Since 2013, for the first time, India would be facing off New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final match. In this tournament, when India faced New Zealand, during their third league match, rain played a spoilsport. Hence, in the tournament’s first semi-final, India would get the opportunity to lock horns against the Black Caps at the iconic Emirates Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester.
For both teams, it has been a contrasting scene for both the teams as India finished the league stage matches by securing a top spot in the points table. The only minor glitch was their loss in the hands of England. On the other hand, the Black Caps, with three successive losses, they are not in great form. In fact, in their last league encounter, the Kiwis were crushed by the hosts England by a huge margin of 119 runs. However, before this glitch, the Black Caps had some string of victories.
At one point of time, New Zealand was the only one undefeated team against India.
New Zealand started its campaign with a 10-wicket victory over Lankans. It was followed by a pushy win over Bangladesh. The team put up a great performance against Afghanistan. The close wins registered by the Black Caps against South Africa and West Indies was closely followed by losses against Pakistan, Australia, and England.
India would be facing off New Zealand at the Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester.
It would be a tricky choice to pick between the two solid wicketkeepers – MS Dhoni and Tom Latham. However, Dhoni’s ability to perform under pressure and his vast experience against the top teams give him an edge over Latham.
India’s Virat Kohli and company and NZ’s Williamson and Taylor are enough to instill fear in the minds of opposition bowlers.
High expectations are on Boult, Bumrah, Shami and Ferguson for the match. Along with them, one Chahal can be great for the team.