Man of the Match: Matt Henry
India takes on New Zealand in the first semifinals
Our prediction is India to win the match!
Team India topped the points table with their victory over Sri Lanka in their final league encounter. Rohit Sharma is on a roll with 5 centuries this world cup and has three back-to-back centuries in the last three matches. KL Rahul played a brilliant knock and scored his maiden World Cup century against Sri Lanka.
Virat Kohli is in top form and scoring runs consistently this World Cup. MS Dhoni, Rishabh pant, and Hardik Pandya have fared better but are yet to make a big score in this World Cup. Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, and Dinesh Karthik are in the fray for a lone position in the playing XI. Jasprit Bumrah continued his good form with an excellent spell against Sri Lanka. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar had a forgetful outing against Sri Lanka but we expect him to bounce back in the next match. Yuzvendra Chahal will return to playing XI after being rested in the last match. Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav may have a tossup between them depending on the playing conditions available on the match day.
New Zealand started the tournament in grand fashion and remained unbeaten in their first six matches. They have lost their momentum with three consecutive losses before the semi-finals. Openers Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls are struggling to find form and are yet to give a decent opening stand barring their first match in the 2019 World Cup.
Kane Williamson has been their best batsmen and has stood up in all the matches they have played so far. Ross Taylor, Colin De Grandhomme, and James Neesham have played some good knocks in the middle order and will look to contribute more towards the team`s cause. Trent Boult will take the new ball and look to swing the ball to trouble the Indian top order. Matt Henry or Tim Southee might partner him with the new ball and both are struggling for their line and lengths so far. Lockie Ferguson will return to the team after missing out on the last match due to injury concern. Mitchell Santner will take the spin bowling role in the team.
Virat Kohli – Virat has 5 half-centuries in this World Cup and is yet to cross the three-figure mark. Virat is a big match player and we expect him to score his first century in the knockout match.
Jasprit Bumrah – Bumrah will be a vital cog in India`s bowling line-up and his ability to bowl slower balls, Yorkers, and bouncers with pinpoint accuracy will test the Kiwi batsmen. Bumrah is the No.1 ranked ODI bowler in the ICC ratings.
Rohit Sharma– 647 runs, Avg. - 92, Strike rate – 99, HS - 140, 100s-5, 50s-1
Jasprit Bumrah – 17 wickets, Economy – 4.5 RPO, BB – 4/55
Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni (Wk), Dinesh Karthik/Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav/Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishab Pant
YS Chahal, Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, JJ Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya
Kane Williamson – Kiwi batting line-up depends heavily on their skipper and he has scored two centuries and a fifty so far. Kiwi Skipper will look to lead his team`s batting from the front in the all-important semi-finals.
Lockie Ferguson – Ferguson has the ability to bowl at speeds of 150+ kmph and he is taking wickets consistently in the middle over’s to stop the opposition from building partnerships. He has already taken 15 wickets so far in the tournament.
Kane Williamson - 481 runs, Avg. - 96, Strike rate – 78, HS -148, 100s-2, 50s -1
Lockie Ferguson – 17 wickets, Economy – 5 RPO, BB - 4/37
Kane Williamson(C), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (Wk), James Neesham, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee/Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner, Colin De Grandhomme
Trent Boult, Tom Latham, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, KS Williamson, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Mitchell Santner, James Neesham
Manchester pitch is a good batting track and batsmen will find it easier to score. Teams batting first have put over 300 runs in three of the five matches played here. We can expect scores in the range of 280-300 runs here. The weather on the match day looks clear and sunny with just 10% chances of rain as per the weather forecast.
Teams batting first have won all the five matches played here. Teams will look to bat first and put pressure on opposition batsmen in the run chase. Only 2 out of 10 matches have been won by chasing teams recently.
Team India has looked a very formidable side and is performing well in all aspects of the game. Kiwis lost their way in the latter stages of the tournament but they are a quality side with a lot of good players. Both India and New Zealand will play to their best and put an excellent show in the semi-finals. We expect Indian team to win this match and qualify for the World Cup Finals.