Now, it all depends on your performance on a single day. Keep aside all your past merits and laurels. Like Rohit Sharma said, he doesn’t have 5 hundreds in the ICC 2019 World Cup. He has 0. That’s the approach that every team will follow now as we have reached the semi-final stage of this massive global tournament, one that takes place once in only every 4 years. The countdown begins as India take on New Zealand in Semi Final 1 of CWC 2019.
When you look at the points table, you see India having won 7 of their 9 games and having lost just a single game while New Zealand scraped through to the semi-finals, winning 5 of their 9 games and more importantly, they are low on confidence with three consecutive losses after initially being unbeaten for their first 6 games. All that is behind us now. Both teams are equal today and you can keep reading for our Nostragamus (sign-up with “READSCOOPS” for Rs.100 FREE) fantasy tips and predictions of the IND vs NZ match…
- Tournament: 2019 ICC World Cup.
- Date: 9th July 2019, 3:00pm IST
- Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.
- Capacity: 19,000+
- Series status: Semi Final 1.
Form (recent first)
- IND: W W L W W
- NZ: L L L W W
- 5 CWC 2019 matches here and ALL have been won batting first.
- India have won 5 of their 10 previous ODIs here.
- New Zealand have won 2 of their 7 previous ODIs here.
- Kane Williamson in his only previous ODI here – 148 runs.
- Jasprit Bumrah/Lockie Ferguson – 17 wickets each in CWC 2019.
You realize how important it is for Virat Kohli to win the toss when you see that massive stat for teams batting first here. The Indian top order has done well here in CWC 2019 with all of Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul scoring 100+ runs in 2 innings each here. Rahul’s century in the last game was a major boost to Team India and for fantasy players, it becomes a cheaper option over someone like Sharma, who is very expensive given his 5 centuries in this tournament. Let’s not forget a record-breaking 647 runs!
We’re expecting a few changes in the Indian line-up. The first change is bringing back Mohammed Shami and Yuzvendra Chahal, both of whom were rested in the last game. With Kuldeep not getting the desired results so far in the tournament, we may see him being rested while Jaddu may retain his place. However, we have to wait and see whether India plays 3 of 4 pacers. Kedar Jadhav is also expected to come in for Dinesh Karthik.
Kane Williamson has been the whole and soul of the NZ batting order, especially with the openers failing miserably. Williamson has 481 runs in CWC 2019 while the next best Kiwi tally is 261 runs in 8 games. Martin Guptill has only got 166 runs in 8 games while his new opening partner Henry Nicholls has 8 runs in 2 games. Colin Munro is expected to stay out for another chance to Nicholls, but you can skip both these openers from your Nostragamus (sign-up with “READSCOOPS” for Rs.100 FREE) fantasy picks.
With the ball, Trent Boult has been fantastic with 15 wickets while Lockie Ferguson has been absolutely exceptional. His return after missing the last game due to injury is the biggest boost for New Zealand. One person you can’t skip from your fantasy team today is James Neesham, who has contributed big time, with 201 runs and more importantly, 11 wickets so far. Tom Latham’s 57 in the last game would’ve given him confidence; considering he has done well against India in the past, he could be a worthy pick today.
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