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Match Preview: India vs New Zealand, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 1st Semi-Final


ICC World Cup  •  15 Nov, 2023  •  25,896 Views  •  ⭐ 4.7

Written by Anand Swami


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Welcome to a thrilling chapter in cricket history as India and New Zealand prepare to lock horns in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023's first semifinal. It's a battle of the Titans – India, unbeaten and riding the wave of a meticulously crafted success story, faces New Zealand, the epitome of resilience and tactical genius.

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The stage is set for a showdown filled with strategic depth, where every move counts. With stars like India's Suryakumar Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah, and New Zealand's Rachin Ravindra and Glenn Phillips, the game is not just about runs and wickets; it's about cricketing glory written in every delivery.

Venue Insights

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The Wankhede Stadium offers a pitch that is uniquely accommodating to a wide spectrum of bowling styles, favouring both pace and spin bowlers at different stages of the game. Initially, the conditions are particularly favourable for swing bowlers, giving them an advantage in the early phases. As the game progresses, the pitch gradually becomes more conducive to spin, providing a balanced challenge for the teams.

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On the batting front, those who exhibit patience and adept shot-making can accumulate significant runs on this surface. This dynamic nature of the Wankhede pitch suggests that teams winning the toss might lean towards fielding first, aiming to make the most of the conditions that favour bowlers at the start of the game.

Form Guide: India

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