The curtain raiser of the ICC World Cup 2023 will see the reigning champions, England, locking horns with the runner-up from the last edition, New Zealand, on October 5 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Jos Buttler, who captained England to victory in the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia last year, will be leading the English team in the 2023 ODI World Cup. Meanwhile, New Zealand will be under the captaincy of Tom Latham in the absence of their regular skipper, Kane Williamson, who will miss the opening game of the 2023 World Cup.
New Zealand’s back-to-back victories against Pakistan and South Africa in the warm-up matches must have infused them with confidence, and they are poised to kick off their 2023 World Cup campaign with a victory as it will set the tone for the remainder of the quadrennial event.
On the other hand, England’s first warm-up match against India was washed out due to rain, but they bounced back by defeating Bangladesh by four wickets through the DLS method. They are keen on maintaining their winning streak and commencing their 2023 World Cup campaign with a win.
However, before we get into the excitement of the thrilling encounter between England and New Zealand, let’s take a look at the pitch report, pitch stats, ground records of Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad:
ENG vs NZ: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad Pitch Report
At the Narendra Modi Stadium, you’ll find both black soil and red soil pitches. While the red soil pitches tend to favour seam bowlers more than their black soil counterparts, the black soil pitches still offer favourable conditions for bowlers, providing good bounce. However, as the match progresses, the pitch tends to slow down, becoming increasingly advantageous for spinners.
Batters must take their time to settle in before attempting big shots. They can’t rush to the pitch and start aggressive hitting right from the start; it’s crucial to assess the pitch conditions. Additionally, as night falls, batting becomes easier in the second innings. Therefore, the captain winning the toss should consider opting to chase.
ENG vs NZ: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad Pitch Stats, and ODI Records
|Matches won batting first||16|
|Matches won bowling first||12|
|Average 1st Inns scores||235|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||203|
|Highest total recorded||365/2 (50 Ov) by RSA vs IND|
|Lowest total recorded:||85/10 (30.1 Ov) by ZIM vs WI|
|Highest score chased||325/5 (47.4 Ov) by IND vs WI|
|Lowest score defended||196/10 (48.3 Ov) by WI vs IND|
England: Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Will Young