India are all set to lock horns against the mighty New Zealand in the first semi-Final of the 2023 Cricket World Cup on November 15 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The Hosts have qualified for the knockout stage by winning all of their league matches while New Zealand' journey to semis was not comfortable to be fair.
The two teams had earlier met at Dharamshala in the league stage where the host got the better of the Kiwis by 4 wickets.
Date: 15th November, 2023 (Wednesday)
Venue: Wankhade Stadium, Mumbai
Time: 2:00 pm (IST)
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney + Hotstar
Matches played: 117
India won: 59
New Zealand won: 50
No Result: 7
India and New Zealand have faced each other a total of 10 times in this competition. The Kiwis won on five occasions. The first time was 1975 in Manchester. The sides' most recent meeting in this tournament came in the league stage of the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup, where the Men In Blues won the clash by 4 wickets.
India and New Zealand have played each other just once in this competition, back in the final of its first edition in 1998, when it was still an ICC KnockOut Tournament.
Batting first, India scored 264/6. In reply, the Kiwis were struggling at 132-5 but Chris Cairns and Chris Harris constructed a partnership of 122 runs for the sixth wicket, helping New Zealand win with 2 balls to spare.
India may have won the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup in 2007, but they were defeated by New Zealand in the group stage of that tournament. Overall, India has played three T20 World Cup matches against New Zealand and lost all three.
Since the introduction of the ICC World Test Championship in 2019, India has played New Zealand a total of five times in the two cycles so far. The Men in Blue have won just once, by 372 runs at the Wankhede Stadium in 2021.
The most significant of these five matches, however, was the Championship Final in 2021 which New Zealand won comfortably.
The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is known for its high-scoring encounters. The pitch is a batting wicket with small boundaries. However, the pitch is also known to assist spinners a bit.
The average first-inning score at this pitch is 261. A total of 14 matches have been won on this pitch when elected to bat first and while 13 matches have been won batting second. The highest score at the Wankhede Stadium is 438/4, scored by South Africa against hosts India in 2015.
According to AccuWeather, Mumbai will have sunny weather with a minimum temperature of 26 degrees Celsius and a maximum temperature of 34 degrees Celsius. The day has no threat of rain with 44 per cent humidity in the air at a wind speed of 14 km per hour.
India (IND): Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav/Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami/Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.
New Zealand (NZ): Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham(c)(wk), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult