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The ICC World Cup 2019 semi-final lineup is set and the four best teams of the tournament have made it through. Fans of Pakistan might disagree with that since they ended up on the same points as New Zealand in the end and had actually beaten it in their head to head encounter but that is a discussion for another time.
The first semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019 is going to be played between India and New Zealand. India finished at the top of the table and lost just one game in its entire campaign. New Zealand finished fourth and was slightly lucky to have scraped through to the semi-final on the basis of net run-rate.
Interestingly, the only game that was washed out for both India and New Zealand was against each other. They played against each other in a warm-up game before the start of the actual World Cup 2019, a match that was won by New Zealand.
India comes into this match full of confidence with most of its players in form while New Zealand comes after three straight defeats in its last three matches.
India vs New Zealand ICC World Cup 2019 semi-final is going to be played at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.
Two solid wins after the defeat to England will help India be in a positive frame of mind when it plays against New Zealand. Virat Kohli has a few selection issues to sort out since a few old problems continue to follow him.
India’s top-order is in supreme form. Rohit Sharma has hit a record-breaking five centuries in this edition of the World Cup, including three in a row. Lokesh Rahul also managed to score a century and the pair did not leave much for the rest of the players to do.
India’s top-3 has been the best in the world for a long time and even though Shikhar Dhawan is out injured, Lokesh Rahul has filled that spot up quite well. All the teams playing India will see an opportunity to exploit after that top-3.
Rishab Pant is very young in his ODI career and can be quite unpredictable. MS Dhoni at number 5 is a waning force and Dinesh Karthik, the current number 6, is far from convincing also. Hardik Pandya has been promoted up the order to try and make an impact towards the end of the inning but his high-risk style of playing makes him a bit inconsistent too.
India’s batting is vulnerable to early wickets and that is probably why they start a bit slow. Against New Zealand, Trent Boult is going to be a big threat with the new ball. He swings the ball into the pads of the batsmen and has troubled Rohit Sharma in the past.
India’s batting has some big holes in it and will need its top-3 to carry it for two more matches.
The bowling is another story, though. Jasprit Bumrah is the most economical bowler still remaining in the tournament. He may not have taken the wickets that some of the bowlers have taken but his ability to dry up the runs is just breathtaking.
He is going to lead the attack with Mohammad Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Kuldeep Yadav. India may choose to play Bhuvaneshwar Kumar in this match is the conditions are a little overcast. An injury cloud hovered over Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja could play if Chahal does not recover in time.
Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, V Kohli, RR Pant, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, YS Chahal, JJ Bumrah.
New Zealand has benefitted from having its easiest matches at the start of the campaign. That allowed it to get the required number of wins under its belt and play the big matches without any pressure. New Zealand has not won a single game any of the other semi-finalists or even the fifth-placed team for that matter.
With three defeats in a row, New Zealand is definitely the team that the other teams wanted to face in the ICC World Cup 2019 semi-final.
New Zealand must approach this match with a fresh mind. Nothing that has gone before this match has any consequence and a good performance here could give them the chance to win their first World Cup title.
While India is going to be happy to be playing New Zealand, there is no doubt in our mind that New Zealand would also be happy to face India rather than Australia. The conditions are forecast to be overcast on match day and if New Zealand can get the chance to bowl first then it will have a real chance of getting through the Indian top-order.
If New Zealand has to win this match then we can’t help but think it has to be on the back of its bowling. Lockie Ferguson missed the last match but is expected to be back for this match. He has the extra pace to trouble the Indian batsmen.
Matt Henry has not been able to pick the wickets that he was getting at the start of the tournament but we think he going to be played ahead of Tim Southee none the less. Mitchell Santner and the two all-rounders are going to round out the bowling attack.
New Zealand’s batting is currently too dependent on Kane Williamson. He has scored 481 runs in the tournament while the second best in Ross Taylor with 261 runs. Martin Guptill and the other opening batsmen tried have been unsuccessful in setting up a platform for the team.
We think New Zealand might go back to Colin Munro in the semi-final instead of Henry Nicholls. Munro has the ability to make more of an impact and may be worth taking the risk over.
The best way for New Zealand to play this match is to attack. They have the batsmen to take the game to batsmen and bat around Kane Williamson. A lot of things need to go right in terms of weather conditions, player performance, and toss for New Zealand to be able to win this match.
Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, KS Williamson, Ross Taylor, TWM Latham, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, TA Boult.
The team winning the toss will want to bat first. We know that there are some overcast conditions around but this a high-pressure match and teams would like to avoid chasing.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
India vs New Zealand ICC World Cup 2019 semi-final is going to be played at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester on the 9th of July 2019. The weather forecast for match day is a bit mixed. Humidity is expected to be high and there are some clouds around for the most part. A couple of rain delays may also be seen, although, nothing that should cause a reduction in the match.
The pitch at Manchester is good for batting and the large boundaries should help the spinners bowl with freedom as well.
We have made the Dream11 team for India vs New Zealand ICC World Cup 2019 while trying to include as many big-match players as possible. The semi-final of the world cup is a big occasion and this is the time when the best players make their mark. Arivinda de Silva, Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, and MS Dhoni have played some of their best cricket during the end stages of the world cup. Our Dream11 picks for India vs New Zealand ICC World Cup 2019 are also based on the assumption of a good batting wicket and some overhead conditions to help the swing bowlers. Follow us on Twitter (@cricketbettings) to see the updated team after the toss.
Wicketkeeper: Rishab Pant bats at number four and has been in good touch as well. He is also available for just 8 points which makes him a very good pick in our opinion since it allows us to pick some expensive big-name players in the other categories.
Batsmen: This is where we have spent the bulk of our points quota. We have selected Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli, and Ross Taylor, and Lokesh Rahul, Henry Nicholls are all in our team for this match. Rohit Sharma is just in terrific form and has to be picked. We would advise against picking him as captain since that is going to be the obvious move. Manchester is a good batting pitch and these players are going to be leading the attack for their teams. At least two and possibly more out of these batsmen should be able to make a significant contribution in this match.
All-rounders: We now have room for just one all-rounder and have picked Hardik Pandya in our team. Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme are also good options but Pandya has been bowling more regularly than the others and is also in good batting form.
Bowlers: Swinging conditions could mean that the threat posed by Trent Boult and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar is doubled. We have picked those and Kuldeep Yadav to round out our team. All three bowlers are genuine wicket-takers and can get a lot of Dream11 points on their day.
Captain and Vice-Captain: We have picked Virat Kohli as captain and Kane WIlliamson as vice-captain for this match.
India won the last series it played against New Zealand in New Zealand with ease. That was a series where the two wrist-spinners for India dominated the proceedings. We think India is going to go in with a similar plan and should be able to come away with a similar result. Better current form, better bowlers, and better batsmen all give the advantage to India.
Bet on India to win.
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