India vs New Zealand: Men in Blue are all set to take on New Zealand in the first semi-final clash of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, here on Tuesday. After the group stage match of India vs New Zealand washed out, there is still the forecast of showers at Old Trafford in Manchester. Though ICC has announced the Reserve Day for Semi-finals and Final, it is forecasts that if it rains on Tuesday, then it will rain on the Reserve Day as well, which means India will directly qualify on the basis of points in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 points table.
Well, ahead of India vs New Zealand, the first semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, the match has some interesting facts as well. Indian Skipper Virat Kohli and New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson met each other 2008 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Semi-final, where both Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson were the captains of their respected teams. Though Virat Kohli led Indian team defeated Kane Williamson led Kiwis Under-19 team back then, it is not going to be that easy for both the captains this time.
Alo, New Zealand as per records, have won just one World Cup semifinals, out of their seven matches played in Semi-final. On the other hand, India have slightly better record as they won three from their six trips in a Semi-finals. Well, for New Zealand the threat will be Rohit Sharma, who has batted in a PowerPlay at the strike-rate of 74.04 since ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. In this World Cup 2019, Hitman is upped with the strike rate of 95.77 after Shikhar Dhawan’s injury in this edition.
While for Virat Kohli-led Team India, Trent Boult is a major threat as he has taken more wickets while playing against India in ODI cricket than any other bowler since ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Trent Boult has taken 22 wickets out of the 12 games played at an average of 24.9.