WC 2019: India to Face New Zealand in 1st Semi Final of the Tournament

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On Tuesday, 9th July, India will face New Zealand in the 1st semifinals of the ICC Cricket World Cup at Manchester’s Old Trafford. 

Team India will look to make the final place for the fourth time. While New Zealand would like to play the final in the second World Cup. 

It won’t be easy for New Zealand to beat India in the World Cup Semifinal match.

In the last world cup, New Zealand faced a defeat by Australia in the World Cup final.

Team India won 69% of their ODI runs against them in the last 4 years. 

There have been 13 matches between India and New Zealand since the 2015 World Cup. And, team India won in 9 matches. New Zealand got success only in 4

In Manchester, both teams will face each other after 44 years. Last time in the 1975 World Cup, New Zealand had defeated India by 4 wickets.

After this both, the teams played two more ODI matches on England field.  New Zealand’s team was successful in both the matches. India lost by 5 wickets in Nottingham in 1999 and by 8 wickets in Leeds’s Headingley in 1979.

India has lost just 3 semi-finals so far, while New Zealand has lost 6

The Indian team will play the 7th semi-final in the World Cup history. Out of those 6 matches, India has won in 3 and faced a defeat in 3. 

In the previous World Cup, Australia defeated India in the semi-finals. 

Team India will play semi-finals for the first time against New Zealand. 

While New Zealand’s team is playing in the last 8th in the semi-finals. However, it’s recorded is not good.

New Zealand got only one win until now. It has suffered a defeat in the semi-finals.

Need to Dismiss Williamson-Taylor early 

India captain Virat Kohli said on Monday said “Our goal is to win. There will be a lot of pressure in this match too. Kane Williamson runs the match according to himself. They are an important part of New Zealand’s team with Ross Taylor. If both are out early, it will be good for us. ‘

India vs New Zealand head-to-head

The teams have played a total of 106 ODIs so far. The Indian team won 55 matches. New Zealand won 45 matches. There was a tie 1 match and there were no results in 5 matches.

They canceled the last match between the two teams because of rain in this World Cup.

India’s strength 

Rohit Sharma – Virat Kohli: Team India opener Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli are in the form in the tournament. Rohit scored 647 runs in 8 innings. During this period, his average was 92.42 and the strike rate was 98.78. He is the highest scorer in this World Cup to score 5 centuries. 

While Virat Kohli scored 442 runs in 8 innings. His average was 63.14 and the strike rate was 95.05. Kohli made 5 half-centuries in this World Cup.

Shami-Bumrah: World number one bowler Jaspreet Bumrah took 17 wickets in 8 matches. He once took four wickets in the match. Bumrah got runs from the economy rate of 4.49. 

Mohammed Shami took 14 wickets in 4 matches. He took over 4 wickets in all three competitions. They include both in the Top-10 bowlers of this tournament.

India’s weakness 

Kuldeep Yadav: Before World Cup, Kuldeep Yadav was the strongest Indian team in the spin department, but till now his performance in the tournament is not well. 

His partner Yuzvendra Chahal took 11 wickets in 7 matches. Kuldeep could only take 6 wickets in 7 matches. They included him in the team against Sri Lanka in the last match, but he only got one wicket.

New Zealand’s strength 

Kane Williamson: Team captain Ken Williamson’s performance has been the best in this World Cup so far. 

He scored 81 runs in 7 innings at an average of 96.20. During this period, their strike rate was 77.21. Williamson hit 42 fours and three sixes. 

The New Zealand captain has made two centuries in this World Cup. Williamson would like to well against India and give the team the final.

Lockie Ferguson: This fast bowler from New Zealand has made his mark in the tournament. Lucky took 17 wickets in 7 matches. Once in the match, four wickets also made his name. The locks are capable of ball speeds of 150 km/h. 

In this World Cup his economy rate is 4.96. They would like to shock their fastest Indian batsmen.

New Zealand’s weakness 

Martin Guptill out-of-form: This opener of the team has failed to score runs after the opening match. Guptill scored 166 runs in 8 innings at an average of 23.71. Their strike rate was 87.83. Guptill had scored a half century in the first match against Sri Lanka. After that, they did not touch the figure of 50. This did not give the team a strong start. Guptill would like to return to the form in the semi-final.

Both Teams

India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Jaspreet Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishabh Pant, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Lokesh Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav

New Zealand: Ken Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Henry Nicholas, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.



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