India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019: Gary Stead states that India will be under pressure in the semis

New Zealand head coach believes that playing without any pressure will work in favour of the Black Caps in the semis against India
India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019: Gary Stead states that India will be under pressure in the semisIndia vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019: Gary Stead states that India will be under pressure in the semis
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New Zealand coach Gary Stead is delighted that India, and not New Zealand, are the favourites for the first semi-final of the World Cup 2019, that will be held on Tuesday at Manchester. 

The Kiwis, after three successive losses, just barely made it into the top-four. They were tied with Pakistan on points, but limped through due to a superior Net Run Rate. India, on the other hand, after just one loss in eight games, topped the points table. 

Stead stated that India will be under more pressure, as the weight of the expectations from a cricket-crazy country might work against them. New Zealand, on the other hand, are touted as the weakest team in the top-four, with Indians fans celebrating the fact that they will play New Zealand and not England in the semis. 

"I hope everyone thinks that," Stead told Newshub. "We're not spending a lot of time worrying about what other people are thinking, and whether we should be here or not.

"People aren't expecting us to win and from my point of view, that's a good place to be in, because if that's the case, we can go out there and hopefully play with some real freedom. 

"The level of expectation is more on India than it is on New Zealand."

"People aren't expecting us to win and from my point of view, that's a good place to be in, because if that's the case, we can go out there and hopefully play with some real freedom. 

"When you get to this stage of the tournament, I mean, sometimes pressure can do funny things on people as well. If we can play well and we can apply enough pressure, then you never know what might happen."

However, New Zealand's coach does admit that their batting has been a big letdown, and in a crucial game, the batters will have to rise to the occasion. 

"Our batting is probably an area we've struggled more at throughout this tournament," Stead said.

"There's no room for not being right at the top of your game and for some of our guys, we've struggled a wee bit. 

"But we are first to put our hands up and admit that, and other guys have stood up in their places and still got us over the line when it's counted. 

"People go through form slumps and heights and that all the time. 

Yes, [Guptill] has had a tough tournament, but there's nothing from my point of view that suggests that's going to continue for a long period of time. He might have 100 in him at the next game."

 

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