The much-anticipated face-off between Australia and New Zealand is scheduled for Saturday, 28th October at the HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala.
As the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 progresses, Australia and New Zealand, two of the top-performing teams, are set to clash. Both teams are eyeing a spot in the semi-finals, with their recent performances raising the stakes for this encounter.
Australia, despite a shaky start with two initial losses, has bounced back strongly, showcasing their formidable batting prowess. A victory in this match could potentially propel the five-time champions above their Trans-Tasman rivals in the standings.
On the other hand, New Zealand, despite a recent defeat against India, is eager to secure their place in the top four, even in the absence of their injured captain, Kane Williamson. The team has found reliable run contributors in Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, and Devon Conway.
The match also promises an exciting face-off between two leading spinners of the tournament, Adam Zampa of Australia and Mitch Santner of New Zealand, who have taken 13 and 12 wickets respectively.
Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Sean Abbott, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Mitchell Starc.
New Zealand Squad:
Kane Williamson (c), 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.
Players to Watch
Australia – Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell, the Australian powerhouse, has been a game-changer in the tournament. His record-breaking century against the Netherlands, off just 40 balls, has set a new standard. His explosive batting and effective off-spin will be crucial for Australia in the middle overs against New Zealand.
New Zealand – Matt Henry
Matt Henry, the consistent pacer, has been instrumental in New Zealand’s strong start to the tournament. With 10 wickets to his name, he is just one wicket behind the leading quicks. His partnership with Trent Boult will be crucial in targeting the Australian top order, which has recently found form.