ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Semifinals: India vs New Zealand Preview: History Repeating Itself As Kohli & Williamson Set Clash In World Cup Semifinals.
India and New Zealand set to clash for the spot in world cup final on Tuesday at Old Trafford. This will be their first encounter in CWC 19 as their league match was washed away by rain. India finished at top to of the table by winning 7 matches, 1 loss and 1 No Result. The only team they could not defeat was host England. New Zealand, on the other hand, qualified at number 4 with a better run rate than Pakistan. The Black Caps started their campaign on a high note, however, towards the end the suffered 3 consecutive loss. Sportsfeista brings you preview for India vs New Zealand World semifinals.
India vs New Zealand World Cup Semifinal
Date: Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester England
Time: 10:30 Local, 09:30 GMT and 15:00 IST
What is History Between Kohli & Williamson?
Both Kohli & Williamson were the captain of their respective side when the two teams clashed in under 19 world cup semifinals. It was back in 2008 when both these players came against each other leading their sides. India won that semifinal and went on to lift Under 19 cup as well. From the current world cup squad Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Ravindra Jadeja were there. Kohli and team would like to repeat the history and Williamson and team would like to avenge the defeat.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Semifinals: India vs New Zealand Key Players
Kane Williamson: Kane Williamson has struck some prolific form and has the ability to take his team out of trouble like a true leader. India must get him out cheaply as NZ don’t do well if Williamson gets out early.
Ross Taylor: Ross Taylor has played few good innings, however, on his day he turn the match on his head. He is always going to be the key player.
Trent Boult: Trent is one of the best left arm fast bowlers. He is the second bowler to pick up hat trick in this world cup. He also troubled Indian batsmen during the warm up match.
Matt Henry: Matt Henry is a bowler who is among wickets in this world cup for New Zealand. He is someone India would like to watch out for.
Rohit Sharma: No one can deny the threat Rohit Sharma poses for his opponents in white ball cricket. The leading run scorer of CWC 19 has already hit 5 hundreds in the tournament. And he is looking hungry for runs.
Virat Kohli: Kohli the worlds best batsman is in prime form. Though he hasn’t struck century in this world cup but he is consistent with his bat.
Jasprit Bumrah: Many will agree, India can do without Kohli but can’t do without Bumrah. His ability to get wickets at any stage of the match makes him special and he is superb at death bowling. No 1 bowler in ODI for a reason.
MS Dhoni: You would be a fool if you ignore MS Dhoni. He might be on the receiving end for his batting form in this world cup but no one can deny the value he brings to the team. He can contribute not only with bat but also with his super cool tactics. He can guide bowlers to take wickets, set field in crunch situations and not to forget his super quick hands behind the stumps.
India vs New Zealand World Cup Semifinals, Problem Areas for Both Team
If India is struggling with their middle order then New Zealand with their opening pair. The Kisi hardly got any start in this world cup. Their key opener Martin Guptil hasn’t shown any form at all.
For India the middle order is still Achilles heel. They are heavily dependent on Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. They are still unable to solve number 4 question. Though Rishab Pant has shown some promise, however, how he handles the pressure of big game thats remain to be seen and India do bat with long tail.