New Zealand Tour of India 2023: India vs New Zealand – 1st ODI Preview and Updates

After completely dominating their neighbours, India is now ready for the Kiwi challenge. The Blackcaps are coming off a 2-1 series victory in Pakistan.

Virat Kohli is back to his best in ODIs after scoring his first century since 2019 against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup. The former India captain has three hundreds in his last four innings and will pose a threat to the visiting New Zealand team.

Devon Conway will be the key player to watch out for as the absence of an in-form Williamson puts New Zealand in a difficult position. The southpaw batsman was named series MVP against Pakistan.

In this series, New Zealand will also be without Tim Southee and Trent Boult. The bowling attack features a number of inexperienced players.

Ferguson, Sodhi, and Santner will have to lead the visitors’ bowling effort. India, with their superior-looking squad, would be the favourites, but if history is any guide, New Zealand is always a surprise.

The 1st ODI between India vs New Zealand will take place on January 18th, 2023 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad.

Match Details to Note

Match: India vs New Zealand, 1st ODI, New Zealand Tour of India 2023

Date: January 18, 2023 (Wednesday)                                         

Time: 1:30 PM IST

Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

India vs New Zealand

India vs New Zealand

India (Match Odds – 1.42):


As they prepare to play New Zealand in a home series this year, India will have one eye on the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup. Shubman Gill has made a name for himself with consistent performances and will be one to watch. He is a foregone conclusion for the World Cup squad.

The New Zealand series will provide an excellent opportunity to put players like Gill, Siraj, Iyer, and Kuldeep Yadav to the test. Ishan Kishan remains in the ODI squad, while Srikar Bharat replaces KL Rahul.

Shardul Thakur replaces Arshdeep Singh as another change in the bowling department. Axar Patel has been replaced in the Sri Lanka ODI squad by bowling all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed. For this series, India appears to be going with their best players.

Dravid and Sharma will now look to lock down their starting lineup for the World Cup. Despite not playing big knocks like Kohli recently, Rohit Sharma is still an impact player at the top. With Gill consistently scoring, Sharma is free to play his natural game and attack the opposition on the powerplay.

Mohammad Siraj has recently been India’s first-choice bowler. With the new ball, he and Mohammad Shami can wreak havoc on the opposition’s top order.

Full Squad:

Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wk), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, KS Bharat (wk), Hardik Pandya (vc), Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik

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Possible Playing XI:

Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj

New Zealand (Match Odds – 2.85):


Soon after completing their series victory in Pakistan, the Blackcaps will face another difficult challenge in the subcontinent. The India series should be extremely beneficial to New Zealand’s World Cup preparations. The fact that the Kiwis have some new faces in their ODI squad is quite surprising.

Instead of Boult and Southee, Jacob Duffy, Blair Tickner, Henry Shipley, and Doug Bracewell have joined the squad. Matt Henry previously missed the ODIs against Pakistan and India due to an injury.

Since his debut in 2011, Doug Bracewell has been in and out of the national team. In the last 11 years, he has taken 26 wickets from 21 innings at an average of 32.5.

The absence of their star bowlers would place additional responsibility on Sodhi, Santner, and Ferguson. Gary Stead will be able to see how the less experienced Duffy and Tickner perform in India.

New Zealand has some promising batting prospects in their squad. Devon Conway and Finn Allen are expected to get the team off to a good start.

In the middle order, Daryl Mitchell and Tom Latham are crucial. Glenn Phillips is an excellent lower-order player who can also serve as a finisher. Mark Chapman is expected to replace Williamson. So far, the batting all-rounder has an ODI average of 52.4.

Full Squad:

Tom Latham (c), Finn Allen, Doug Bracewell [for Matt Henry], Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner

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Possible Playing XI:

Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c & wk), Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson

India vs New Zealand Head to Head

India vs New Zealand Head to Head Stats in ODIs

  Matches Played IND Won NZ Won Tie NR
Overall 113 55 50 1 7
Last 5 5 3 2 0 0

India vs New Zealand Toss Prediction

Only six One-Day Internationals (ODIs) have been played at this Hyderabad venue, with teams batting first and second winning three each. India’s batters are in great form, and Sharma would like to give them another chance to improve. Chasing against this Indian team is a bad idea, and Latham is better off batting first.

India vs New Zealand Pitch Report

In a Test match, India defeated New Zealand by an innings at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The average first innings score at this venue is 278 runs based on three matches.

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It is considered a flat track, and some high scores have been recorded here, including Sachin Tendulkar’s 175 against Australia. The pitch slows down as the game progresses, and the dry surface can help spinners in the second inning. On match day, the weather in Hyderabad will be clear and sunny, with a high of 31 degrees Celsius.

India vs New Zealand Prediction

For the ODI series, both teams are fielding their best players. New Zealand has a large number of all-rounders, which allows Latham to vary his bowling attack. Rohit’s men are riding high after a thrilling victory over Sri Lanka in their previous match. India’s bowling attack is stronger, and the majority of their key players are in excellent form. The home team will have an early advantage over the visitors and will be our match prediction’s favourite. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

India is the favourite to beat New Zealand at the odds of 1.42.

India vs New Zealand Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Virat Kohli, the modern-day legend, has been in sublime form, smashing three hundreds in the last four ODI innings. Kohli, who has two centuries against Sri Lanka, will lead the way for the Men in Blue.

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