Daniel Vettori feels that New Zealand could 'upset' India in semis of World Cup 2019

Former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori did admit that his side were the underdogs against India in the semis of the World Cup 2019, but stated that a good start with either bat or ball would give them the advantage.
Daniel Vettori feels that New Zealand could 'upset' India in semis of World Cup 2019Daniel Vettori feels that New Zealand could 'upset' India in semis of World Cup 2019
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New Zealand have the skills to defeat favourites India in Tuesday's semi-final of the World Cup 2019 if they get off to a good start, feels former Kiwi skipper Daniel Vettori. 

After a good start in the edition, the Black Caps faltered as the semi-finals approached, losing three successive games on the trot. They made it into the top four despite being tied on points with Pakistan on the basis of a superior Net Run Rate. 

India, on the other hand, finished on top of the table. 

The New Zealand team are the underdogs, but Vettori stated that anything is possible if the team got off to a good start. "A three-match losing streak can evaporate pretty quickly with a great 10 overs at the start. If New Zealand get off to a great start, with bat or ball, the streak will soon be forgotten."

He also went on to write in his column for the ICC that out-of-form opener Martin Guptill, who has made only 166 runs thus far, has what it takes to put his poor form behind him and play a crucial knock here. 

“He has done it before so many times, and knowing him as I do, I am sure he can turn it around again and very quickly it will become a different story,” he added.

“Don’t forget he actually started this tournament pretty well with an unbeaten half-century against Sri Lanka, so he doesn’t have to look back all that far for the proof of what he can still do at this level.”

He went on to reveal some tactics that his side could follow in the semis against a dangerous bowling attack, led by the world's best bowler Jasprit Bumrah. 

“New Zealand have got all the ingredients in place to put on a big total. I know they haven’t done it yet. The Black Caps have the plan in place to post something big, it just all needs to come together at the right time.”

Attacking in the opening 10 overs with the ball was also paramount, he wrote, even if India were the best side at assessing conditions and adjusting their batting accordingly. “They will have to be aggressive right from the outset and bowl to take wickets. If you take early wickets and can get at that Indian middle-order then you have a chance."

“The key will be Trent Boult, he knows these Indian batsmen extremely well at this point. They have to stay aggressive, bowl to get wickets and let Trent work his magic at the start, in the middle and at the death.”

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