ICC World Cup 2019 India vs New Zealand 1st Semi-Final Prediction: Team India Starts As Clear Favourites

Umesh Kherajani
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ICC World Cup 2019 India vs New Zealand 1st Semi-Final Prediction

ICC World Cup 2019 India vs New Zealand 1st semi-final prediction: India will take on New Zealand in the first semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019 in Manchester on Tuesday.

Team India will face Black Caps in the all-important first semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019 on July 9 with an aim to cement their place in the title-clash at Lord’s on Sunday.

Lead by Virat Kohli, Team India is in top form having won 7 out of their 9 league matches. While the league match against New Zealand was washed out, India’s only loss came against England.

Kiwis, on the other hand, were unstoppable in the first round of the league stage having won 5 out of their 6 matches. However, they lost their final three league matches against Pakistan, Australia and England.

Team India starts as clear favourites in this match. Here’s a look at some key-stats to support our point:

1) Out of 106 matches played between the two teams, Team India won 55 while Black Caps had 45 wins to their name. However, New Zealand have a better record in the world cup matches. The Black Caps have a 4-3 record against team India in World Cups, with one ending in a tie.

2) At this venue, India have won 5 out of 7 world cup matches. They won both the matches they played at Old Trafford in World Cup 2019. Team India have won last 5 matches in Manchester, losing only twice in 1975 and 1979.  Talking about Black Caps, they have a 2-2 record at this venue.

3) New Zealand have reached the semifinal for the record eighth time in the World Cup. However, the Kiwis managed to make it to finals only once, when they beat South Africa in 2015. Team India, on the other hand, will be playing their seventh semi-final. India have a 3-3 win-loss record in the semis.

India starts as big favourites against New Zealand. However, Virat Kohli and team just take things for granted. The match will be played on a new pitch which is good news for the batsmen.

Toss will play an important role in this high-pressure match. With chances of rain in the evening, the team winning the toss would love to bat first.

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