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World Cup 2019, 1st Semi-Final- IND Vs NZ, Preview: High-Flying India Up Against Tensed Kiwis

After some exciting and entertaining rivalries that surfaced in the highly appealing round-robin saga of the ICC World Cup 2019, it is now time to shift the complete focus onto the knockout encounters. In the first semi-final clash, table-toppers Team India will be locking horns with New Zealand at the Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester on July 9, Tuesday. Both the teams are coming into this game after witnessing contrasting results unfold in their respective previous outings.

Things have reached that stage of the World Cup where one bad day at the office can put a full stop to all the fortunes. This is that stage where champions are made and heartbreaks get inevitable. Both these teams have worked extremely hard to get here and were brilliant all through the nine league games that they played.

Team India’s campaign only witnessed a loss to England while New Zealand have been a bit off the mark in the last few games. After five consecutive wins, the Kiwis suffered a hat-trick of losses in their last three matches. While it was definitely disappointing, they will look to bounce back in this all-important encounter. However, Virat Kohli and his boys will look to continue with the dominance and bag yet another win. Since these two teams haven’t played each other earlier due to the rain-interruption, the contest gets that much more interesting.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

India

New Zealand

Tied

No Result

Overall (107)

55

45

1

6

In World Cup (8)

3

4

 

1

India’s likely Playing XI

The Men in Blue are likely to bring back Mohammed Shami and Yuzvendra Chahal back into the eleven. Kuldeep Yadav has been awfully out of touch and even Bhuvneshwar Kumar has leaked runs at an alarming rate. Shami is in good form, having picked up 14 wickets from four games. Jadeja bowled well versus Lanka and may be persisted with. He also gives his team the depth in the batting line-up and teeth on the field.

Karthik has the composure to deliver under pressure and he may retain his place. In the batting department, Rohit is in the form of his life. Even Rahul showed his class in the previous game with a ton. Kohli hasn’t disappointed either, though he would be looking for a century. It’s also a massive Test for Pant. The focus will also be on MS Dhoni regarding his approach in the middle overs.

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

New Zealand’s likely Playing XI

On the other hand, New Zealand might choose to bring back Lockie Ferguson, who missed the previous game due to a hamstring injury. In that scenario, Tim Southee needs to go back to the bench. There’s also a chance of Colin Munro making his way into the eleven as Henry Nicholls has been out of sorts as well. Martin Guptill has scored a mere 93 runs in six matches after his unbeaten 73 against Sri Lanka more than a month ago.

A lot would depend on Kane Williamson, who has 481 runs at an average of 96.20 with a couple of tons. Ross Taylor got out after getting starts – 30 and 28 – in the last two games and he’ll be keen to put his best foot forward. Tom Latham, scoring a fifty in the previous encounter would’ve come as a sigh of relief. In the bowling department, Ferguson and Boult have to shoulder a chunk of the responsibility.

Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.

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