ICC 2019: Match 46, First Semi-Final – India vs New Zealand, Match Preview and Prediction

In the first semi-final match of this cricket world cup campaign, India would be facing off New Zealand at Old Trafford, Manchester. This match is going to be pretty exciting for both teams as the winner would get the chance to play in the finals with another winner of the second semi-final match.
Weather Forecast
It’s expected that the temperature would remain between 19-20c with sunshine and cloudy intervals forecast.

Team Details

India

1.India took advantage of Australia’s stumble against South Africa by beating Sri Lanka on Saturday
to jump them and end at the top of the group and eventually seal what is on paper a much easier
path to the final by facing New Zealand.

2.Rohit Sharma scored his third successive hundred and his fifth in this World Cup to carry on his
great form against Sri Lanka and KL Rahul joined in the effort by scoring a century also as their
openers continued to prepare the stage for the team.

3.Jadeja impressed the cricket fraternity with his bowling and he could be a candidate to consider
for India’s match against the Black Caps; whereas Bhuvneshwar Kumar may have done his bit
more harm than good with his 1/73 from ten overs. Hence, one might witness a comeback of
Mohammed Shami.

New Zealand

1.New Zealand waddled into the semi-finals having lost their last three matches in a row against
Pakistan, Australia and England. Now, they would face India for the first time as their group
stage match was abandoned.

2.The opening partnership continues to be a serious concern for them as Nicholls has come into the
side for Munro and only managed eight runs so far in the two games. India needs a solution to
prevent key batsman Kane Williamson coming in so early each time.

3.The key bowlers for New Zealand team in the tournament are Boult, Henry, Ferguson and
Neesham.

Prediction

India has faced only one defeat in the tournament; whereas New Zealand has faced many setbacks. Williamson’s team needs to put up a great performance to win the match. India needs to improve their performance to win the match. Any team can win the match.

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