ICC Cricket World Cup Match Predictions
Semi-Final, India VS New Zealand
World Cup 2019 - 9 July 2019 @ Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Let’s find out who will win this match and reach the Finals of Cricket World Cup 2019
India VS New Zealand
The apprehension about the top four teams to reach the knock-out stage in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has been put to rest now. The last match of the group stage were played on 6 July between India and Sri Lanka where India outplayed the Sri Lankan team, making its way to the top of the points table with 15 points leaving Australia behind by 1 point.
The four teams to reach the knock-out stage are India with 15 points, Australia with 14 points, England with 12 points and New Zealand with 11 points.
The first match of the semi finals will be played on 9 July between India and New Zealand at the Old Trafford stadium in England.
Team India Preview
The confidence build-up in the players of team India is going through the roof, owing to the last two wins against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. India has lost only one match in the entire series, and seems to be fully prepared for this match.
Rohit Sharma’s five record breaking centuries in the World Cup 2019 and Lokesh Rahul’s century adds another strength to the team’s supreme form for the first semi final of World Cup 2019.
The top-3 order of India has been the best throughout, even though Shikhar Dhawan is sitting out for this tournament, Lokesh Rahul has managed to fill up his place perfectly.
In terms of bowling, Jasprit Bumrah is the best bowler in the team, and even though he may have failed to take record breaking wickets but his impressive ways of drying up the runs are amazing.
Unpredictable and very young in ODI career, Rishab Pant is coming out stronger for the team. The biggest challenge for Indian players in this match against New Zealand is Trent Boult’s bowling. He even troubled Rohit Sharma with his swing bowling that directly goes into the batsmen’s pads.
Given that Indian batting is susceptible to early wickets, it will be better for the top order to start at a slow pace.
Team New Zealand Preview
New Zealand’s entry in the semi-finals is very unexpected, given that they have suffered three consecutive defeats. Playing the initial matches against easy teams in the tournament, contributed to the points that the team accumulated and also helped in playing the later matches under less pressure.
New Zealand is the weakest team in the four teams to reach semi-finals and India stands a real chance at reaching the finals if they tread carefully against the strong bowlers. Although, the chances of New Zealand out-performing the Indians stand strong if they choose to bowl first.
For New Zealand to win this match, return of Lockie Ferguson is very important, since his pace can really be the cause of trouble for the Indian batsmen.
The batting form of New Zealand is in good shape, but solely dependant on Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor as the other opening batsmen have not been able to perform as expected.
mPanchang Predicts The Winner of This Match
India and New Zealand are set to play the first match of the semi-final in World Cup 2019, at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester. The pitch at the stadium is perfect for batting and if India chooses to bat first, then it really stands a chance at putting down New Zealand.
Our Winner Prediction: India