Australia and New Zealand will face each other at HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala on 28 October 2023 in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. It promises to be an exciting encounter between two arch-rivals. Australia would be high on confidence after winning 3 successive matches in the tournament and will look to continue their streak.
On the other hand, New Zealand lost their first match in this tournament as they lost to host India by 4 wickets. The Kiwis gave a tough fight to the Indian team but could not register a victory.
Both teams have top-quality players who can change the course of the game with their abilities and make sure they help their team register a victory.
Here we look at the top 5 Players To Watch Out For
- David Warner
The stylish dashing left-handed batter David Warner looked in sublime touch right from the word go against Dutch bowling. He took the attack to the opponent bowling not allowing them to settle and kept the scoreboard ticking.
Warner timed the ball brilliantly keeping the momentum going for Australia and scored well well-compliant century. He was eventually dismissed for 104 but laid a strong foundation to post a huge total.
Warner has a brilliant record against New Zealand in the ODI format with 639 runs from 15 matches (15 innings) including 2 centuries and 2 half-centuries including the best score of 156. He would be hoping to prove his worth against top-quality New Zealand bowling.
His role is to give a positive start in the first 10 overs along with Travis Head laying a strong foundation for Australia to register victory.
- Rachin Ravindra
Rachin Ravindra looked in superb touch during the previous match against India at Dharmshala. He put enough pressure on Indian bowlers keeping the scoreboard ticking not allowing them to settle.
It was a superb batting performance by Ravindra who showed his class with Daryl Mitchell keeping the strike rotating and boundaries at regular intervals. Coming at number 3, Ravindra looked in decent touch with some lovely shots against pacers.
Coming at number 3, Ravindra will play a key role in helping New Zealand lay a strong foundation to post or chase down targets. He has scored 290 runs from 5 matches with the best score of 123 not out.
It will be interesting to see if Ravindra could play against a top-quality Australian bowling line-up comprising Starc, Cummins, Hazlewood, and Zampa.
- Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc looked threatening in the previous match against the Netherlands. He swung the new ball putting pressure on the Dutch opening batters. Starc can put pressure-opening batters under doubt.
He has a great record against New Zealand in the One-day international format with 29 wickets from 13 matches at an economy of 4.28 runs per over and best figures of 6 for 28. It will be interesting to see if Mitchell Starc can provide the early breakthroughs for Australia and put the New Zealand team under immense pressure.
- Mitchell Santer
The left-arm spinner Mitchell Santer played a key role in the previous match against India. He turned the ball and put the Indian batters under pressure. After the drinks break, Santer picked the wicket of KL Rahul. It was a superb spell by Santer not allowing them to score runs freely.
He has a decent record against Australia in the ODI format with 17 wickets from 13 matches (13 innings) at an economy of 4.57 runs including best figures of 3 for 44. His bowling puts the batters under pressure which results in wickets.
Santer would be hoping to provide wickets and stop the Australian batters to score runs freely helping New Zealand register victory. He was the pick of bowlers for India with 1 for 37 in 10 overs making life tough for Indian batters.
- Adam Zampa
Adam Zampa was at his lethal best during the previous match against the Netherlands. He bowled with great control ending with figures of 4 for 8. After poor first 2 matches against India and South Africa, Zampa returned to form with thrice 4 wicket hauls against Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and the Netherlands.
Zampa has a decent record against New Zealand in the ODI format with 14 wickets from 8 matches at an economy of 5.20 runs per over including best figures of 5 for 35. He would play a key role in helping Australia pick wickets in middle overs to stop New Zealand from taking singles and hitting boundaries that would put pressure on the bowlers.