IND vs NZ Match Preview

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli currently hold the top two positions as the leading run-scorers in the tournament. However, when facing a formidable opponent like New Zealand, there is no room for complacency. The lower-order batsmen have not been thoroughly tested, which could potentially be a weakness if the top five batsmen fail to perform. Encouragingly, the bowlers have played an equally significant role in the team's success thus far.

Jasprit Bumrah has been in exceptional form, having already taken 10 wickets. He will once again play a crucial role with the new ball. Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav have been outstanding during the middle overs, effectively restricting the flow of runs and putting pressure on the opposition.

Although Mohammed Siraj has yet to find his optimal rhythm, it is only a matter of time before he hits his stride.

Despite the absence of Kane Williamson and Tim Southee, the Black Caps have consistently demonstrated their competence in both batting and bowling. While Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra initially made a strong impact, their performance has slightly declined in recent matches. However, this has created an opportunity for players like Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, and Will Young to step up and exhibit their skills. Phillips, in particular, is proving to be a reliable all-rounder and will play a crucial role in the team's future endeavors.

Furthermore, Tom Latham has not only been a valuable asset in the middle order but has also proven to be an exceptional captain, effectively utilizing the team's resources. Mitchell Santner has emerged as a key performer in the bowling department, leading the tournament with 11 wickets.

Additionally, the pace attack comprising of Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, and Matt Henry is notably strong. 


Weather Report

The skies are expected to remain cloudy and we can expect some swing. There is no forecast for rain and the temperatures will remain below the 20-degree mark. 

Pitch Report

The pitch at Dharamsala isn’t the easiest to bat on. The surface is hard and has a good amount of grass. It allows the ball to skid on and the seamers will be able to generate a good amount of pace and bounce. The batsmen will need to see off the new ball before they can start playing the big shots.

The average first-inning score in the last 5 matches played at Dharamsala is 195 and anything over 250 will be very difficult to chase.

Notable stats

King Kohli to Rule?

Virat Kohli has an excellent record against New Zealand. He has scored 1433 runs against them at an average of 55.12 and has scored 5 centuries in 29 innings against them.

Team News

Hardik Pandya is likely to miss this match and may be replaced by Mohammed Shami. 


IND vs NZ Probable 11

IND Playing 11

  • Rohit Sharma (C)
  • Shubman Gill
  • Shreyas Iyer
  • Virat Kohli
  • KL Rahul (Wk)
  • Ravindra Jadeja
  • Shardul Thakur
  • Mohammed Shami
  • Mohammed Siraj
  • Jasprit Bumrah
  • Kuldeep Yadav

NZ Playing 11

  • Devon Conway
  • Will Young
  • Rachin Ravindra
  • Daryl Mitchell
  • Glenn Phillips
  • Tom Latham (C)
  • Mitchell Santner
  • Trent Boult
  • Mark Chapman
  • Matt Henry
  • Lockie Ferguson
This is not the official playing 11 for the match. This is a prediction of the expected playing 11 for each team based on the writers analysis.

Dream11 Prediction

With both, India and New Zealand in red-hot form, we are likely to see an exciting contest with no clear favorite. However, we will give India an edge in this contest thanks to a stronger batting line-up. Also, the support of a raucous crowd is a big bonus for the home team. 


Top Picks

Ravindra Jadeja: Jadeja has been outstanding with the ball, picking up 7 wickets, and is also very miserly with his economy rate. While he hasn’t got much chance to bat in this tournament, he can play the role of a finisher should the need arise.

Rohit Sharma: Sharma is in sublime form with the bat and is the leading run-scorer of the tournament with 265 runs.

Matt Henry: Henry has been the best seamer in the New Zealand team. He has picked up 9 wickets at a strike rate of 22.30. 


IND vs NZ Dream11 Team 1

Keeper: D Conway

Batters: R Sharma, V Kohli (C), D Mitchell, S Gill, G Phillips

All-rounders: R Jadeja (VC), M Santner

Bowlers: J Bumrah, K Yadav, M Henry

IND vs NZ Dream11 Prediction - OCB Team Prediction