India vs New Zealand, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Match prediction

India vs New Zealand Semifinal: The team that handles their pressure better in a big game will be the winners
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Australia's loss to South Africa in the last league game of the World Cup 2019 has ensured that India will face New Zealand in the first-semi finals on Tuesday at Manchester. The Men in Blue are the in-form team, with seven wins from eight games thus far in the competition. Their clash against New Zealand in the league stage was washed out due to rain. 

The Kiwis, on the other hand, are coming into this game on the back of three losses, and will find it tough to get back their momentum against a threatening Indian side. However, they can take heart from the fact that they defeated Virat Kohli's men in the warm-ups before the tournament started. 

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On paper, however, it is India who are the favourites. India's batting will once again revolve around Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli - the two reliable batters for the side. The  Kiwis, on the other hand, have been struggling with their openers yet to get going. In Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, though, they have two of the most reliable batters, and the onus will be on them to give their team a good platform. India's middle-order does look iffy, while New Zealand have threatening all-rounders in James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner. Hence, while India triumph in the battle between the top-orders, New Zealand have the upper hand when it comes to more might in the lower middle order. 

Both sides seem to be evenly matched when it comes to the fast bowling department. Jasprit Bumrah is the best bowler in the world, and has 17 wickets, while Trent Boult has 15 to his name. The duo have been aided by Mohammed Shami and Lockie Ferguson, respectively, and they will be eager to make use of the conditions. 

However, in a big game, the ability to handle pressure is what it comes down to. While the Kiwis are yet to win a World Cup, the Indians have been in this type of pressure situation many a times and seem the better team to handle the scrutiny. For this reason, they are the favourites.

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