Who Will Win – 18 Oct 23 Match Prediction | New Zealand vs. Afghanistan 16th Match (ICC World Cup India 2023)

Rabia Riaz

Who Will Win – 18 Oct 23 Match Prediction New Zealand vs. Afghanistan 16th Match (ICC World Cup India 2023)

The 16th match of the ICC World Cup 2023 will be played between New Zealand and Afghanistan. This match will be held on Wednesday, 18 October 2023 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, India. The match will start at 02:00 pm IST. In this tournament, New Zealand played 3 matches and won in all while Afghanistan played 2 matches and unluckily lost both.

New Zealand vs. Afghanistan


TeamsNew Zealand and Afghanistan
VenueMA Chidambaram Stadium, India
Date18 October 2023
Time02:00 pm IST


This pitch will favor the spinners and maintain a slower pace.  This is a slow pitch but as the game progresses, the pitch slightly improves. It will make the pitch a bit more favorable for stroke-making compared to the initial innings. In the recent match played between India and Australia, this location witnessed a low-scoring encounter. Beyond this, this pitch has the potential to give benefits to both batters and bowlers.


New Zealand and Afghanistan only played 2 matches in ICC ODI World Cup tournaments. Afghanistan lost both and New Zealand came out Victorious on both occasions.


Team New Zealand

  • Kane Williamson (c)
  • Mark Chapman
  • Will Young
  • Daryl Mitchell
  • Glenn Phillips
  • James Neesham
  • Devon Conway
  • Tom Latham
  • Trent Boult
  • Tim Southee
  • Mitchell Santner

Team Afghanistan

  • Hashmatullah Shahidi (c)
  • Ibrahim Zadran
  • Najibullah Zadran
  • Rahmat Shah
  • Riaz Hassan
  • Ikram Alikhil
  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz
  • Abdul Rahman
  • Fazalhaq Farooqi
  • Naveen-ul-Haq
  • Rashid Khan


Best Batter

KS Williamson of Team New Zealand is one of the best batters in the world. His playing period from 2010 to 2023 is incredible. He played 94 matches and 164 innings. His not-outs are 16. He scored 8124 runs and has 251 highest score. His batting average is 54.89. Williamson faced 15785 balls. His batting strike rate is 51.46. He has 28 centuries in his career with 897 fours, 21 sixes, and 33 half-centuries. In the latest ODI ranking, he is at 29 number. His best rating is 799 and his best ranking is 3.

Best Bowler

Trent Boult, a leading name of New Zealand plays as a bowler from the period 2012-2023. He played 107 matches and 106 innings. He bowled 5802 balls in 967.0 overs. There are 71 maidens of him. He took 200 wickets in this period. His best innings bowling is 7/34 with a 23.84 average. His bowling strike rate is 29.01.


Best Batter

Team Afghanistan’s current best batter is Rahmat Shah who is playing from 2013 to 2023. He played 99 matches and 95 innings. He was not out for 3 times. His highest score is 114 from his total runs which are 3303. His average is 35.90. He faced 4674 balls and had a 70.66 strike rate. There are 5 centuries and 23 half centuries of him. He did 287 four boundaries and 36 sixes boundaries.

Best Bowler

Rashid Khan has been representing Afghanistan since 2015. He has a right-arm leg break bowling style. In the ODI format, he played 96 matches with a 19.91 bowling average. His best bowling is 7/18. He bowled 4,883 balls and took 174 wickets.


SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) of both teams:

Team New Zealand Strengths

NZ’s batting line mostly revolves around Williamson because he is the most experienced in their batting line. He made a vital contribution with both his captaincy and batting. Along with him, their formidable bowling is their notable strength.

Team New Zealand’s Weaknesses

A weakness for the team in New Zealand is their susceptibility to spin on subcontinent pitches. Their player Tom Latham has a relatively good record against spinners in India but their players like Glenn Phillips and Daryl Mitchell have struggled against spinners. Their players lack experience playing in dusty pitches.

Opportunities for Team New Zealand 

This team’s World Cup record is impressive. They have the 2021 World Cup title. They also won 3 matches they played in this World Cup. The bowling pitches will be an opportunity for this team. Afghanistan lost the 2 matches of this tournament which will also be a great opportunity for team New Zealand.

Threats for Team New Zealand

Ahead of this World Cup, this team is battling a few injuries. Their Captain is still not 100% fit. The absence of their two players Tim Southee will be a big blow for this team.

Team Afghanistan Strengths

Their biggest strength is their formidable spin department. As the pitch is favorable for spinners, they have amazing spinners in their line-up. Their player Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Noor Ahmad will strengthen their spin department.

Team Afghanistan Weaknesses

Their weakness is their players fail to show nerves of steel during pressure. They have to overcome their tendency to get nervous. The 2 matches played in this tournament were lost by Afghanistan which makes this team lose their confidence.

Opportunities for Team Afghanistan

The Afghan players are well known for Indian pitch conditions which will provide an opportunity for them. Their key players Noor, Rashid, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Nabi, and Naveen was part of the IPL. The addition of pacer Naveen-ul-Haq to this team is also a big opportunity for this team.

Threats for Team Afghanistan

This team is not very experienced. They have only 14 years of experience in international cricket.  They have failed to do wonders during ODI World Cups and T20 World Cups. Their inexperience is affecting them. Their nervousness is their threat, so they have to be mentally strong.


From the previous results, New Zealand played well so they have more chances of winning. Whereas Indian bowling pitches can give favor to Afghanis. New Zealand has a stronger batting line than Afghanistan while Afghanistan has a stronger bowling line so the team who will play well will be victorious.


Afghanistan has the best bowling department and according to the pitch condition, if they win the toss they will choose to bowl first. Afghanistan spinners will give a tough time to New Zealand. If New Zealand wins the toss, they will choose to bat first and will give a big target to team Afghanistan.  


There is no chance of rain. The temperature will be moderate at 30 degrees during the start and will fall slowly. The weather will be slightly cloudy. Wind speed will be 2 m/s. There will be no precipitations. The highest temperature will be 31 while the lowest will be 24 degrees. The conditions are favorable for this match.


New Zealand has a 74% chance of winning this match.

Afghanistan has a 26% chance of winning this match.

Is New Zealand a stronger team than Afghanistan?

New Zealand is a stronger team than Afghanistan.

Is there any chance of rain during the match?

No, there is no chance of rain in the whole day.

Which team has more chance of winning?

From the previous records, New Zealand has more chances of winning.

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