Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions - ICC Cricket World Cup - India v New Zealand 1st semi-final - PrePlay
The first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played between India and New Zealand at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
All four teams in the semis are among the best in international cricket and anyone can beat anyone on their day, but going on current form, India will fancy their chances to get the better of New Zealand, who have lost form at the most crucial phase.
The Black Caps have lost each of their last three encounters against Pakistan, Australia and England. Their defeats against Australia and England were one-sided affairs which will further give India the belief of coming out victorious.
On the other hand, India have won all but two of their group stage matches. One of their games against New Zealand was washed out, while England got the better of them in their only loss.
Both teams have met a total of 106 times in ODIs, out of which India have won 55 and New Zealand have won 45. Their last bilateral series was just a few months before the World Cup in which India beat the Black Caps 4-1. In their last five matches, India have won four and lost one, while New Zealand have lost three and won two.
India are likely to bring in Mohammed Shami and Yuzvendra Chahal in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav respectively. The only change that New Zealand are likely to make is to replace Tim Southee with Lockie Ferguson.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
India- KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Risabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami
New Zealand- Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - New Zealand
Who will win? – India
Most Sixes – Colin de Grandhomme (New Zealand), Rohit Sharma (India)
Man of the Match – Rohit Sharma
Team Scores Batting first – New Zealand 270+, India 320+
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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