World Cup 2023 - England vs New Zealand Dream11 Team Prediction Today Match, Top Picks, Playing 11, Captain, Vice Captain, Player Stats, Pitch Report & Weather Update
|Date||5th October, 2023|
|Time||2:00 PM IST, 08:30 AM GMT, 2:00 PM LOCAL|
|Venue||Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad|
England and New Zealand will kick off the ICC Cricket World Cup. The two teams played one of the best World Cup finals in 2019 and will be looking for a winning start to the campaign. England will enter the tournament as defending champions.
The Jos Buttler-led side is being seen as one of the hot title contenders for the mega event. New Zealand, on the other hand, despite not being seen as favourites, cannot be counted out. The Kiwis have a history of surprising teams in ICC events. They have made it to two consecutive World Cup finals.
England have warmed up well heading into the World Cup, having defeated Bangladesh in the warm-up game. New Zealand, on the other hand, also got decent results in the warm-up games, beating Pakistan and South Africa.
Let’s take a look at the dream11 team prediction for this match.
The World Cup opener will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The wicket will be a good one for cricket. The batters will enjoy the conditions, however, pacers might have some say with the new ball. Spinners will be crucial in the middle overs. The average score on this ground is 260.
It will be hot and humid in Ahmedabad, with temperature rising as high as 34 degrees. The conditions will be challenging but the good news is that rain is not expected during the match.
Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(c & wk), Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Reece Topley, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid
Will Young, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c & wk), Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
Kane Williamson will miss the opening clash for New Zealand due to injury. Williamson made a remarkable recovery and made it to the New Zealand's World Cup squad. He even batted in the warm-up games. However, it will take some time for him to get match fit.
England, on the other hand, will go in with a batting heavy team. Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Reece Topley and Sam Curran should be the four bowlers. Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali and possibly Ben Stokes will fill in the remaining 10 overs.
There is very little to choose between two teams when it comes to head to head records. England have dominated NZ in recent times though. The Jos Buttler-led side defeated New Zealand in the ODI series ahead of the World Cup.
|Matches||ENG Won||NZ Won||Tie||No Result|
|Wicket-Keepers||Jos Buttler, Devon Conway, Tom Latham|
|Batters||Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan (C)|
|All-Rounders||Moeen Ali, Mitchell Santner|
|Bowlers||Trent Boult, Mark Wood, Matt Henry, Adil Rashid (VC)|
There is no bigger match winner for England than Ben Stokes. Stokes returned to the England team for the World Cup. He played a series against New Zealand ahead of the mega event and ended as England's second leading run scorer, with 235 runs in 3 games.
In India, England will need players who are good against spinners and Malan is one of them. England need Malan to have a big tournament. While most English batters like to take the attack to the bowlers, Malan will hold one end and play the anchor role. If he manages to do that, England will end up posting huge scores in most games. Malan is our pick for captain
Devon Conway will be eyeing a good show in the World Cup. He is someone who is capable of playing big innings. He is good against pacers and equally solid against spinners. Conway played a good hand of 78 against South Africa in the warm-up game.
Trent Boult will be vital for New Zealand in the World Cup. England bat deep so New Zealand will have to get early breakthroughs to put New Zealand on top and Boult is New Zealand's best bet to get wickets with the new ball. The pacer is good at death as well and won't be easy to score off.
England have a few good pacers in the lineup but if they have win the World Cup, Adil Rashid needs to come good. Rashid often go unnoticed given the brute power in the batting lineup. However, he always contributes to the team's win by picking wickets in middle overs. In Indian conditions, Rashid has to come good if England are to defend the title as batting along won't help teams win always. Rashid is a good pick for vice-captain.