NZ vs IND Weather Report Live Today And Pitch Report, 1st ODI, 2023

NZ vs IND Weather Report Live Today And Pitch Report, 1st ODI, 2023
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. (Credits: Twitter)

NZ vs IND Weather Report Live Today And Pitch Report, 1st ODI, 2023.  India finished a 3-0 clean sweep in their last ODI series at home against Sri Lanka while New Zealand won their last series 2-1 in Pakistan. Tom Latham will lead the Kane Williamson-less Kiwi side in the ODIs. Shardul Thakur and KS Bharat have received India’s call-up for the ODI series.

Rohit Sharma & Co reached Hyderabad on Monday for the three-match ODI series against New Zealand starting on January 18. Team India will have their official practice at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium from 2 PM. New Zealand currently is the No. 1 team in ICC ODI Rankings but India can replace them with a whitewash in the series starting from 18th January.

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After a complete dominance of their neighbours, India are now up for the Kiwi challenge. The Blackcaps are coming here on the back of a 2-1 series win in Pakistan.

After scoring his first hundred since 2019 in the Asia Cup 2022 game against Afghanistan, Virat Kohli is now back to his golden form in ODIs too. The former India skipper has scored 3 hundreds in his last 4 innings against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and will be the danger man for the visiting New Zealand team.

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Virat Kohli (PC-AP)
Virat Kohli (PC-AP)

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

Devon Conway, New Zealand
Devon Conway (Image Credit: Twitter)

New Zealand will also be missing Tim Southee and Trent Boult in this series. There are many less experienced faces in the bowling attack.  Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, and Mitchell Santner will have to lead the bowling effort for the visitors. India with their superior-looking squad would be the favourites but with New Zealand, if history is any indicator, you’re always in for a surprise.

India will have one eye on the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 this year as they get ready to play New Zealand in the home series. Shubman Gill has knocked on the door with some consistent performances and will be one to watch out for.

Shubman Gill (Image Credits: Twitter)
Shubman Gill (Image Credits: Twitter)

The NZ series will be a great opportunity to test the likes of Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav. Ishan Kishan continues to be part of the NZ vs IND ODI squad while KS Bharat comes in for KL Rahul. Shreyas Iyer has sustained a back injury and won’t be available for NZ vs IND ODIs. The All India Chairman Selection Panel has named Rajat Patidar as his replacement.

Another change is in the bowling department as Shardul Thakur comes in for Arshdeep Singh. Bengal bowling all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed has replaced Axar Patel from the Sri Lanka ODI squad in NZ vs IND ODIs. India seem to be going for their best players for this NZ vs IND series.

NZ vs IND:- India Predicted Playing XI:

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

There is no Trent Boult and Tim Southee and instead, Jacob Duffy, Blair Tickner, Henry Shipley, and Doug Bracewell have made it to the squad. Previously, Matt Henry suffered an injury due to which he was out for the Pakistan and India ODIs.  The absence of their star bowlers would give Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner, and Lockie Ferguson some added responsibility.

Tom Latham and Kane Williamson (Credits: Twitter/ICC)
Tom Latham and Kane Williamson (Credits: Twitter/ICC)

On the batting front, New Zealand have some promising names in their squad. Devon Conway and Finn Allen will be expected to give the team a good start.  Whereas, Daryl Mitchell and Tom Latham are crucial in the middle order. Glenn Phillips is a great asset lower down the order and can play the finisher’s role. Mark Chapman can be expected to come in for Kane Williamson.

NZ vs IND:- New Zealand Predicted 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

NZ vs IND Weather Report Live Today And Pitch Report, 1st ODI, 2023

Only 6 ODIs have been played at this venue in Hyderabad and teams batting first and second have won 3 each. India’s batters are in great touch and Rohit Sharma would like to give them another go at honing their skills. Chasing against this Indian side is not a great idea and Tom Latham would be better off batting first in NZ vs IND ODI.

It is considered to be a flat track and there have been some high scores here including Sachin Tendulkar’s 175 against Australia in a losing cause in 2009. The average score batting first is 278. Umesh Yadav had registered best bowing figures of 4/53.  The highest team innings is 350/4 by Australia while the lowest is 174 by England. Highest run chase achieved is 252/5 by South Africa. India fell 3 runs short (347) of Australia’s 350/4 in 2009.

The pitch gets slower as the game progresses and the dry nature of the surface can help the spinners in the second innings. The weather will be clear and sunny with a high of 31 degrees Celsius and low of 16 degrees Celcius in Hyderabad on the NZ vs IND match day. Humidity will be 46-70% and there are only 5% chances of rain.

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