- January 18, 2023
India vs New Zealand 1st ODI Fantasy Previews 2023
India and New Zealand will be facing off in the first One Day International (ODI) of the 2023 season.
Fans from both sides are eagerly awaiting this match-up that promises to be an exciting clash between two powerhouse teams.
For those who plan to take part in fantasy cricket for this match, here is a preview of what to expect from each team and key players to watch out for.
We will also provide our predictions for the match so that you can make informed choices when putting together your fantasy team. So without further ado, let’s get into it!
Date, Time (India), Venue, Stadium
The first ODI between India vs New Zealand will be played on 18 January 2023, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. The match will start at 2:00 pm IST.
Current Status of the series
Both teams have some good players who can single-handedly change a game. India captain Virat Kohli is in the form of his life and will be looking to continue his good run with the bat in this series against New Zealand.
On the other hand, for New Zealand, their leading batsman Devon Conway will look to bring out all the firepower that he has at his disposal if they are to challenge India.
It promises to be an exciting ODI series, especially after such a dominating win by India against Sri Lanka.
Both sides also have plenty of match-winners who could turn it on any given day making every game worth watching. With two talented sides headlining this ODI series, cricket fans are surely in for a great ride!
Against Sri Lanka, Shubman Gill scored 207 runs in three matches, including a century and a fifty. He will look to continue his good form against New Zealand.
With three centuries in his last four ODI innings, Kohli looks unstoppable. Kohli has peaked in a world cup year, and India couldn’t ask for better.
Conway will be a key hitter for New Zealand if they have to win a series in India without Williamson. He is a very good batter against pacers, as well as spinners.
In India’s win over Sri Lanka, Mohammed Siraj played an important role. He picked up nine wickets with the new ball in three games against Sri Lanka.
In these conditions, Mitchell Santner is a good pick given that the conditions are conducive to spinners. Santner is a quality bowler who bowls wicket to wicket, which is the way to go.
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Pitch Report along with the Weather Forecast ahead of the series
Report on the pitch
A run feast is expected in Hyderabad on Wednesday due to the wicket and the ground being a good one to bat on.
The weather will be clear and sunny. The temperature will range between 30 and 15 degrees. The team that wins the toss will most likely opt to bat first. Spinners and pacers should be quite successful on this ground.
Outfielders are also expected to have fun on the big outfield in Hyderabad. Going by all these reports, it is clear that an exciting match awaits us in Hyderabad as both teams look for a win.
India Expected Playing XI Teams
India’s batting lineup is expected to remain unchanged and will feature the likes of Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer and Ishan Kishan in the top order. The all-rounder’s slot is likely to be taken care off by Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav could come back into the side for this game.
Kuldeep Yadav could get a look in too as his wrist spinners can be effective against Sri Lanka’s batsmen who are still relatively new to T20 cricket so far as international reactions go.
Washington Sundar has been India’s first choice spinner in these conditions thus far but young Ravi Bishnoi may also come into contention depending on whether captain Virat Kohli opts for two spinners or not with three seamers playing behind them.
Mohammed Shami and Navdeep Saini should fill up those slots while youngster Shardul Thakur has also put in some impressive performances recently which may see him being rewarded with a recall too at least towards the end stages of IPL 2021 itself if nothing else!
New Zealand expected playing X1 Teams
The spin trio of Sodhi, Santner, and Phillips will be looking to keep things tight with the ball while Ferguson, Tickner, and Bracewell add pace from both ends.
Nicholls has been in excellent form recently and will provide stability at number three along with Shipley who has shown good consistency since his debut last year.
Latham takes over as skipper for this series and will no doubt be looking to lead from the front with bat in hand whilst also marshalling his troops effectively behind him. A battle between two top-class sides awaits us!
Probable Players for both the teams
India Probable XI
Gill has been a reliable batsman for the Indian side in recent times. He is often seen as an anchor for India’s batting lineup, having scored three centuries and six 50+ scores in his short international career so far.
Kohli is known for his incredible batting talent, and with a strike rate of over 90% in the last 10 games, he can easily be considered one of the most consistent players in fantasy cricket.
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Siraj has had a remarkable season this year and has been one of the most important players for team India.
Kuldeep also has an impressive strike rate for someone who doesn’t rely on pace alone. He spins the ball both ways which makes it difficult for batsmen to pick him off easily and puts them under pressure from time to time.
Ish Sodhi has picked up 6 wickets at an economy rate of 8 runs per over which shows that he is quite economical too while containing batsmen well and also taking regular wickets!
New Zealand Probable XI
This is a formidable lineup and one that boasts several superstar players, including New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson. Williamson has shown great form with both bat and ball, having scored three centuries in his last eight innings while leading the way by taking four wickets across the same period.
With fellow all-rounders Mitchell Santner and Daryl Mitchell to support him, not to mention Ish Sodhi as an extra spin option if needed, this New Zealand XI looks well set for success in their upcoming fixtures.
Tom Latham will be behind the stumps while batsmen Finn Allen, Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips have already shown glimpses of greatness earlier this summer when they formed part of Black Caps’ successful white ball side against England.
On paper at least there looks to be enough dynamism here for plenty of runs – but it remains to be seen whether or not these stars can replicate such successes on the international stage too.
Best Picks for India vs NZ match
India has an extraordinary cricket team for the upcoming World Cup tournament. Their captain, Virat Kohli, is one of the best captains in the sport and arguably one of the greatest batsmen ever.
His vice-captain Tom Latham will bring his knowledge and leadership skills to lead India through their matches. As a regular opener in all forms of international cricket, Devon Conway comes with a good set of batting skills to support Kohli at the top order.
Shreyas Iyer and Gill are some other important names as batters who can be counted on when needed.
Spinners Sundar and Santner bring great spin/slow bowling combination to attack opponents while Sodhi brings pace into it making them an intimidating bowling side in any situation they manage themselves into during match day play style wise or mentally
AIO Games Top Picks
Let’s look at the best players from each team to help you create a winning fantasy team.
For India, we like Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer as our top picks. They are both world-class batsmen and have been in great form recently.
Another player to consider is Hardik Pandya, who is a consistent performer and always scores run when given the opportunity.
In terms of bowling, Kuldeep Yadav is our pick of the bunch. He’s a world-class bowler who can take wickets with ease. Another option is Mohammed Siraj, who has been in good form lately and can also pick up wickets regularly.
For New Zealand, we like Michael Bracewell, and Devon Conway as our top picks. They are both experienced batsmen who have been in good form recently. Another player to consider is Martin Guptill, who is a destructive opener and can score runs quickly.
In terms of bowling, L. Ferguson is our pick of the bunch. He’s a world-class bowler who can take wickets with ease. Another option is M. Siraj, who has been in good form lately and can also pick up wickets regularly.
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