The first semi final teams: A journey for India and New Zealand in ICC World Cup 2019

July 7, 2019

It is by far a great tournament of world cup which kept the teams crossing their fingers till the last ball of the league stage bowled.

Australia remained on the top of the table for long time and they were expected to carry out the same performance over the low confident team of South Africa, but South Africa played really well in their last match with ’Nothing to lose’ situation. With the loss of Australia, India sealed the first spot in the league table and entered into semis to play against the uncertain side of New Zealand at Manchester. India has also won a match against Sri Lanka in a more or less one sided game, with all the departments coming well together. Remember, both the teams were the last two to get beaten in the world cup at league stage.

Talking about New Zealand, what a fantastic start they have got by defeating Sri Lanka with 10 wickets in hand and almost 34 overs remaining. They have put themselves as a strong contender to win the world cup alongside India, England and Australia. They have shown solid confidence by gaining high run rate in their first match. They kept going with the win against Bangladesh, Afghanistan, South Africa and West Indies till the time they met Pakistan in Birmingham who gave a taste of defeat to New Zealand for the first time in World cup 2019. This has put a break on New Zealand’s winning streak and they lost to Australia and England respectively after this defeat, but the initial winning and high run rate allowed them to enter in to semis at number 4. Its a decline for the team who started as number 1 and got down to number 4. They really have to work hard on their mistakes in last 3 games to defeat the high confident Indian side.

On the other hand, India was the last team to get defeated at league stage. They started their journey to semis very late by playing their first match against South Africa, who were looking dangerous at the start before they hit lot of injury concerns. India defeated South Africa by 6 wickets and 15 balls in hand to put the strong case to win the World Cup 2019. They kept going and won the matches against Australia and Pakistan but when they met Afghanistan, they started getting some hiccups and struggled to win that match. They are also one team who faced injuries in the form of Shikhar Dhawan who was hero of second match, Vijay Shankar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, but they never felt they are on back foot with the strong players on bench to come in. India remained unbeaten till they played against England in Birmingham where they fall short of 31 runs to win the match. They made a good come back with their easy wins over Bangladesh and Sri Lanka after the defeat against which shows their strong characteristic against any team.

As both the teams will be meeting for the first time in this World Cup 2019 due to washed out league match, it will be great to see how they play with each other and who will make it to the finals at the home of cricket Lord’s Cricket Ground. India will certainly go as favorites as they are on top of the table and have strong batting and bowling departments. They have many in-form players hungry to get the match and show their class, while New Zealand is struggling a bit with their batting department. It is going to be great contest and you can not predict anything in cricket when the teams are playing under pressure to win at knockout stage. The league matches were unpredictable at times and any team if plays well, can win the match.

For a cricket fan, it is going to be a great game of cricket and hope it will be played by both the teams to match the standards of semi final!