The 2023 Men’s ODI World Cup is underway in India and will run from October 5 to November 19. Each morning we’ll be gathering the latest action and news from the event and bringing you insights from our journalists on the ground.
TOP STORY: Rahul, Kohli lead India to victory after early setbacks on difficult pitch
The hosts and strong contenders for the 2023 World Cup are ready. But as clinical as India’s six-wicket win over Australia looked on paper, there was more danger on the ground in Chennai.
Match Analysis: India’s spin trio torches defensive Australia in Chepauk Bhatti
India’s spinners overall bowled 16.5 over dot balls out of 30. He took six wickets for only 104 runs. He continued to hit Test-match lengths on the black-clay turner, which also provided some variable bounce. Australia’s batsmen could not keep the spinners away from that length. Their only specialist spinner struggled in the evening dew and conceded 53 runs in his eight overs while taking no wickets.
Australia got some relief when Warner and Smith put on a 69-run partnership for the second wicket after Mitchell Marsh was out for a duck. Hardik Pandya offered drive balls to both the batsmen, but the pressure on India’s spinners remained constant. Jadeja was a popgun firing darts at a good length around the off stump. Kuldeep also attacked the stumps with his stock balls and wrong’uns. Ashwin ripped his carrom ball and turned the carrom ball upside down, sending clouds of dust flying off the surface.
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Netherlands vs New Zealand, Hyderabad (2pm IST; 8.30pm GMT; 7.30pm AEDT)
If we look at the statistics, New Zealand will definitely have the upper hand in the match. They have met the Netherlands four times in ODIs, winning on all four occasions – three of those games by a margin of more than 100 runs. The most recent ODI series between the two teams in 2022 went to New Zealand by a 3-0 margin.
new zealand (Probable XI): 1 Devon Conway, 2 Will Young, 3 Rachin Ravindra, 4 Daryl Mitchell, 5 Tom Latham (c, wk), 6 Glenn Phillips, 7 Mark Chapman, 8 Tim Southee/Lockie Ferguson, 9 Mitchell Santner , 10 Matt Henry, 11 Trent Boult
Netherlands (Probable XI): 1 Vikramjit Singh, 2 Max O’Dowd, 3 Colin Ackerman, 4 Scott Edwards (c, wk), 5 Bas De Leede, 6 Teja Nidamanuru, 7 Saqib Zulfikar, 8 Roelof van der Merwe, 9 Aryan Dutt. , 10 Paul Van Meekeren, 11 Ryan Klein
Feature: Ian Chappell explains how the World Cup will be won
India will start as favorites with the most versatile team in the competition, but they also play in home conditions. The other aspect can be either a blessing or a burden as there will be huge expectations from an ardent fan base. How India deal with that burden will determine the length of their stay in the tournament.
Apart from the home team and defending champions, the other teams likely to be in contention for the semi-finals are Australia, mighty New Zealand and unpredictable but dangerous Pakistan and Sri Lanka.