PRE MATCH DISCUSSION BETWEEN INDIA AND NEW ZEALAND
Today is 9th July 2019 the day of first ICC world cup semi-final which is going to play between India and New Zealand at Old Trafford Stadium, England. Both the teams have performed quite well to reach this stage of ICC Cricket World Cup Semi Final. Toss will play a very key role in the outcome of the game.
If we discuss the journey of the New Zealand cricket team to the world cup semi-final, we will see that at the initial stage of their games, they played very well. Their level of the game was up to the mark. They had a close encounter with the West Indian cricket team. Although they had taken all the important wickets of the West Indian top and middle order.
The required run rate had gone very high to achieve. West had to play with its tale enders to bat at the wicket. New Zealand played their first game of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against Sri Lanka. Team New Zealand had an early grip over the match and take all the top order and middle order wickets very early because they restricted Sri Lanka to 136 runs and won the game by 10 wickets with ease.
New Zealand played their 2nd game against Bangladesh. It was a good game because Bangladesh had a good start with the bat. New Zealand restricted Bangladesh at 244 runs. It was a very competitive score because Bangladesh loses a couple of wickets through the innings.
Due to the lack of big partnerships, they were restricted under 250 runs. Still, it was a very sticky total. The team New Zealand had a good start but through the innings, they lose their some key batsmen. Team New Zealand manages to win by 2 wickets margin in the close overs. New Zealand played their next game against Afghanistan which proves very easy for New Zealand in the end.
Discussion on New Zealand vs India match
New Zealand win by 7 wickets with many balls to spare. Next game was to be played against India but due to high rain all day, the occurrence of the match could not possible. One point to each team was given as compensation. New Zealand played their next game against South Africa.
It was a crucial game for both the teams because both of them were in good form. New Zealand had some wickets early in the game. They won by 4 wickets quite easily and play their next game against West Indies. The New Zealand lost early wickets and there was extreme pressure upon the middle order players.
New Zealand manages to score 291 runs after facing 50 overs. West had to chase this total. They had a good start as the Universal Boss Chris Gayle provided a fly start to his team. But West Indies could not capitalize on this opportunity and keep on losing the wickets regularly.
It Brathwaite who took the responsibility and scored a massive quite and debut World Cup hundred against New Zealand. He took the West Indian team very near to win the match. They had lost 9 wickets and his scoring rate was very high during his innings. But in the 2nd last over he was castle by Trent Boult as he took a stunner at the boundary rope.
And New Zealand won by 5 wickets margin. New Zealand played their next game against the favorite team for world cup Pakistan but Pakistan Cricket Team make them no chance to win the game but New Zealand lost this game by 6 wickets.
New Zealand played their next game against Australia and lose by 86 runs. Australia had some good hard hitters against New Zealand bowling and New Zealand lost their next game as well from England by a margin of 119 runs. But New Zealand had qualified for Semi-Final due to a better run rate than Pakistan.
During the course of ICC Cricket world cup semi-Final, 2019 India won all their game including one against Pakistan. India had to bat very well against very experienced Pakistani bowling attack. India secures a very close victory against Pakistan. Overall India won all of its league stage matches with one match abandoned against Sri Lanka.
It was India who wins the top position of the group after the leagues match finished and if we compare the various performances from both of these two teams. it is an admitted fact that India will have a win over New Zealand and New Zealand wins mostly their matches against low ranking teams with a decent margin and they lost all their games against the big nations.
So, in today’s Semi-Final India have a psychological advantage over New Zealand. But the toss will also play a very important role in the final decision of the match. Today’s semifinal is any body’s game. New Zealand has a good record over India in One Day cricket. If New Zealand wins the toss, they will go bowling first and try to destroy the top and middle order of India batting. Has to be very careful against the Black Caps because they can make it very hard for India to win the game.