The ICC World Cup 2019 reaches its second phases because the four best teams of the tournament are ready to battle it out for the final. Pakistani fans might disagree as many of them are not seeing New Zealand as the best team but those things are now past.  The first semifinal of the World Cup is set to begin as India will take on New Zealand on July 9 at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.

India Vs New Zealand Match Preview: India is gearing up for final

The match between India and New Zealand washed out due to rain at the round-robin stage. So, this is the first meeting between them in this campaign. India will be full of confidence as they become the group champions while New Zealand will be a bit weak because they lost three straight matches before the semifinal. They’re also lucky to get through due to their better average.


The whole team is brimming with confidence. Their skipper Virat Kohli must be on cloud 9 after seeing his team’s magnificent performance. They became the group champions after a heavy win against Sri Lanka. They only lost in one game against England and they’ve won in every match with supreme command. Their top-order batsmen are in superb form and their pacers are doing a splendid job. Rohit Sharma is in form of his life as he is the top scorer of the tournament as well as the highest number of centuries. K L Rahul, Kohli, MS Dhoni all of them are playing so well and India is highly confidence ahead of the game. Their pacers are also in good form and they did a pretty good job in this tournament.

India is favorite to win the game
India is favorite to win the game

New Zealand

New Zealand has been hugely benefited by their fixture as they have faced weaker teams at the beginning of the campaign. Except for Bangladesh, all of their matches was easy and they overcame it with style. But, their weaknesses get exposed when they faced strong teams like Australia, Pakistan, England. They were unbeaten at once and lost three straight defeats after that. Except for Kane Williamson, none of their batsmen are in form. They can match India in bowling but their bowlers will face acid test against the world’s best batting lineup.

New Zealand is in a very tough situation after three straight defeats.
New Zealand is in a very tough situation after three straight defeats.

Weather Conditions

The match between India and New Zealand will happen in Emirates Stadium, Old Trafford. Weather forecasts say there will be a cloudy evening in there and there’s a possibility of a bit of rain.

Pitch Conditions

The pitch at Manchester is very good for batsmen and the large boundaries should help the spinners. Pacers can find it difficult to thrive in here.

Likely XI


  • Rohit Sharma,
  • K L Rahul,
  • Virat Kohli,
  • Rishabh Pant,
  • Hardik Pandya,
  • MS Dhoni,
  • Dinesh Karthik,
  • Ravindra Jadeja,
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar,
  • Kuldeep Yadav,
  • Jaspreet Bumrah

New Zealand

  • Martin Guptill,
  • James Neesham,
  • Kane Williamson,
  • Tom Latham,
  • Colin Munro,
  • Colin de Grandhomme,
  • Ross Taylor,
  • Tim Southee,
  • Trent Boult,
  • Matt Henry,
  • Lockie Ferguson

Injury Update

Shikhar Dhawan is still injured for India and K L Rahul will starts in his place.

New Zealand has no injury issues at all.

Match Prediction

The men in blue are definitely the hat favorite to win the game. New Zealand is totally unsettled after three straight defeat. If Indian opening pair and top-order can see off New Zealand’s pacers, India will walk in the park easily.

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