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 at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester. 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. Now, let’s have a look at the IND vs NZ Head to Head Record.
Both the teams have met 8 times in the history of ICC Cricket 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.
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.
Prediction for match result
The pressure will be on both the teams as there is no second chance if lost. While India are coming from two back-to-back wins after losing to the host, England, New Zealand faced a couple of losses. Keeping their current form in mind, India will have the upper hand.
In conclusion, this first semi-final between India vs New Zealand game in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 should go in India’s favour. Though New Zealand’s key players Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson have been in formidable form, they might lack in a couple of areas like in the opening. Their openers are not in sync and have been failing to deliver since long. On the other hand, India openers are enough to create a threat to their opponents. Moreover, their bowlers are all in form. With their economical bowling and flying start with the bat, India are expected to win the game.