New Zealand vs Afghanistan – October 18 – ICC Cricket World Cup

Based on previous perfomance, New Zealand has more chances to win the match.

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Match Details 

Teams: New Zealand vs Afghanistan

Ground: The match was held at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai

Series: ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

Match number: 16th match

Hours of play: 08:30 AM GMT / 02:00 PM LOCAL

Match day: October 18, 2023

New Zealand vs Afghanistan Betting Odds

New Zealand ODIAfghanistan ODI

Probable Playing XIs

New Zealand

Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c) , Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

New Zealand Cricket team


Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Azmatullah Omarzai, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Naveen ul Haq, Rashid Khan


Probable Top Performers

Probable Best Batter of the Match

The probable best batter for the match between New Zealand and Afghanistan on October 18, 2023, is expected to be Devon Conway from New Zealand. He looked in fine touch as he led New Zealand to a victory against Australia. While many other batters struggled to get going, Conway’s unbeaten knock helped the Kiwis reach a score of 200 runs. The team would thus expect him to provide a strong start this time again.

Probable Best Bowler of the Match

The probable best bowler for the match between New Zealand and Afghanistan on October 18, 2023, is expected to be Trent Boult from New Zealand. He has been outstanding for New Zealand in the T20 World Cup thus far. The left-hander is currently the leading wicket-taker for the Black Caps. He is one of the most lethal powerplay bowlers in the world.

Teams Head to Head: Recent Matches 

ResultDateMatch Details
New Zealand won by 8 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)7-Nov- 2021ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021
New Zealand won by 7 wickets (with 107 balls remaining)08-Jun-201913th match (D/N), Taunton, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
New Zealand won by 6 wickets (with 83 balls remaining)08-Mar-201531st Match, Pool A, Napier, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Teams Recent Performance 

Last 5 Games of New Zealand

DateMatch NumberTeamsResult
October 09, 20236th MatchNew Zealand vs NetherlandsNew Zealand won by 99 runs
October 05, 20231st MatchNew Zealand vs EnglandNew Zealand won by 9 wickets (with 82 balls remaining)
September 26, 20233rd ODINew Zealand vs BangladeshNew Zealand won by 7 wickets (with 91 balls remaining)
September 23, 20232nd ODINew Zealand vs BangladeshNew Zealand won by 86 runs
September 21, 20231st ODINew Zealand vs BangladeshNo result

Last 5 Games of Afghanistan

DateMatch NumberTeamsResult
October 07, 20233rd MatchAfghanistan vs BangladeshBangladesh won by 6 wickets (with 92 balls remaining)
September 05, 20236th MatchGroup B, Afghanistan vs Sri LankaSri Lanka won by 2 runs
September 03, 20234th MatchGroup B, Afghanistan vs BangladeshBangladesh won by 89 runs
August 26, 20233rd ODIAfghanistan vs PakistanPakistan won by 59 runs
August 24, 20232nd ODIAfghanistan vs PakistanPakistan won by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining)

Prediction Based on Performance

Analyzing the recent performances of both teams, New Zealand undoubtedly has an upper hand over Afghanistan. They have been in sublime form, as evidenced by their last five matches, in which they emerged victorious four times. The aggressive batting style of New Zealand’s top order, led by the formidable duo of Martin Guptill and Devon Conway, is a significant threat to any opposition. On the bowling front, Trent Boult’s sterling performances have made him a force to reckon with.

On the contrary, Afghanistan’s recent form has been worryingly inconsistent. They’ve faced defeat in their last four games, which raises concerns about the team’s state of preparedness against a team as formidable as New Zealand. While Afghanistan boasts a few match-winners like Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, their efforts alone might not be enough to tip the scales in their favor.

In light of these factors, the scales seem to tilt towards New Zealand. However, the unpredictable nature of cricket means that Afghanistan cannot be completely ruled out. For the 16th match on October 18, our cricket prediction leans towards a New Zealand win, given their consistent performance and overall team strength.

Information About Injuries in Teams 

New Zealand

  • Tim Southee: Broke his right thumb in the fourth one-day international. The injury required five pins to repair. Southee is confident he can play through the pain in New Zealand’s second game, if not the first.
  • Kane Williamson: The captain is recovering from knee surgery.


  • Ebadot Hossain: Ruled out of the Asia Cup due to a knee injury incurred during the ODI series against Afghanistan.

New Zealand vs Afghanistan: Winning Prediction

Given the current form of both teams, the betting odds, and the historical head-to-head record, my prediction is that New Zealand will come out on top in their clash against Afghanistan on October 18, 2023. This is largely due to New Zealand’s superb form and consistency in their recent games, as well as the significant strengths they possess in both their batting and bowling departments. Afghanistan, while having some standout players, has been inconsistent and may struggle against a strong New Zealand side.

Report About MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

The M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, also known as the Chepauk Stadium, is a cricket stadium located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Here’s some interesting information about it:

  • Establishment: The stadium was established in 1916, making it the second oldest cricket stadium in India after Eden Gardens in Kolkata. It is the oldest cricket stadium in India that is still in continuous use.
  • Naming: The stadium was formerly known as the Madras Cricket Club Ground. It was renamed after M. A. Chidambaram Chettiar, a former president of BCCI and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.
  • Home Ground: The M. A. Chidambaram Stadium serves as the home ground for the Tamil Nadu cricket team and the Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings.
  • Location: The stadium is located at Chepauk, a few hundred meters from Marina beach along the Bay of Bengal. It can be accessed from Wallajah Road in the north, Babu Jagjivanram Road in the west, and Pycrofts Road in the south.
  • Capacity: The stadium has a capacity of 50,000.
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About ICC Cricket World Cup

The ICC Cricket World Cup stands as the premier international championship for One Day International (ODI) cricket. Organized by the sport’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), the tournament takes place every four years. It is celebrated as one of the most-watched sporting events globally and is regarded by the ICC as the flagship event of the international cricket calendar.

The current format involves a qualification phase spanning the preceding three years, determining the teams that earn the right to compete in the tournament phase. In this phase, 10 teams, including the host nation, compete for the coveted title, with matches taking place at venues within the host nation over the course of about a month.

Australia boasts the most World Cup victories, having clinched the title five times. India and West Indies have each triumphed twice, while Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and England have secured the championship once each. The reigning champions are England, who claimed the title in the 2019 World Cup edition.

Rudra Chanda