The Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune is the battleground for this high-stakes match, scheduled for November 1, starting at 2:00 PM IST. In the nine ODIs held at this venue, teams batting second have emerged victorious in five matches.
Notably, India's 356/7 against England in 2017 stands as the highest total recorded at this stadium, while India's 232 represents the lowest ODI score. It's important to highlight that New Zealand has a solitary ODI match at this stadium, which ended in defeat.
Quinton de Kock has emerged as a standout performer in the 2023 World Cup, leading the runs tally with a staggering 431 runs from six matches, boasting an impressive average of 71.83.
The left-handed opener has been in sublime form, smashing three centuries in the tournament. Overall, in World Cup matches, de Kock has accumulated 881 runs from 23 appearances, maintaining an average of 41.95 with three centuries and four half-centuries.
Notably, he has found success against New Zealand, amassing 408 runs in 13 ODIs at an average of 34, including four half-centuries.
South Africa's batting lineup in the 2023 World Cup has been formidable. Aiden Markram leads the way with 933 runs, establishing himself as the top run-scorer for the Proteas in ODIs this year.
Heinrich Klaasen has accumulated 827 runs in 2023 with an astounding strike rate of 150.63, making him the batter with the highest strike rate among those with 500 or more runs this year in ODIs.
Alongside Markram and Klaasen, Quinton de Kock and Temba Bavuma have all notched three ODI centuries this year, highlighting the strength of South Africa's top order. Marco Jansen adds to the batting prowess with a strike rate of 122.88.
New Zealand's batting sensation, Rachin Ravindra, has been a revelation in the 2023 World Cup, accumulating 406 runs in six matches at an astonishing average of 81.20. He has recorded two centuries and as many half-centuries in the tournament.
In ODIs this year, Ravindra has been in excellent form, amassing 595 runs at an average of 45.76, with three half-centuries and two centuries to his name.
His remarkable century against Australia allowed him to join an elite club, matching the legendary Sachin Tendulkar for the most World Cup centuries before turning 24, highlighting his immense potential.
New Zealand's batting lineup also boasts impressive statistics in 2023. Daryl Mitchell stands out as the most successful batter for New Zealand this year in ODIs, accumulating 974 runs and smashing four centuries.
Meanwhile, Devon Conway, with 726 runs in 2023, also owns four ODI centuries. New Zealand's captain, Kane Williamson, boasts a strong record against South Africa, amassing 670 runs in 17 ODIs at an average of 47.85, with two centuries against them.
Will Young adds to the team's batting prowess with 751 runs this year and emerges as New Zealand's second-highest run-scorer.
With the New Zealand and South Africa clash just around the corner, cricket enthusiasts around the world can look forward to a high-stakes encounter.
At the Pune venue, teams chasing have had an advantage over those batting first. Captains are likely to opt for chasing, given the history of 300+ targets being successfully chased down in two out of three attempts.
Additionally, the weather forecast for November 1 in Pune indicates no rain, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures ranging from 33 degrees Celsius in the afternoon to 24 degrees Celsius during the later stages of the match.
Both teams possess remarkable strengths and exceptional individual performers, making it a challenge to predict the outcome. The head-to-head statistics and player performances provide a glimpse into the thrilling contest that awaits fans on November 1 in Pune.">