We have unlocked the phase-2 sector of the World Cup 2019 and after a five-week, 45 group stage matches, we have discovered four teams still in with a chance of lifting the World Cup trophy at Lord’s on July 14th.
The debate on who meets whom in the semi-finals of the World Cup continued late on Saturday Night where Australia lost the game against South Africa by 10 runs and India makes to the top spot of the Points table. With this result, India would now come head to head against fourth-placed New Zealand at Old Trafford Cricket ground, Manchester on Tuesday.
Let me remind you, the first encounter between India and New Zealand was washed out due to rain. It was due to net-run rate that New Zealand fixed its spot in the semi-finals ahead of Pakistan, despite facing three straight defeats.
India would step up as the favorites against the Kiwis and this crucial clash begins at 3:00 PM IST.
India: W, W, L, W, W
New Zealand: L, L, L, W, W
IND vs NZ, 1st Semi-Final, ICC World Cup 2019
Tuesday, 9th July 2019
03:00 PM IST
Old Trafford Cricket ground, Manchester
Played – 6 Games – Won-3 – Lost 3
1983 against England -Manchester-Won by 6 wickets
1987 against England – Mumbai – Lost by 35 runs
1996 against Sri Lanka – Kolkata – Lost by default
2003 against Kenya – Durban – won by 91 runs
2011 against Pakistan – Mohali – Won by 29 runs
2015 against Australia – Lost by 95 runs
Played – 7 games – Won 1 – Lost 6
1975 against West Indies – The Oval – Lost by 5 wickets
1979 against England – Manchester – Lost by 9 Wickets
1992 against Pakistan- Auckland – Lost b 4 wickets
1999 against Pakistan- Manchester – Lost by 9 wickets
2007 against Sri Lanka – Kingston – Lost by 81 runs
2011 against Sri Lanka – Colombo (RPS) – Lost by 5 wickets
2015 against South Africa – Auckland – Won by 4 wickets
19 years old Virat Kohli and 17 years old Kane Williamson met as captain back in 2008 u-19 semi-finals in Kaula Lumpur and India won the encounter by 3 wickets and 9 balls remaining.
India Team News:
New Zealand Team News:
Hardik Pandya could be disastrous with the ball and bat both and can turn out as an X-factor against New Zealand. He has bagged 9 wickets from 8 innings with the best figure being 3/60 at an economy of 5.58.
Pandya has always delivered when needed and he has ensured many India’s wins. His strike rate has been exceptional and is capable of taking you out of pressure. He even saves run with his fielding skills. He is a complete player whom you can ignore.
Lockie Ferguson is expected to bounce back strong after suffering a niggle. This pacer has impressed everyone with his face and line and length. Lockie at present is the third leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 17 scalps in 7 innings at an economy of 4.96.
1: Virat vs Southee
2) V Kohli vs T Boult
3) R Sharma vs T Boult
4) R Sharma vs T Southee
5) M Guptill vs B Kumar
6) K Williamson vs R Jadeja
7)T Latham vs Chahal
8)K Williamson vs Shami
9) K Williamson vs B Kumar
Note: J Bumrah has played only 7 matches against Kiwis and took 12 wickets. You could consider him as an X-factor
Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee (vc), Ross Taylor
Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mayank Agarwal, Dinesh Karthik (wk), KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja
India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneswar Kumar, M Shami, Y Chahal, Bumrah
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Locke Ferguson, Matt Henry
Fantasy picks from India:
Rohit Sharma has been sensational throughout this World cup. He has smashed 647 runs in 8 innings with 5 centuries and 1 half-century.
If Rohit manages to score 53 more runs against New Zealand in the first semi-final then he will also become the first cricketer to score 700 runs in a World Cup.
V Kohli is the second run-getter for India with 442 runs at an average of 63.14. You can choose Kohli as your captain as he has an average fo 68.53 against this opposition including 7 fifties and 5 hundred.
MS Dhoni provides some perfect balance in the middle order and his average against this opposition is 49.44. You can afford to miss him.
Fantasy picks from New Zealand: