Oh What A Game It Was! Ro-Hitman Sharma or shall we call Ro-Record Sharma, the Indian Vice-Captain went onto hit his 5th century of the Cricket World Cup 2019 and 6th overall in the Cricket World Cup History then KL.Rahul hit his 1st century before that a great effort by Indian bowlers ensured that team chase the score easily. While the opposition was stunned, the Indian Team applauded Lasith Malinga for a great ODI career. But with less than 48 hours left for the D-Day i.e. Semi-Final 1 lets compare the two teams. India looks well balanced in all the departments while New Zealand has a lot to think about i.e. there opener’s, middle-order & sloppy fielding. On, comparing both India edges New Zealand out but it’s a World Cup you can’t rule any team out so easily. So, lets hope the rain stays away, both the semi-finals & final have reserve days but the semi-final 1 has a rare chance of having a full game on both actual & reserve day. So, hope for the best, when these two giants meet.
Pitch- The match will be played at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester. The pitch usually here assists spinners more & is likely to do same in the 1st Semi-Final.
Weather- A rainy day with a high of 18 degree celsius and a low of 15 degree celsius is expected.
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Time- 3:00 PM IST; Date- 9 July 2019
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Head-to-Head- Ind 3-4 Nz
Total games played= 8
Last Played in 2003, which New Zealand won by 7 wickets.
Broadcast- The match will be Broadcasted Live on Star Sports & Hotstar in English, Hindi & Regional Languages along with Select Dugout.
India- After superb bowling and twin centuries from openers, India looks more than ready to take on New Zealand. The team is likely to being back Chahal in-place of Kuldeep and also Kedar Jadhav is almost confirmed to replace Dinesh Karthik to add one more bowling option with Jadeja retaining his place.
This will be MS.Dhoni’s 350th ODI.
Playing XI- Rohit Sharma, KL.Rahul, Virat Kohli(C), R.Pant, Ms.Dhoni(Wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, R.Jadeja, J.Bumrah, Y.Chahal, B.Kumar
New Zealand- After losing to England in bad fashion, the Kiwis are likely to bring back Ferguson in-place of Southee who went for lot of runs.
Playing XI- Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult