India vs New Zealand: Fight for finale ticket but rain likely to interrupt World Cup 2019 semi-final

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Manchester: India take on New Zealand in the big semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford in Manchester Today.

India qualified for the semi-final after finishing the league stages at the top of the World Cup 2019 points table. On the other hand, New Zealand finished 4th after being tied on points with 5th-placed Pakistan, thanks to their better net run rate.

India are starting as favourites, considering their run to the finals of World Cup 2019. Virat Kohli’s men have been able to mask their shortcomings wonderfully well and have been clinical, more often than not. Barring the loss to England at Edgbaston, India have been spotless in the tournament.

India have been clinical throughout the tournament and barring one slight blip against England, remained largely untroubled and topped the league standings. New Zealand started off their campaign in style but three defeats in their last three games meant they had to scrape into the final four on the basis of a superior net run rate.

India had made a couple of changes to their playing for their final group game against Sri Lanka. They rested Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Shami going with Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja instead.

Chahal and Shami are set to return for the semis but likely in the place of Kuldeep and Bhuvneshwar. Jadeja courtesy his economical effort with the ball might get another look in. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is not giving wickets with the new ball and his economy has also been on the higher side.

On the other hand, New Zealand are heading into the semi-final on the back of 3 loses on the bounce. Kane Williamson’s men need to step up if they are to test India in the big-semi-final.

New Zealand’s highest wicket-taker for the tournament so far, Lockie Ferguson has recovered from a groin injury and is set to return to the playing eleven for the semifinals. It remains to be seen whether he comes in for Matt Henry or Tim Southee.

There will also be a toss-up between openers Colin Munro and Henry Nicholls. Nicholls hasn’t made of the chances presented to him and the Blackcaps might get the more established Munro in place of him.

Reserve day for semi-final 1: India vs New Zealand at Old Trafford – Wednesday 10th July (3.30 pm IST)

The Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method could also come into the picture if it seems possible to decide a winner with revised overs and targets. However, even after doing so, the minimum number of overs (20 overs) required to constitute a match could not be bowled tomorrow, then the match would be continued on the reserve day.

However, if the game is again washed out, India will reach the final because they are placed higher in the ICC World Cup 2019 Points Table.

IND vs NZ Head To Head All Time Records

Date Winner Margin Ground
13-Jun-19 Abandoned Trent Bridge
14-Mar-03 India 7 wickets Centurion
12-Jun-99 New Zealand 5 wickets Nottingham
12-Mar-92 New Zealand 4 wickets Dunedin
31-Oct-87 India 9 wickets Nagpur
14-Oct-87 India 16 runs Bengaluru
13-Jun-79 New Zealand 8 wickets Leeds
14-Jun-75 New Zealand 4 wickets Manchester


Probable XI:

India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (w), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls/Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry/Tim Southee, Trent Boult


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