NEW ZEALAND ARE THE FINALISTS! For the second successive ODI World Cup, it will be Kiwis who will fight for the title. Against all the odds they have out-muscled and out powered one of the favorites, India and have rightfully sealed their place in the finals. All smiles in their camp and on the faces of their players. India on the other hand, can't believe what just happened, nor can their fans. A few of them are in tears too. That is cricket though, there is one side which wins and there is one that loses. New Zealand were surely the better of the two sides.
On Wednesday, New Zealand started to play its tomorrow score of 221/5 in 46.1 overs. In these 23 balls, Indian pacer Bhuvi and Bumrah, who have just returned from their tremendous game, returned the pavilion to the Kiwi batsman even after spending 28 runs.
Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor made 74 runs off the last ball of the 47th over and was out in the dangerous throw of Ravindra Jadeja. Once again Jadeja returned to Tom Latham on the first ball of the 48th over when Virat took the catch off the last ball and finished the match of Matt Henry (1).
In this way, 3 wickets in Bumiara, Hardik Pandya, Jadeja and Chahal took 1-1 wickets.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, says they wanted to bat first too. States it is a fresh wicket, it looks nice and hard and it should be similar. Further adds there is rain around so the ball might just be difficult to grip. Mentions they have played two good games in Manchester and they hope it is another good game, they need to remember the good things and do the basics right. Informs there is one change, Yuzvendra Chahal comes in for Kuldeep Yadav.
New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson, says it looks like a good surface. Further adds they have played quite a few games here so they know it is a good wicket. States it is a new day so he hopes they get the job done. Mentions they are playing against a quality side and he hopes they can do well. Informs they have one change, Ferguson comes in for Southee.
India (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni(w), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
In the semi-final, Team India has the challenge that they came up with Winning Combination or selected the team according to the field. However, if the last match is seen, then the change can be expected.
Team India will look to make the final place for the fourth time. On the other hand, New Zealand would like to play the final in the second World Cup. It will not be easy to beat India for the Kiwi team that lost last year's title game against Australia. Team India won 69% of their ODI runs against them in the last 4 years. There have been 13 matches since the 2015 World Cup between the two teams. They won in Team India 9. New Zealand got success only four times.
It will be 7th semifinal in the World Cup history of the Indian team. He has won 3 times so far and defeated 3 times. In the previous World Cup, Australia defeated India by winning the semi-finals. Team India will play semi-finals for the first time against New Zealand On the other hand, New Zealand's team is playing in the last 8 for the 8th time, but its record is bad here.NZ got only one win till now. He has suffered a 6 defeat in the semi-finals.
When: India vs New Zealand, 1st Semifinal, CWC19, 10:30 Local, 15:00 IST
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja or Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls or Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult