India vs New Zealand ICC World Cup 2019 Match Preview: Venue, Telecast, Form Guide, Head to Head and more

Virat Kohli and his men will take on New Zealand in the first semifinal of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Though India are favorites going into this game, the overcast conditions and New Zealand bowlers might tilt it in their favor
India vs New Zealand ICC World Cup 2019 Match Preview: Venue, Telecast, Form Guide, Head to Head and moreIndia vs New Zealand ICC World Cup 2019 Match Preview: Venue, Telecast, Form Guide, Head to Head and more
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Table toppers India will take on New Zealand in the first semifinal of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. India go into this game as favorites but with New Zealand's seam attack and possible overcast conditions, an off day for the top order would mean curtains for Virat Kohli and his men.

For India, Rohit Sharma has been in sublime form throughout the tournament scoring 647 runs from 8 games at an average of 92.43 including five centuries. The skipper too has led from the front and has scored 442 runs with half-centuries in almost every game. While the top order has delivered the goods most of the time, the major area of concern for the think-tank would be the inability of the middle-order to score runs who have never looked settled right throughout the tournament. Constant chopping and changing has also never helped. The Men in Blue would expect MS Dhoni and co to fire in unison in the middle overs and put pressure on the New Zealand side, who are on a downward spiral during their last three group encounters.

Meanwhile, New Zealand's batting hopes will rest upon skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor to deliver the goods and help them book a place in the finals at Lord's. Skipper Williamson finds himself at sixth position in the highest run-getters list with 481 runs from 8 games. On the bowling front, Lockie Ferguson has brilliant in this tournament and has picked up 17 wickets from 7 games at an average of 18.59.

 In a crucial match such as this, the side which captures the crucial situations will emerge triumphs and India are well accustomed to do so.

Match Details:

Venue: Old Trafford, Machester

Time: The match will begin at 15.00 HRS IST and the toss will happen at 14.30 HRS IST.

Telecast details: The match will be telecast on the Star Sports Network and will be live streamed on Hotstar.

Squads:

India: Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni(wk), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Dinesh Karthik and Ravindra Jadeja.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Henry Nicholls, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi and Tom Blundell

Form Guide:

India: Won, Won, Lost, Won, Won

New Zealand: Lost, Lost, Won, Won

Head to Head Stats:

In ODIs: Played-106, India-55, Lost-45, Tied-1, No Result-5

Previous encounter: India beat New Zealand by 5 wickets at Wellington on 3rd Feb 2019.

In World Cups: Played-8, New Zealand-4, India-3, No Result-1

Previous encounter: Match abandoned due to rain on 13th June 2019.

At this venue:

Highest total: 397 for 6 by England against Afghanistan on 18th Jun 2019.

Lowest total: 45 by Canada against England on 13th Jun 1979.

Avg first innings score: 225

Avg second innings score: 197

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