It is 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. It is the knockouts stage of the World Cup 2019 as India locks horns with New Zealand in the first semi-final. Both these teams have worked extremely hard to get here and were brilliant all through the nine league games that they played.
While on the other hand, in the second semi-final, defending champions Australia will be going up against hosts England at the Edgbaston, Birmingham on July 11, Thursday. Prior to the knock-out games, Nasser Hussain, the former England captain, put forth his predictions. First, he said that the Men in Blue are likely to take down the Black Caps. He backed his comments, saying that the Kiwis don’t have enough in-form batsmen to chase down whatever India sets for them.
“India are just too strong. They will always get a score. New Zealand have been under-par and a bit lucky to be there. Are there enough New Zealand batsmen in form to be able to chase down whatever India score? I don’t think so,” Nasser Hussain was quoted as saying in Daily Mail.
Secondly, he said that England love playing at the Edgbaston and the Three Lions will come out trumps versus the Aussies. Aaron Finch and Co beat the Brits at the Lord’s by 64 runs and Hussain reckons that it was because their bowlers got more help from the deck at the iconic venue.
I don’t see any holes in the England team
“England will be pleased they are playing Australia away from Lord’s because as we saw in the group stages Lord’s suits the Aussies and the way they play. Their swing bowlers would have been more dangerous at Lord’s than Edgbaston. England love playing at Edgbaston and I will go for them. Just,” he added.
About the all-important final on July 14 at the Lord’s, Hussain reckons that Eoin Morgan and Co. are the most likely winners. He feels that while India has a few chinks in their armour, England has none. In the league stage, the hosts beat India by 31 runs at the Edgbaston. “If England beat India twice they will be worthy winners of this World Cup and nobody could argue. There are some great players in this India side but there are still a few holes and I don’t see any holes in the England team. I’m going for England. Just,” Hussain concluded.