England and New Zealand will square off in the opening match of the 2023 ODI World Cup at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday, October 5. The two teams are familiar foes, having faced each other in the final of the 2019 ODI World Cup, which was a thrilling affair that went to the Super Over.
England are the defending champions and will be looking to start their title defense with a win. They have a potent batting lineup that includes Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow, and their bowling attack is also strong, featuring players like Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, and Adil Rashid.
New Zealand are a very well-rounded team and are always a threat in ODI cricket. They have a potent batting lineup that includes Kane Williamson and Devon Conway, and Trent Boult, Tim Southee, and Matt Henry are the leaders of their excellent bowling attack.
Both teams are evenly matched, but England has the edge in terms of experience and home advantage. I am predicting that England will win the opening match of the 2023 ODI World Cup by a narrow margin.
- England: Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, and Mark Wood
- New Zealand: Kane Williamson, Devon Conway, and Trent Boult
Pitch and conditions
The pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium is expected to be a good batting surface. The outfield is also quick, which will make it difficult for the bowlers to contain the batters. Teams chasing have had more success at this venue in ODIs.
It is a close match to call, but I am predicting that England will win the opening match of the 2023 ODI World Cup by a narrow margin. They have the edge in terms of experience and home advantage, and their batting lineup is more explosive.