ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 India vs New Zealand semifinal match preview

Match Overview: India vs New Zealand

    • Who: India vs New Zealand (live coverage)
    • When: Wednesday, November 15, 2 pm (08:30 GMT)
    • Where: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India

Team India:

    • Coach Rahul Dravid emphasizes the pressure in the World Cup semifinal against New Zealand.
    • India enters the match with a perfectly played nine, won nine record.
    • Star batter Virat Kohli leads the tournament with 594 runs.
    • Rohit Sharma’s leadership at Wankhede Stadium was highlighted as a key factor.
    • Bowling strength includes Bumrah, Siraj, Shami, Jadeja, and Kuldeep.
    • Hardik Pandya’s injury led to Shami’s impactful return with 16 wickets at an average of under 10.

Rohit Sharma’s Impact:

    • Rohit’s batting has been crucial; his aggressive play sets the tone.
    • Dravid acknowledges Rohit’s leadership, stating he has “cracked open” games.
    • Rohit expresses a focus on the “pure business” of winning the match for the team.

Team New Zealand:

    • Despite losing four group games, New Zealand reached the semifinals with confidence.
    • Captain Kane Williamson anticipates a tough challenge against India.
    • Proven pace trio of Boult, Southee, and Ferguson, along with left-arm spinner Santner.

Rising star Rachin Ravindra, with three hundred, adds strength to the batting lineup.

Form and Head-to-Head:

      • India’s unbeaten run at home: W W W W W
      • New Zealand’s resurgence after a mid-tournament blip, seeking to build on a big win over Sri Lanka.
      • Head-to-head: New Zealand holds a slight edge in World Cup meetings (5 wins to India’s 4).

Predicted XIs:

    • India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj
    • New Zealand: Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson (c), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

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