India’s Unbeaten Run Faces New Zealand’s Grit: ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Semifinal Preview, Prediction

The hosts will face the New Zealand Kiwis in a repeat of the semi-final match of the 2019 Men’s World Cup, which will be held at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.

India's Unbeaten Run Faces New Zealand's Grit: ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Semifinal Preview, Prediction

India vs New Zealand Match Details

November 15, 2023, WednesdayIND vs NZ2:00 PM IST / 8:30 AM GMTWankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Match Preview : The Stage is Set for a Thrilling Showdown

The Cricket World Cup 2023 is set to witness an electrifying semifinal clash between India and New Zealand on Wednesday, 15th November, at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Both teams boast impressive records and have demonstrated their prowess throughout the tournament, making this encounter a highly anticipated one.

While New Zealand has made it to three finals in seven years, India’s men have not advanced to any of the past five ICC white-ball World Cup finals. When they face off in the semi-finals of the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, something has to give.

India: The Unbeaten Force

India, led by the formidable Rohit Sharma, has been the epitome of consistency and dominance throughout the World Cup. With an impeccable nine-match winning streak, India has emerged as the tournament’s frontrunner. Their batting lineup, spearheaded by the prolific run-scorers Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, and Virat Kohli, has been a force to be reckoned with, consistently posting high totals. The bowling department, anchored by the experienced Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, has been equally impressive, dismantling oppositions with their pace and precision.

New Zealand: The Underdogs with a Fighting Spirit

New Zealand, under the astute leadership of Kane Williamson, has exhibited resilience and determination throughout the tournament. Despite facing initial setbacks, the Kiwis have battled their way into the semifinals, displaying a never-say-die attitude. Their batting lineup, featuring the in-form Rachin Ravindra and the experienced Martin Guptill, has shown the potential to explode and post formidable scores. The bowling attack, led by the veteran Trent Boult and the skillful Tim Southee, possesses the ability to unsettle even the most formidable batting lineups.


New Zealand have a slight advantage in their ten encounters with India in the World Cup, having triumphed five times, including in the 2019 semi-final. India, on the other hand, have triumphed four times, including their most recent encounter in Dhara-shala, which was a washout at the 2019 edition of the tournament.

Key Matchup: Virat Kohli vs Tim Southee

The battle between Virat Kohli, India’s batting mainstay, and Tim Southee, New Zealand’s pace spearhead, promises to be a fascinating contest. Kohli, with his immense experience and explosive batting style, will be looking to stamp his authority on the match. Southee, on the other hand, will be aiming to utilize his swing and accuracy to unsettle Kohli’s rhythm.

Pitch and Weather Conditions

The Wankhede Stadium pitch is expected to be a high-scoring one, providing a platform for both teams to showcase their batting prowess. The weather is forecast to be favorable, with no major disruptions anticipated.

Prediction: A Closely Contested Match

Both India and New Zealand have demonstrated their ability to perform under pressure, making the outcome of this semifinal match difficult to predict. India’s unbeaten run and home advantage give them an edge, but New Zealand’s fighting spirit and experience cannot be underestimated. Expect a closely contested match that will go down to the wire.

India vs New Zealand World Cup 2023 Match Squad


India squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishan Kishan, Prasidh Krishna, Suryakumar Yadav.

New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Will Young.

India team News and Probable Playing XI

Unless there are injury worries at the last minute, India will have the same team that made it to the semi-finals.

Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj

New Zealand Team News and Probable Playing XI

while New Zealand will have the same squad that defeated Sri Lanka in their final group game.

Predicted XI: Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson (captain), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.

India vs New Zealand Key Players

Key players :

India – Rohit Sharma
India – Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand – Rachin Ravindra
New Zealand – Tim Southee


The stage is set for an enthralling semifinal clash between India and New Zealand at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. With both teams boasting exceptional talent and unwavering determination, this match promises to be a captivating spectacle of cricketing brilliance.

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