India are favorites to win
India face New Zealand at Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester, in the first of the two ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-finals. The match takes place on July 9 and the live action begins at 10:30 local time.
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Teams, including India and New Zealand, have favoured batting first at Old Trafford and the team opening up has generally gone on to win. This could be a key toss.
Frustratingly, rain is set to return to Manchester on Tuesday and there could be a few interruptions due to showers.
What if IND vs NZ Semi-Final is Rained Out?
There is a possibility of the match being washed out due to rain, and if it does, then both the teams will face each other on Friday which has been set as the reserve day for this semi-final. However, rain has been forecast for that day as well and so the big question that arises here is who will play the finals if the reserve day too gets washed out. In that case, it is India who will advance to play the finals on Sunday courtesy of their higher position (first) in the standings than New Zealand (fourth).
Old Trafford has served up some flat, batting wickets so far in this tournament.
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India 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.
Rohit Sharma has been the stand-out batsman of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, scoring his fifth century in eight innings as India saw off Sri Lanka last time out. Sharma has now scored 100s in his last three consecutive games on his way to a tournament-high 647 runs in total.
Virat Kohli is India’s next highest run-scorer, having scored five consecutive half-centuries during the group stage. The India captain has hit 442 runs in total at an average of 63.14 after his unbeaten 34 against Sri Lanka.
KL Rahul, opening the batting, hit 111 in that game and shared a 189-run partnership with Sharma to move to 360 runs from eight innings in total.
With the ball, Jasprit Bumrah claimed three wickets to return to the top of India’s wicket-taking charts with 17, complemented by a superb economy rate of 4.48 runs per over. Mohammed Shami will be pushing for a recall after taking 14 wickets in just four matches, while spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has taken 11 in seven games.
India bounced back from their only group stage defeat – a 31-run defeat to hosts England at Edgbaston - by beating Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to sign off on a high.
Against Bangladesh, Rohit Sharma scored 104 in a total of 314/9. Jasprit Bumrah then claimed 4-55 as India bowled the Tigers out for 286 in reply.
Sharma then hit another century – his fifth of the tournament and third in a row – to lead India to a commanding victory against Sri Lanka. He scored 103 and KL Rahul hammered 111 as India needed just 43.3 overs to chase 265 and win by seven wickets.
India made a perfect start to their World Cup campaign, beating the likes of South Africa, Australia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the West Indies to win their first five completed matches on the bounce. Their third fixture was against New Zealand which had to be called off due to rain without a ball bowled. After crushing the Windies, India then took on the hosts England and suffered a 31-run loss - their only defeat in the tournament so far. They, however, returned to winning ways with back-to-back wins over Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to finish at the top of the leaderboard with 15 points.
|India||Won||7 Wickets||v Sri Lanka||Leeds||6-jul-19|
|India||Won||28 runs||v Bangladesh||Brimingham||2-jul-19|
|India||Lost||31 runs||v England||Brimingham||30-jun-19|
|India||Won||125 runs||v West India||Manchester||27-jun-19|
|India||Won||11 runs||v Afghanistan||Southampton||22-jun-19|
|India||Won||89 runs||v Pakistan||Manchester||16-jun-19|
|India||Abandoned||-||v New Zealand||Nottingham||13-jun-19|
|India||Won||36 runs||v Australia||The Oval||9-jun-19|
|India||Won||6 wickets||v South Africa||Southampton||5-jun-19|
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Risabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami
Defeats to Australia and England halted New Zealand’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.
Kane Williamson top-scored for New Zealand during the group stage, scoring two match-winning centuries – including 148 against West Indies at Old Trafford – on his way to 481 runs in total. He was unlucky to be run out at the non-striker’s end before he could make an impact against England last time out.
Ross Taylor hit 261 runs, meanwhile, having come into the tournament as one of the most in-form batsmen in world ODI cricket.
New Zealand’s bowlers have impressed, meanwhile. Lockie Ferguson has 17 wickets from seven matches, while Trent Boult took 15 from eight. Ahead of the tournament, Boult was second in the world rankings behind only Jasprit Bumrah.
New Zealand’s group-stage efforts fizzled out with defeats to Pakistan, Australia and England in their final three games – meaning they only reached a semi-final spot on net run rate.
They could not defend 237/6 in a low-scoring game against Pakistan at Edgbaston, losing by six wickets. Then, against Australia, chasing 244 to win after Trent Boult’s 4-51, they collapsed to just 157 all out.
