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India vs New Zealand – ICC World Cup 2019 1st Semi Final Match – Key Players and battles to watch out for

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While analysts are busy making the India vs New Zealand semi final prediction, experts are still going by several predominant factors that promise to make the semi final India vs New Zealand a thrilling affair! The India vs New Zealand semi final date is on Tuesday, the 9th of July, 2019.

The India vs New Zealand semi final 2019 should be a heady battle between both teams and this will be heightened by the fact that both teams could not play their league game this time against each other due to the match being washed out by heavy rains.

India vs New Zealand World Cup History: Head to Head record

Before the India vs New Zealand world cup semi final 2019 gets underway, it is a must to check out the world cup and other records from a head-to-head perspective. India has played 106 one day international matches against New Zealand, winning 55 matches while New Zealand has managed to win a total of 45 matches. 6 matches have been no-result games.

The India vs New Zealand world cup history is more telling. They have played 8 times against each other in the premier tournament. New Zealand has won 4 games while India has won 3. One match has been abandoned. This puts it pretty evenly for both teams.

Team India Advantages

Of course, the team is playing well and is in rhythm. The pace troika of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are in fine nick throughout the tournament while Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal/Ravindra Jadeja can be highly effective as well. Hardik Pandya is close to his best while Rishabh Pant adds more solidity to the Indian middle order. KL Rahul has got back in good form with a century while Rohit Sharma has scored a record 5 centuries in this World Cup. Captain Virat Kohli, of course, continues to be in fine fettle.

Team New Zealand Advantages

Kane Williamson is arguably the biggest strength of the New Zealand batting. He can bring in that much needed reliability, particularly while finishing games and will have Ross Taylor for company. They will be solidly backed up by Colin Munro who can give a great start while Mitchell Santner and Martin Guptill are other members who can give anyone a run for their money when in good nick. The bowling looks sorted with Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson forming a deadly combination.

India vs New Zealand – Key Battles to watch out for

Rohit Sharma vs. Trent Boult- Boult is his country’s number one pace and swing sensation at the moment. He will be looking to use his experience to get Rohit Sharma out quickly. Sharma, on the other hand, will be looking to score big as he has been doing all throughout the 2019 ICC World Cup.

Virat Kohli vs. Tim Southee– Southee will aim for early wickets and once captain Kohli is in, it will be a riveting battle by all means. Expect this one to occupy your mindframe for a substantial duration.

Kane Williamson vs. Jasprit Bumrah- Bumrah may be brought back in the middle overs to take on arguably New Zealand’s finest batsman. Williamson or Bumrah- who will have the last laugh? It remains to be seen!

Hardik Pandya vs. Mitchell Santner- Santner and Pandya will go hammer and tongs against each other, making this another vital contest.

Martin Guptill vs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar- Guptill likes to go big and if Bhuvneshwar plays, he will aim to outsmart Guptill with his guile. This is another contest worth waiting for!

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