Cricket match date: 23rd January 2019
Cricket match time: 7:30 am IST
Cricket match location: McLean Park, Napier
Cricket Match format: ODI
Tournament: India tour of New Zealand 2018/19
Team A: New Zealand
Team B: India
Team A Captain: Kane Williamson
Team B Captain: Virat Kohli
Cricket Match Preview:
After their most successful tour of Australia ever, India now move their focus to New Zealand, where they will be taking on host nation for 5 ODI cricket games. The first of those will be played at Napier and it promises to be a really exciting cricket game between two of the top teams in the world.
Both New Zealand and India have been very successful in the last few months. While New Zealand had a successful UAE tour, India have had some wonderful success against Australia in Australia. In their last series at home against Sri Lanka, New Zealand were unbelievably brilliant and did not allow their opponents to win a single game of cricket. India, on the other hand, won both test series as well as ODI cricket series against Australia in Australia.
New Zealand is not an easy place to tour as India discovered when they toured the country last time in 2013/14 cricket series. MS Dhoni was the captain of India on that tour and India failed to win either the test series or ODI cricket series. This time around, they are only going to play the ODI and T20 cricket series and would be hoping to have another good tour considering the World Cup in mind.
While New Zealand are on the 3rd rank at the moment on the ICC rankings of top ODI cricket teams in the world, India are number 2 on the ranking. In the last five cricket games played between the two sides, it has been a close call, with New Zealand winning two games of cricket and India winning three cricket matches.
This cricket series promises to be a high-scoring affair considering the pitches and ground sizes in New Zealand. The games against Sri Lanka consistently saw the scores of around 300 runs in the series and it should be the same in this series as well considering the two brilliant batting lineups.
Cricket Match Information:
New Zealand and India will take on each other in the first ODI cricket game in what promises to be an exciting five-match ODI series. The cricket World Cup 2019 is now in touching distance and with limited ODI cricket matches left before that tournament, both teams will be looking to make the most of the remaining cricket games.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
New Zealand will be confident coming into this cricket series against India. They will be led by Kane Williamson in this cricket series. Our prediction is of the inclusion of Mitch Santner in their playing eleven.
Here is our prediction of New Zealand’s playing XI:
- Martin Guptill
- Colin Munro
- Kane Williamson
- Ross Taylor
- Henry Nicholls
- Jimmy Neesham
- TL Seifert
- Tim Southee
- Ish Sodhi
- Trent Boult
- Mitch Santner
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
India played leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in the lineup in the decider game of cricket against Australia. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven as their last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of India’s playing XI:
- Rohit Sharma
- Shikhar Dhawan
- Virat Kohli
- Kedar Jadhav
- MS Dhoni
- Dinesh Karthik
- Ravindra Jadeja
- Vijay Shankar
- Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- Mohammad Shami
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Martin Guptil has played some high-scoring knocks in New Zealand. At the top of the order, his role is going to be crucial against the bowling of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and co. Our prediction is of a good performance from him in this cricket series.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The last two international cricket ODI have been abandoned at this venue due to rain. The last complete international cricket game was between UAE and West Indies back in 2016, where only 175 runs were scored by UAE and chased down by West Indies. Our prediction is of a high-scoring cricket game between the two sides. Conditions are expected to be dry.
New Zealand will begin this game of cricket as favourites. They are home side and despite the recent successes of India, they will begin as favourites. Our prediction is of New Zealand’s victory in this cricket game.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Kane Williamson (NZ) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Ish Sodhi (NZ) – 3 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Martin Guptill (NZ)
New Zealand – 2.20
India – 1.55
*odds may change anytime