The ICC World Cup 2019 semi-final lineup is set and the four best teams of the championship have made it through. Fans of Pakistan could disagree with that because they ended up on the very same things as New Zealand at the end and had really beaten it in their head to head experience but that’s a discussion for another time.
The very first semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019 will be played between India and New Zealand. India finished at the peak of the table and lost only 1 game in its entire effort. New Zealand finished fourth and was slightly lucky to have scraped through to the semi-final on the basis of net run-rate.
The only game which was washed out for both India and New Zealand was contrary to each other. They played against each other at a warm-up game before the onset of the true World Cup 2019, a match that was acquired by New Zealand.
India comes in to this game full of confidence with the majority of its players in form although New Zealand comes after three consecutive defeats in its last three matches.
India vs New Zealand ICC World Cup 2019 semi-final is going to be performed at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.Two solid wins following the defeat to England can help India maintain an optimistic frame of mind when it plays against New Zealand. Virat Kohli includes a couple selection issues to sort out since a few old problems continue to accompany him.
India’s top-order is in ultimate form. Rohit Sharma has struck a record-breaking five years in this edition of the World Cup, including three in a row. Lokesh Rahul also was able to score a century and the set didn’t leave much for the rest of the players to do.
India’s top-3 has been the best in the world for a long time and even though Shikhar Dhawan is out hurt, Lokesh Rahul has filled that spot up quite nicely. Each of the teams playing India will see a chance to exploit then top-3.
Rishab Pant is quite young in his ODI career and can be very unpredictable. MS Dhoni at number 5 is a waning drive and Dinesh Karthik, the present number 6, is far from convincing also. Hardik Pandya was promoted up the order to attempt to make an impact towards the end of the inning but his high-risk manner of playing makes him somewhat inconsistent too.
India’s batting is exposed to early wickets and that is most likely why they start a little slow. Against New Zealand, Trent Boult will be a large threat with all the new ball. He swings the ball to the pads of the batsmen and contains bothered Rohit Sharma in the past.
India’s batting has some big holes in it and will require its top-3 to carry it for two more matches.
The bowling is just another story, though. Jasprit Bumrah is the bowler still remaining in the tournament. He might not have accepted the wickets that some of the bowlers have taken but his ability to dry up the runs is just breathtaking.
He Will lead the attack with Mohammad Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Kuldeep Yadav. India may decide to play Bhuvaneshwar Kumar inside this match is that the conditions are a bit overcast. An injury cloud hovered over Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja could play if Chahal doesn’t recover in time