Date & Time: Tuesday, 9th July, 3:00 PM IST
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
If India has Mohammed Shami as the highest wicket-taker at 20 wickets, then NZ has Tim Southee who is also the highest wicket-taker against India at 26 wickets. Both sides seem equally merited. The first semi-final match of the World Cup 2019 is being played at the Old Trafford, Manchester and will be telecast today, 3:00 PM IST onwards. Stay glued to see who wins!
There are a lot of expectations from the men in blue and they are also one of the favorite teams. They have been champions previously in 1983 and 2011. And then there is Virat Kohli who is also the highest run-getter overall against NZ at 1,302 runs and 5 tons. Yet, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s midway tournament injury has left the captain thinking about batting depths. There are some worrisome middle order uncertainties as well. Dinesh Karthik is likely to be seen at no.7 and Jadeja might flex his wrists coming in at no.8.
Probable Playing XI
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja/Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
Unfortunately, for New Zealand, there are still three underperforming openers, especially with Henry Nicholls preceding 0 and 8 out of two innings. After being rested, Lockie Ferguson may return to the XI even as Nicholls will most likely stay where he is. With Bumrah already having sized up Colin Munro, New Zealand may look for a re-jig of their lineup. Which means, Nicholls takes the middle and Tom Latham moves up to the top?
Probable Playing XI
Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls/Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
The day is expected to remain partly cloudy and spotty showers are expected although chances of heavy rain are not cited. In the event the game is interrupted due to showers, the game is expected to recommence, from where it stopped, on the reserve day or the next day. The pitch is new, which is good for the batsmen, which also means it favors the teams batting first. Generally, it should hold well for batting especially the caramel tinge in the center wicket.
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