2023 is an ODI World Cup year and as such teams are placing much more importance on this format than in previous seasons. India won a 3-0 win over Sri Lanka a few days ago and will now focus on battling New Zealand, who also enter the series with a 2-1 win over Pakistan.
Currently, New Zealand are the top ODI team in the world, but India, currently fourth, could take the top spot if they win all three games in this series. With the 2023 ODI World Cup in India, New Zealand will place great importance on this series to learn as much as possible about their players.
India have now won their previous 19 ODI series at home, with the last such defeat coming in 2012-13 against Pakistan. This is a decade of dominance and it shows how difficult it is to surpass India under its own circumstances. India have also won 26 of their 35 home ODI’s against New Zealand, losing only 8.
It is safe to say that India are the clear favorites in this match and hence the odds are a bit low. However, they will be put to a tougher test against the New Zealand line-up.
New Zealand are without Kane Williamson and Tim Southee in this series as both players have taken a break from cricket. In their absence, Tom Latham will lead the team. New Zealand will miss their older players, especially as Williamson was their top scorer in Pakistan and Tim Southee was the top wicket taker.
However, there is a lot of talent and depth in the New Zealand squad and that shouldn't be taken lightly.
India vs New Zealand 1st ODI Toss Prediction
It is likely that the team who wins the toss will choose to bat first. At this location, three ODI games have been won by the team batting first and three by the chasing team. There have been six ODI games played. There does not seem to be much of a benefit to winning the toss.
India vs New Zealand 1st ODI Pitch Report
No rain is expected on the day of the race, there are no clouds in the sky! The sun will be out all day and the temperature should be fairly moderate. No heavy rain expected for this game. The pitch is probably suitable for batting the ball first. As the game progresses, it can slow down a bit and help the spinner.
IND vs NZ 1st ODI Match Details
When and Where the India vs New Zealand 1st ODI match takes place?
India vs New Zealand 1st ODI will be played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad at 1:30 PM IST, Wednesday, January 18.
How can I watch India vs New Zealand 1st ODI match Live in India?
IND vs NZ Probable XI
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan (wk),Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Umran Malik.
New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Tom Latham (c), Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Michael Bracewell, Blair Tickner, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson.
We believe it will be difficult for the New Zealand team to stop the Indians despite the fact that they are a dangerous team and should not be taken lightly. Most of the key players are in excellent form, Virat Kohli is performing at his peak, and the bowling attack has a lot of middle-overs potential to claim wickets. You should expect lower odds when betting on India because they are the world's best team when playing at home, and that is reasonable.
Place bet in India to win.