Ahmedabad - Zimbabwe skipper Elton Chigumbura won the toss and decided to bat against New Zealand, in the World Cup Group A match at the Sardar Patel Stadium on Friday.
Zimbabwe made two changes from the side which defeated Canada, bringing in Regis Chakabva and Tinashe Panyangara for the injured Sean Williams and Christopher Mpofu.
New Zealand, defeated by Australia in their last game, left out Jamie How in favour of seamer Kyle Mills.
Both teams have a win and a loss apiece so far in the tournament.
Brendon McCullum (wkt), Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, James Franklin, Scott Styris, Nathan McCullum, Daniel Vettori (capt), Kyle Mills, Tim Southee, Hamish Bennett
Brendan Taylor, Charles Coventry, Tatendu Taibu (wkt), Craig Ervine, Elton Chigumbura (capt), Regis Chakabva, Greg Lamb, Prosper Utseya, Graeme Cremer, Ray Price, Tinashe Panyangara
Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK) and Marais Erasmus (RSA)
TV umpire: Rod Tucker (AUS)
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (SRI)
Pitch conditions: The wicket is expected to favour batsmen, but quality bowlers can also leave a mark as was seen during Australia-Zimbabwe match on February 21.