As the group league games of ICC Cricket World Cup are done and dusted, semi-finals are all set to begin from July 9. The first semi-final will be seen the battle between India and New Zealand. While India finished their group league with 15 points from 9 games, New Zealand claimed 11 points from the same number of games. Both the teams will try their hearts out to win the game so that they could play the final and lift the World Cup. It will be interesting to see which team will have the last laugh.
No injury news from both sides.
Predicted Playing 11
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja/Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls/Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Weather and pitch report
A partly cloudy day is expected in Manchester with a little chance of rain. If the game doesn’t take place, it will be played in the next day (the reserve day). The game is set to be played in a fresh wicket where the team who will bat first, get the advantage.
Both the teams have met 8 times in the history of ICC World Cup where India won 3 times New Zealand registered wins in 4 times while their game in this year’s tournament was washed out.
In the Dream 11 team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 first semi-final match, Tom Latham will fit for the place, keeping his good form in mind. He can give stability in the middle order and good behind the stumps also.
India opener Rohit Sharma already scored five centuries in the tournament whereas captain Virat Kohli too has been in great touch. On the other hand, though New Zealand opener Colin Munro has failed to show his class in the tournament, he is expected to play in the game. Along with him, captain Kane Williamson is also in a good form and scored over 450 runs already in the tournament. Their inclusion proves fruitful to their respective teams.
The Dream 11 team also consists of three all-rounders, named Hardik Pandya, Mitchell Santner and Ravindra Jadeja. Although Jadeja has played only one match, he is expected to retain his place in the squad. Hardik Pandya has been doing well both with bat and ball. He has taken 9 wickets and scored 194 runs in 9 matches so far and expected to maintain his form. On the other hand, Mitchell Santner also has the ability to take wickets and provide stability in the lower order.
Three bowlers have been named in the Dream 11 team, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Jasprit Bumrah. Ferguson is the pick of bowlers with 17 wickets, including a four-fer from 7 matches while Boult bagged 15 wickets so far from their 8 games played which included two four-wicket hauls. On the other hand, Jasprit Bumrah is the leading wicket-taker of India with 17 scalps in his name from 8 games, including a four-fer.
Captain and vice-captain
Rohit Sharma and Kane Williamson have been chosen the captain and vice-captain of the Dream 11 team respectively.