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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 - Indian cricket team will take on New Zealand cricket team for the first time in the World Cup since 2003. After rain played spoilsport last month in India's third league game of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, the two teams now get a chance to lock horns once again in the 1st semifinal at the iconic Emirates Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester tomorrow.
Indian cricket team led by their icon player Virat Kohli has a few selection issues to sort out before this marquee encounter tomorrow. India's top-order is in supreme form. Rohit Sharma has hit a record-breaking five centuries in this edition of the World Cup, including three in a row. Lokesh Rahul also managed to score a century and the pair did not leave much for the rest of the players to do. The bowling is another story, though. Jasprit Bumrah is the most economical bowler still remaining in the tournament. He may not have taken the wickets that some of the bowlers have taken but his ability to dry up the runs is just breathtaking. He is going to lead the attack with Mohammad Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Kuldeep Yadav. An injury could be hang on Yuzvendra Chahal, so Ravindra Jadeja could play if Chahal does not recover in time.
On the other hand, New Zealand cricket team led by their star player Kane Williamson haven't been in good form, with three consecutive losses later in the tournament. The Black Caps has benefitted from having its easiest matches at the start of the campaign. That allowed it to get the required number of wins under its belt and play the big matches without any pressure. New Zealand has not won a single game any of the other semi-finalists or even the fifth-placed team for that matter. New Zealand's batting is currently too dependent on Kane Williamson. He has scored 481 runs in the tournament while the second best in Ross Taylor with 261 runs. Martin Guptill and the other opening batsmen tried have been unsuccessful in setting up a platform for the team.
Trent Boult is in great touch so far as he picking wickets on regular basis. Also, Lockie Ferguson missed the last match but is expected to be back for this match. He has the extra pace to trouble the Indian batsmen. Mitchell Santner and the two all-rounders are going to round out the bowling attack.
My Dream XI Prediction Team:
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul, Kane Williamson, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya (VC), James Neesham, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Weather forecast: The weather forecast for match day is a bit mixed. Humidity is expected to be high and there are some clouds around for the most part. A couple of rain delays may also be seen, although, nothing that should cause a reduction in the match.
Pitch conditions: The pitch at Manchester is good for batting and the large boundaries should help the spinners bowl with freedom as well.
Head to Head in World Cup: 4-3 in the favour of the Black Caps New Zealand cricket team over Men-in-Blue's Indian cricket team.
Overall ODI matches - 106
Won by India - 55
Won by New Zealand - 45
Tie - 1
No results - 5
New Zealand - Defeats to Australia and England stop New Zealand cricket team's momentum in this tournament but the team that faces India could be similar to the one defeated by the hosts last time out. Henry Nicholls has replaced Colin Munro at the top of the order and, though he was out first ball, his pre-tournament form may demand another chance. Tim Southee was expensive in place of Lockie Ferguson, however, and the latter could be back.
India - Indian cricket team management could be rested Mohammed Shami and Yuzvendra Chahal for their final group match against Sri Lanka, with Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav brought in. Both changes are likely to be reversed for the semi-final, however. Dinesh Karthik has been selected ahead of Kedar Jadhav and is set to bat at number seven
India Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
India - Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Mayank Agarwal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami
New Zealand - 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, Tom Blundell, Henry Nicholls, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi
India vs New Zealand ICC World Cup 1st Semi-final
Date and Time - 9th July 2019 at 3:00 PM IST
Venue - Emirates Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester
India won the last series it played against New Zealand in New Zealand with ease. That was a series where the two wrist-spinners for India dominated the proceedings. We think India is going to go in with a similar plan and should be able to come away with a similar result. Better current form, better bowlers, and better batsmen all give the advantage to India.