Monty Panesar backs India to win the ICC World Cup 2019 semi-finals against New Zealand

Former England spinner Monty Panesar feels that India are clear favorites to win the game against New Zealand and book a spot in the finals. Tap to read as to what he said
Monty Panesar backs India to win the ICC World Cup 2019 semi-finals against New ZealandMonty Panesar backs India to win the ICC World Cup 2019 semi-finals against New Zealand
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Table toppers India will clash against New Zealand in the first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford, Manchester on Tuesday. Former England spinner Monty Panesar believes that a lot will depend on the Indian top-order comprising of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. India finished the league stage with 15 points from 9 knockouts and booked a semi-final spot even before their final league game against Sri Lanka whereas New Zealand, who finished 4th with 11 points are on a downward spiral losing their final three group encounters.

Panesar said that India are clear favorites to win the game. For India, Rohit Sharma has been in sublime form scoring 647 runs from 8 games at an average of 92.43 while skipper Kohli has made 442 runs with half-centuries in almost every game. He is yet to score a big ton in this tournament and the semis might be the day where he might go on and get a big one.

Monty said," India are clear favorites to win, a lot will depend on Rohit, Rahul. Virat soon could play a huge role for India." He also wanted Team India to play both their spinners in the semis and adding that the team should bat first winning the toss. "I would suggest going with both Kuldeep and Chahal in the bowling attack and batting first is the way to go about it."

The league match between these sides got washed out without a single ball being bowled. In the warm-up game just before the tournament, New Zealand beat India convincingly. Overall, in World Cups India and New Zealand have clashed against other 7 times with the Kiwis emerging triumphs on 4 occasions.

Regarding the team composition, the Men in Blue would be tempted to play Ravindra Jadeja so as to lend more stability to the lower middle-order. Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Shami are also expected find a spot in the playing XI on Tuesday.

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

  

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