India and New Zealand are set to lock horns at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday (July 9). Also, the light rain has been predicted for the much-awaited semi-final clash with India thoroughly enjoying their show at the ICC World Cup 2019. Before shedding light on the match prediction, there is plenty to address.
For India, Rohit Sharma has been remarkable with the bat. Also, KL Rahul has equally contributed with the bat by scoring according to the situation. The right-handed batsman Rohit has accumulated 647 runs at an average of 92.43. He has slammed five tons at the ongoing World Cup.
In the bowling, Jasprit Bumrah is third on the list of most wicket-takers with 17 wickets in eight matches.
Earlier, India had suffered only defeat in the league stage fixture which came against hosts England on June 30. However, they had returned stronger to thump Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
On the other side, the Black Caps went on to lose the last three matches ahead of the 1st semi-final.
Kane Williamson had led from the front by scoring the bulk of runs. Besides, Lockie Ferguson has done exceedingly well to snare 17 wickets before missing a crucial game against England.
All in all, it is going to be an enticing battle given to the availability of marquee players in both line-ups.
India finished on the top of team standings with 15 points in nine matches, whereas Kiwis had claimed 11 points in as many games to make its name based on better run-rate.
Overall, India has played as a unit to crush opponents despite Afghanistan giving a scare to the World No. 1 ODI side.
On the other hand, Kiwis had faltered following a good start at the tournament. However, they would be relying on their prominent faces to put up a good fight against India.
India vs New Zealand, Old Trafford – Match Prediction:
Despite spinners looking bit off-colour on the friendly conditions, of late, the Men in Blue skipper Kohli has backed their players to put up a grand show. As of now, only the middle-order has been a cause of concern for India. However, their top-order has done a remarkable job by scoring runs against most of the opponents.
With India winning against most of the opponents, they’re highly likely they will seal the clash. On the other side, Kiwis could give a tough time to the Men in Blue.
The team winning the toss would decide to bat first given to the slowish nature of the surface. However, both teams will get a fresh strip for the semi-final, but the pressure of chasing will also have an impact.
In conclusion, we could expect a first innings total of 315-plus in Manchester.