remains uncertain. Due to the dew factor, the toss-winning captain is likely to opt for bowling first.

Weather Forecast: While rain affected several warm-up matches, the weather for the tournament opener appears to be cricket-friendly. According to Accuweather, the temperature is expected to hover around 35 degrees Celsius. A wind speed of 11 KPH will provide some relief from the scorching sun, with the humidity level at around 51%.

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Stadium Statistics: The venue, formerly known as the Motera Stadium, has hosted 28 ODIs. Teams batting first have won 16 times, with an average first innings score of 235. The highest ODI score at this venue was 365/2 by South Africa against India in 2010. India holds the record for the highest successful chase here, scoring 325 against West Indies in 2002. The lowest-defended target was 196 by West Indies against India in 1988.

Key Player Updates: New Zealand’s skipper Kane Williamson made a successful return from injury in a warm-up match against Pakistan. However, both Williamson and Tim Southee will be closely monitored, and no risks will be taken with their fitness. Will Young and Matt Henry are likely to step in for the veteran duo if needed. New Zealand boasts strong performers in all departments and promises to be a formidable opponent.

Probable XIs: England’s probable XI: Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Reece Topley, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.

New Zealand’s probable XI: Devon Conway, Will Young, Tom Latham (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson.





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