It was a similar story against England. They pegged the hosts back well after a tough start, leaving them chasing 306 to win at Durham, but they posted just 186 all out in 45 overs.
Just like India, New Zealand too kicked off their World Cup campaign with a bang, decimating Sri Lanka in their opening fixture at Cardiff. They then went on to pip Bangladesh and dominate Afghanistan before sharing points with India in a rained out game. The Black Caps played their next two matches against South Africa and the West Indies - while they won quite convincingly against the Proteas, they managed to survive a big scare against the Windies as Carlos Brathwaite nearly took the game away from them. New Zealand's form then took a dip towards the tournament's business end and they ended up losing their last three round-robin fixtures - versus Pakistan, Australia and England. They finished fourth on the points table with 11 points and managed to sneak into the semi-finals on account of a superior net run-rate to Pakistan.
|New Zealand||Lost||119 runs||v England||Chester-Le-Street||3-jul-19|
|New Zealand||Lost||86 runs||v Australia||Lord's||29-jun-19|
|New Zealand||Lost||6 wickets||v Pakistan||Brimingham||26-jun-19|
|New Zealand||Won||5 runs||v West India||Manchester||22-jun-19|
|New Zealand||Won||4 wickets||v South Africa||Brimingham||19-jun-19|
|New Zealand||Abandoned||-||v India||Nottingham||13-jun-19|
|New Zealand||Won||7 wickets||v Afghanistan||Taunton||8-jun-19|
|New Zealand||Won||2 wickets||v Bangladesh||The Oval||5-jun-19|
|New Zealand||Won||10 wickets||v Sri Lanka||Cardiff||1-jun-19|
Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry
India and New Zealand’s group-stage game fell victim to the rain – the only no result either team endured during the group stage. It means they go into this game having met 106 times in ODI history. There have been 55 Indian wins, 45 for New Zealand, one tie and five no results.
They last met in New Zealand in January, when India were in dominant form on their way to a 4-1 series win.
|Matches Played||IND Won||NZ Won||Tie||No Result|
India and New Zealand have faced each other on eight occasions in the history of the World Cup, including last month's rained out encounter at Nottingham. Three of those have been won by the former while the latter have won four.
The two teams have played three World Cup matches against each other in England and New Zealand have won all three of those.
India and New Zealand will be going head-to-head for the first time ever in a World Cup semi-final.
|New Zealand||4 Wickets||Manchester||14-June-1975|
|New Zealand||8 Wickets||Leeds||13-June-1979|
|New Zealand||4 Wickets||Dunedin||12-March-1992|
|New Zealand||5 Wickets||Nottingham||12-June-1999|
With New Zealand’s form grinding to a halt in their final three group games, it is no surprise to see table-topping India go into these semi-finals as favourites.
With both teams boasting some of the leading players in world ODI cricket, there is a balancing act to be performed between the expensive options and the bargain finds.
MS Dhoni has the most points out of the four wicket-keepers, but he is more expensive than Rishabh Pant and Tom Latham who did well last time out and every credit counts. Pant and Latham can both be picked at eight credits.
Rohit Sharma’s form means you simply have to pick him. After three straight hundreds he is captaincy material for your Dream 11 team. Virat Kohli is another that must be picked, as is New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. That does not really leave enough budget to fit Ross Taylor in too, but he has made less impact and would be a big gamble.
Hardik Panya is one of the more expensive all-rounders as he has scored more points so far. Colin de Grandhomme will feature for New Zealand and has made big impacts this World Cup.
Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have shown excellent form in this tournament. Bumrah and Boult are both offered at nine credits. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has returned to the India team and is just eight credits, which is a suitable way to balance the budget. That leaves 8.5 credits – enough to finish the team off with spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
Rohit Sharma has hit three consecutive centuries for India and his form makes him impossible to overlook as captain. Virat Kohli is capable of big runs too, as is Kane Williamson. Jasprit Bumrah can be relied upon to deliver with the ball, meanwhile.
|BATSMEN||ALL ROUNDER||WICKET KEEPER||BOWLER|
|Virat Kohli (vc)||Hardik Panya||Tom Latham||Jasprit Bumrah|
|Rohit Sharma (c)||Colin de Grandhomme||Rishabh Pant||Bhuvneshwar Kumar|
|Kane Williamson||Yuzvendra Chahal|
New Zealand ended the group stage in poor form, whereas India – powered by Rohit Sharma’s batting – bounced back well from their only defeat. India proved their dominance by topping the table and they can see off the Black Caps to book a spot in the final.
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