India's journey in the ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 will continue as they face off against New Zealand on Sunday, October 22. In match number 21 of the World Cup 2023, the table-topping New Zealand team will take on the host nation, India, at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium in Dharamsala. India's most recent World Cup loss occurred at the hands of New Zealand, in a heart-wrenching defeat during the 2019 World Cup semifinal at Old Trafford in Manchester. This match also marked the final international appearance of former India captain MS Dhoni.
The Indian cricket team enters the match on a winning streak, having secured victory in their last four games. They currently hold the second spot on the points table with eight points and a net run rate of +1.659. However, New Zealand has also enjoyed a successful run in the tournament, winning their last four matches against England, Netherlands, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. They currently lead the points table with eight points and a net run rate of +1.923.
In terms of the weather, Dharamsala is expected to have cloudy conditions during the match, with the highest temperature reaching 18°C. There is a slight chance of rain, approximately 14%, in the evening. Additionally, humidity levels are expected to increase as the evening progresses. Overall, the weather conditions seem favorable for a full 100-over game, offering fans an uninterrupted match experience.
ODI World Cup 2023: India vs New Zealand Pitch Report
The pitch at the HPCA stadium is renowned as one of the finest wickets in India, offering something for all cricket enthusiasts. Seam bowlers particularly appreciate the venue due to the substantial bounce they can extract from the wicket. In the two matches played at this stadium during the tournament, batsmen have enjoyed their time in the middle during daytime matches.
However, chasing targets under the stadium's floodlights has proven to be a bit challenging, as evidenced by South Africa's recent experience when they were bowled out for 207 while pursuing a target of 246 in the last game. The pitch is expected to set the stage for an enthralling contest between two evenly matched teams, both featuring a multitude of in-form cricket superstars in their lineup.