The HPCA stadium in Dharamsala is set to host this high-stakes encounter. The ground has witnessed only eight ODIs, with chasing teams emerging victorious in five of these matches. The average first-innings score at this venue stands at 237.
In recent memory, England posted the highest team total here, amassing 364/9 against Bangladesh. While Australia has not played an ODI at this ground, New Zealand suffered defeats in both their previous outings at this location, including a loss to India earlier in the week.
On Saturday in Dharamshala, the weather is expected to be cool with a temperature of around 20°C. The day will be sunny with some clouds, and the wind will blow from the west and southwest at 9 km/hr, gusting up to 22 km/hr.
There's a 3% chance of precipitation and a 1% chance of thunderstorms, with cloud cover at 86% at the start of the day.
In the afternoon, the temperature will remain at 20°C, and the weather will be partly cloudy with 96% cloud cover. The chance of precipitation is minimal at 3%, and the humidity will be relatively high at 43%. The wind will shift to the south, blowing at 9 km/hr.
David Warner has been the linchpin of Australia's batting lineup in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup. The veteran opener has amassed 1,324 runs from 23 World Cup matches at an impressive average of 63.04. Warner's record includes six centuries and three fifties. Notably, he has already struck two centuries in this tournament and is just one away from equalling Rohit Sharma's record for the most World Cup tons (7).
Apart from David Warner, other Australian batters have regained their form at the right moment.
Mitchell Marsh played a crucial knock, scoring 121 against Pakistan, while Glenn Maxwell showcased his destructive prowess by smashing the fastest World Cup century, taking just 40 balls to reach the milestone against the Netherlands.
Additionally, Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith have contributed with half-centuries in the tournament, making Australia's batting lineup a force to be reckoned with.
Adam Zampa has been the standout spinner in the Australian squad, consistently delivering exceptional performances. He has claimed four-wicket hauls in his last three outings, adding significant value to the team.
Seamers Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and skipper Pat Cummins have also made substantial contributions, each securing six wickets in the tournament.
The trio of all-rounders, Maxwell, Marsh, and Marcus Stoinis, has further bolstered the bowling department.
New Zealand's batting unit has some impressive statistics to back their prowess. Daryl Mitchell has been the leading run-scorer for the Kiwis this year in ODIs, amassing 920 runs, including four centuries.
Rachin Ravindra has consistently delivered solid performances in the ongoing event, securing three fifty-plus scores, including a century. Meanwhile, Devon Conway boasts an impressive average of 53.69 and a strike rate of 98.03 in ODIs this year.
In the bowling department, Trent Boult has been New Zealand's leading wicket-taker in ODI World Cups, having claimed 45 wickets.
Moreover, he has secured 39 ODI scalps against Australia, underlining his effectiveness against this formidable opponent.
Mitchell Santner has been the standout bowler for New Zealand in the ongoing tournament, with 12 wickets to his name.
Additionally, Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson have contributed with ten and eight wickets, respectively, further strengthening New Zealand's formidable bowling attack.
With these statistics and insights in mind, the clash between Australia and New Zealand promises to be a thrilling encounter, with both teams aiming to secure a vital victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.">