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The ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 has reached a crucial stage, with fans eagerly anticipating the semifinal clash between India and New Zealand. However, there is a concern about the unpredictable weather and the potential impact it could have on the highly anticipated match.
Under the exceptional leadership of Rohit Sharma, Team India has been in scintillating form, securing the top spot in the points table with an impressive 16 points and a net run rate of (+)2.456. This dominant performance has earned them a place in the first semifinal.
The other teams that have secured spots in the semis are Australia, led by Pat Cummins, South Africa, captained by Temba Bavuma and New Zealand led by Kane Williamson and Tom Latham.
The looming threat of rain has sparked speculation about the potential impact on the India vs New Zealand clash. If rain disrupts the match, the team higher on the points table (in this case, India) will progress to the final. However, the ICC has planned for such contingencies, with a reserve day scheduled for the semis and finals.
If rain persists even on the reserve day, the rules dictate that the team at the top of the points table will secure the final berth. This means that regardless of the weather conditions, the journey to the ICC World Cup 2023 title will continue, ensuring that the tournament reaches its thrilling conclusion.
Talking about the India vs New Zealand game, India have secured the top position on the points table, winning all nine of their league stage matches, while New Zealand have secured the 4th position on the points table, winning five out of their nine matches. In their head-to-head records of ODI matches, India have won 58 out of 116 matches against New Zealand, while New Zealand have won 50 matches.
They will face off at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Nov 15, 2023, a venue known for its balanced pitches where both bowlers and batters can excel. The average first innings score in ODI matches at the Wankhede Stadium is 248 runs.