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GameDay Squad Cricket Match Preview - India vs New Zealand

GameDay Squad Cricket Match Preview: India come up against New Zealand in the 21st match of the ICC Men’s World Cup in Dharamsala on the 22nd of October.

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India played Bangladesh in their fourth match of the CWC, and India won by 7 wickets. Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first. The India bowling attack were put under pressure early as the Bangladesh openers took the score through to 93 before Hasan was dismissed in the 15th over. Throughout the remainder of the innings the Indian bowlers were able to pick up wickets regularly and they ended up restricting Bangladesh to 256 at the end of the 50 overs. India were off to a great start again with the bat and moved through to 88 in the 13th over before Sharma was dismissed. Unlike the Indian bowlers, the Bangladesh bowling attack were unable to pick up regular wickets and India cruised through to the target of 257 in the 42nd. Kohli was the pick of the Indian batsmen with 103 not out.

The top performers in GDS for India were.

Virat Kohli – 134 points

Jasprit Bumrah – 93 points

Shubman Gill – 86 points

Ravindra Jadeja – 84 points

Mohammed Siraj – 71 points

New Zealand played Afghanistan in their fourth match of the CWC, and New Zealand won by 149 runs. Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field first. New Zealand lost Conway in the 7th over for 20 and then put on 79 runs for the second wicket. Afghanistan had a great period with the ball and picked up three wickets in eight balls to have New Zealand 110/4 in the 22nd over. Phillips and Latham fought back and put on 144 for the fifth wicket and New Zealand ended up making a respectable 288 off their 50 overs. Afghanistan was off to a steady start before losing both openers while the score was at 27. New Zealand didn’t allow Afghanistan to gain the upper hand after this and we saw a steady stream of batsmen heading back to the pavilion. New Zealand ended up bowling out Afghanistan in the 35th over for 139 runs.

The top performers in GDS for New Zealand were.

Mitchell Santner – 111 points

Lockie Ferguson – 110 points

Glenn Phillips – 97 points

Tom Latham – 91 points

Trent Boult – 85 points

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium and Pitch Information

HPCA Stadium has previously hosted seven ODIs. The team winning the toss has elected to field in all seven of these ODIs. Four of these have been won by the chasing team with an average of 232 runs being scored in the first innings across these matches. Over the three matches played here in the CWC, an average of 255 runs have been scored in the first innings. The pitch is likely going to assist the pace bowlers throughout the power play, and we might just see a few early wickets.

This will be the fourth match at this ground in the CWC. In match three of the CWC Bangladesh chased down Afghanistan’s total of 156. In match seven England set Bangladesh a whopping 364 runs and defended their total. In match fifteen the Netherlands set South Africa a target of 246 for victory and they were able to defend their total.

India vs New Zealand predicted XIs

India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Suryakumar Yadav/Ishan Kishan, Shardul Thakur/Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Siraj

New Zealand: Devon Conway, Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult

Who to play in your GDS starting XI


The three batters that I am likely going to start will be Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli and Devon Conway. Over the CWC these batters average the following points in GDS.

Shubman Gill – 57 points

Virat Kohli – 86 points

Devon Conway – 86 points

In my opinion there are four very good options to choose from in the batter position in this match and I’ve decided to leave Sharma out. The only reason is that I don’t like the matchup between him and Boult. Over Sharma’s career he has faced 137 balls from Boult, scored 89 runs and been dismissed on four occasions. After the swing we saw at the top of both innings in the South Africa vs Netherlands match, I think leaving Sharma out of the starting XI might be the best move with other very good batters to choose from. Daryl Mitchell misfired against Afghanistan but if you are concerned about early movement for the bowlers and want to avoid some of the top order batters from either team, Mitchell can be a great POD option.

If you don’t have the suggested three players in your squad, I have ranked the remaining batters for India and New Zealand in the following order. Daryl Mitchell, Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, Will Young and Mark Chapman.

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The four all-rounders that I am likely going to start will be Ravindra Jadeja, Rachin Ravindra, Glenn Phillips and Mitchell Santner. Over the CWC these all-rounders average the following points in GDS.

Ravindra Jadeja – 78 points

Rachin Ravindra – 105 points

Glenn Phillips – 49 points

Mitchell Santner – 144 points

In GDS there are only seven players combined from India and New Zealand that have the all-rounder position designation. Only four of these seven players are predicted to play so the selection process for GDS coaches is an easy one for this match.


The three bowlers that I am likely going to start will be Jasprit Bumrah, Matt Henry and Trent Boult. Over the CWC these bowlers average the following points in GDS.

Jasprit Bumrah – 98 points

Matt Henry – 98 points

Trent Boult – 66 points

Going by how the bowlers performed in the South Africa vs Netherlands game, I think the above bowlers are the best options for this match. In this match we saw 14 wickets fall to seam bowlers and only 4 to spin bowlers. Bumrah is the best of the Indian bowlers, and he is a lock for me. Henry and Boult should both be challenging for the Indian top order and they tend to get more out of favourable bowling conditions than Ferguson can. If Shami is selected, I think he could be a great POD option as I think the pitch really suits him.

If you don’t have the suggested three players in your squad, I have ranked the remaining bowlers for India and New Zealand in the following order. Mohammed Shami, Lockie Ferguson, Kuldeep Yadav, and Mohammed Siraj.

Wicket Keeper

The wicket keeper that I am likely going to start will be KL Rahul. Over the CWC these wicket keepers average the following points in GDS.

KL Rahul – 55 points

Tom Latham – 51 points

I believe both keepers will be required with the bat today but due to Rahul having three not outs in a row, I have him ranked slightly above Latham for this match.


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