Earlier on Tuesday, India thrashed Afghanistan by 153 runs at the Adelaide Oval in a warm-up match.
The prediction was made by University of Canterbury’s robot, named Ikram, after viewing the 14 competing countries’ flags.
After narrowing the field down to India, the West Indies, Scotland, New Zealand and Afghanistan, the robot decided that the debutants would be the winners.
Eduardo Sandoval, a University of Canterbury HITLab PhD student, has developed the robot’s prediction software.
“Of course, this is very unlikely, but with cricket the outcome can always be unexpected,” Sandoval was quoted as saying.