IND vs NZ: The stage is all set for India to take on New Zealand in the 21st match of ICC World Cup 2023 on 22 October at the Picturesque HPCA Stadium in the lap of the Dhauladhar mountain range, Dharamshala. With slight chances of rain at Dharamshala, the Men in Blue will be keen to quench their thirst for an ICC win against the Blackcaps. In this post, we present you the IND vs NZ Rain Prediction, Weather Forecast of Dharamshala, and Pitch Report.
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India and New Zealand have been the only undefeated and undisputed teams in this World Cup to date but the dominance of one will end today. One of the teams will remain at the top with 0 losses and the other will have 1 loss in their kitty. It is the toughest contest and one of the most important contests for team India in this tournament for the position of the team as well as the morale of the individuals.
There are a few injury concerns for both teams. For India, Hardik Pandya went through an ankle injury in the last game, Ishan Kishan is unavailable, and Surya Kumar got a forearm injury. Now Rohit and Dravid have a puzzling situation where they have to fill Pandya’s spot when there is no like-for-like replacement for him. There aren’t much of options available for them.
Ashwin is the only choice left for the selectors as Surya and Ishan won’t be able to play. Given that the New Zealand XI is predicted to have five left-handers, Rohit may have thought about using his best off-spinner in this match. But if Ashwin were to replace Thakur, India would only have a 2-3 seam-spin assault, which might not be the best choice in Dharamsala.
Kane may not be ready for this match as well, so they are unlikely to welcome Kane Williamson back just yet. The Blackcaps’ bowling lineup and batting order are both fairly consistent. Though Tim Southee is ultimately fit, will New Zealand offer him a spot? But if they do, he will bring an impressive record in one-day internationals against Rohit (dismissed 5 times) and Kohli (dismissed 6 times).
Overall, it is going to be a neck-to-neck match. New Zealand have never lost against India since 2003 in any ICC event and this time again it is the stage of the World Cup if they can do the same. Down below is the IND vs NZ Rain Prediction, Weather Forecast of Dharamshala, and Pitch Report.
IND vs NZ Weather Forecast
A cool and overcast day in Dharamshala City. As winter has hit the Northern Himalayas, Dharamshala has very dynamic kind of weather in this part of the year. Today, on 22 October 2023, the temperature of Dharamshala City is expected to peak at 19°C in the afternoon and drop as low as 14°C further as the sun goes down.
Humidity is predicted to hover between 60-70% in the match hours and winds will gust towards the Northeast at a speed of ~8Kmh during the day. Tom Latham revealed that Dew had begun to form as early as 5:00 PM in the days leading up to the game, so batting second might just continue to be an advantage.
IND vs NZ Rain Prediciton
There are moderate chances of rain in Dharamshala City of Himachal Pradesh. The rain possibility is 20% during the match hours, however, there will be more than 60% of the sky covered under clouds. An overcast day for India vs New Zealand is what weather.com predicts. Though, as it is aforementioned, the weather here in Dharamshala is very dynamic. It can rain anytime when it is Dharamshala but we must hope for a full 100-over game.
IND vs NZ: Pitch Report of HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala
In the first three games, the HPCA Stadium’s surface did its job well. Only one of the three matches has been a day/night game, with the other two all taking place during the day. In the first day-night game, the swing and aid the bowlers received in the evening were noticeably different from the daytime games.
Dharamsala has been a site where the fast bowlers have found a degree of joy, though the batch of white balls used in the World Cup hasn’t swung much anywhere else. It is also anticipated today. The bowling will be pretty exciting thanks to the top swing bowlers like Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah.
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