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In the heart of Mumbai’s iconic Wankhede Stadium, an electric atmosphere is building as India gears up to face New Zealand in the ‘India vs New Zealand World Cup 2023 Semi Final’. The stakes are high, the excitement palpable, and the echoes of the 2019 semi-final defeat against the Kiwis still fresh in the minds of cricket enthusiasts.
World Cup 2023: India’s Dominance in the Tournament
India has been nothing short of formidable throughout the tournament, displaying a level of cricket that seems a cut above the rest. The astounding 11-0 record they’ve amassed so far makes them the team to beat. Yet, as the cricketing world knows, New Zealand has the potential to be a formidable opponent, promising a thrilling encounter at Wankhede.
World Cup 2019 Semi Final: A Shot at Redemption
Beyond the quest for World Cup glory, there’s a fan-constructed subplot that adds an extra layer of intensity to this semi-final clash – India’s mission to avenge the heart-wrenching defeat suffered in the 2019 World Cup semi-final. The haunting memories of failing to chase 240 runs in Manchester still linger, especially the image of MS Dhoni’s run-out following Ravindra Jadeja’s valiant 77. This time, the Indian team is hungry for redemption.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Cracking the Knockout Code
For all their dominance in the league stages, India’s Achilles’ heel has been the knockout matches. The elusive ICC title has been out of their grasp for over a decade, and those infamous “45 minutes of bad cricket” have haunted them. From World Cups to Test Championship finals and T20 World Cup semi-finals, India has faced setbacks, and the semi-final against New Zealand is an opportunity to break free from this pattern.
India Vs New Zealand in ODI and Test Cricket Stats
India Vs New Zealand in World Cup Stats
Both teams have clashed 9 times in ICC World Cup history before this years tournament, New Zealand clearly dominated with 5 wins, whereas India managed only 3 wins, one match was abandoned.
India Vs New Zealand ODI Stats
Both teams have played 116 ODI matches in the past. India managed to win 58 matches, whereas New Zealand have won 50.
In the World Test Championship final, and India’s record doesn’t make for good reading.
Rohit Sharma Acknowledges the Challenge
“Yeah, look, I mean, overall, whenever we’ve come up against New Zealand, obviously, probably the most disciplined team in terms of how they want to play the game. And they play their cricket very smartly. They understand the opposition quite well.,” Rohit Sharma said, talking up the meticulous side that New Zealand is.
The BlackCaps haven’t played their best cricket consistently in World Cup 2023, but overcame a similar wobbly run in 2019 before outclassing India.
New Zealand know how to start afresh and do the homework right before executing their plans on the field.
India vs New Zealand World Cup 2023 Semi Final: Team News and Probable Lineups
With upcoming India vs New Zealand World Cup 2023 Semi Final, both teams are likely to stick with their winning combinations. Lockie Ferguson’s fitness concern for New Zealand seems manageable, and India is expected to field the same XI that has been consistent since their fifth league game against New Zealand in Dharamsala.
India: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.
New Zealand: Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson (capt), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (wk), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.
Pitch and Conditions
Wankhede Stadium promises an exciting contest between bat and ball. The pitch favors batsmen in the first innings, with the quicks wreaking havoc in the in-between period. The weather forecast is favorable, and there’s a reserve day in case the cricket gods decide to intervene.
Stats and Trivia
- India boasts the best bowling stats in the tournament, leading in wickets, economy rate, average, and strike rate.
- The battle between Tim Southee and Virat Kohli promises to be entertaining, with Southee having dismissed Kohli six times but conceding runs at a brisk rate.
- New Zealand has displayed an effective run rate in the World Cup, ranking among the highest among all teams.
- The opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill has a stellar average, second only to David Warner and Travis Head among pairs with over 1000 runs in ODIs.
As the anticipation reaches a fever pitch, cricket enthusiasts around the world eagerly await the showdown at Wankhede – a clash of titans that will unfold in the India vs New Zealand World Cup 2023 semi final.
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