The 1st semi-final of the ICC World Cup will be played between India and New-Zealand at Manchester on Tuesday (July 9). Both the sides are eager to go through the final of the world cup.
One more interesting fact about today’s match is, 11 years ago, Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson had met in the semifinal round of the U-19 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur. In fact, among other present players, Ravindra Jadeja, Trent Boult, and Tim Southee were also part of the fixture.
Earlier in world cup 2019, India and New Zealand were to meet in the semi-finals since their league clash was washed out due to rain. However, the rain gods will make their presence known as the first semi-final of the 2019 World Cup in Manchester is expected to have overcast conditions and might have a delayed start.
India and New Zealand have faced each other in seven matches so far since 1975, but the eight encounter this year was washed out due to rain. However, in the World Cup encounters so far, the Kiwis have an upper hand
India: Virat Kohli (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Tom Blundell (wk), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham
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