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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 - A confident Indian cricket team will take on New Zealand cricket team in the first semi-finals of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford, Manchester today. As fans await to see India clash against New Zealand for the first time in the World Cup 2019, bad weather could play a spoilsport in the much awaited clash with downpour being predicted for today's match.
After securing a convincing seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Saturday, the Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team emerged as the table toppers, with 15 points from their nine matches. Despite leading the table, the Men-in-Blue won't make the mistake to take the Kiwis lightly. Spearheaded by the Trent Boult, the Kiwi pace battery has already rattled the Indian batting line-up during their warm-up match before this edition of WC begins.
On the other hand, New Zealand cricket team-led by their star player Kane Williamson were unstable during the final phase of the league stage and stood at the fourth position. With three defeats in their nine matches, the Black Caps could only register 11 points in an equal number of matches. While Kane Williamson and his men will go into the contest on the back of three consecutive defeats and would look to return to winning track when they take on India in the first semi-final at Old Trafford today.
A partly cloudy day in Manchester with a very slight chance of rain. If the match is washed out on Tuesday, it will be played on the following day, which is the "Reserve Day" from where it was stopped. The weather forecast for the 'reserve day' also shows showers along with overcast conditions. If the match is washed out on the reserve day too then India will automatically qualify for the finals courtesy of accumulating the higher number of points in the group stages.
The track at the Manchester looks like green, spongy pace and bounce. The last match held at this venue was a high scoring game between Australia and South Africa, where South Africa defeated Australia by 10 runs. Based on previous matches, surely it is a batting pitch, so the team winning the toss might opt to bat first irrespective of weather conditions. So, Both teams are looking forward with these seaming conditions.
Total Matches - 106
Won by India - 55
Won by New Zealand - 45
Tied - 1
N/R - 5
Head-to-Head in World Cup:
Total Matches - 8
Won by India - 3
Won by New Zealand - 4
N/R - 1
Players to watch out for
Rohit Sharma (India) - The Hitman Rohit Sharma, who has been in tremendous form in the World Cup so far. He scored three consecutive centuries have come out of the bat, in this World Cup, Rohit has got five centuries in his place, thus it can be difficult to dismiss Kiwi bowlers. Rohit has scored 647 runs in 8 innings at an average of 92.42 in this World Cup and he is currently the highest run-scorer in the tournament.
Kane Williamson (New Zealand) - New Zealand cricket team captain Kane Williamson, has been in fine form, making match-winning hundreds against South Africa and the West Indies. Kane Williamson has battling alone in this World Cup so far for New Zealand while the rest of the top order have had a largely forgettable World Cup as the Black Caps losing 13 wickets in the power-play at an average of just 23.38 each - the worst record in the competition. Williamson has scored 481 runs ( i.e. approx 29 percent of New Zealand's total ) in seven innings at an average of 96.20. He plays spinners very well, so Indian pace attack may have to face some difficulties in removing his breaks.
India Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
India (From): Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Mayank Agarwal
New Zealand (From): Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Tom Blundell, Lockie Ferguson, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi
India vs New Zealand ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 1st semi-final
Date - Tuesday, 9th July 2019
Time - 03:00 PM IST
Venue - Old Trafford, Manchester
Live Telecast - Star Network
Online Streaming - Hotstar
New Zealand started the World Cup off strongly, they've struggled when faced with big oppositions. They have lost their last three, including a 119-run crushing by England last time out, and look to be the weak line in this final four. While Indian cricket team lost only one game against the hosts England at Edgbaston. So, we can say that the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma should have too much fire-power than Kane Williamson and co. to be able to keep up, predicts that India won this epic game at Manchester.