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India vs New Zealand

India vs New Zealand Semi-Final Review and Prediction

Introduction

India vs New Zealand Semi-Final Review

India vs New Zealand: India and New Zealand will face each other in the first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 on Wednesday, November 15, at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

Indian team has won all their nine matches while New Zealand has won seven out of nine matches in the league stage and are looking to book their spot in the final.

This will be the second consecutive World Cup semi-final clash between the two sides after New Zealand edged out India by 18 runs in a thrilling encounter in 2019.

Will India avenge their defeat or will New Zealand repeat their heroics? Here is a review and prediction of the match based on the current form, head-to-head record, pitch report, and weather conditions.

Current Form

India

India have been dominant in the tournament so far, winning all their matches convincingly. They started their campaign with a comprehensive 66-run win over Australia, followed by a 66-run win over Afghanistan, a 10-wicket win over Pakistan, and a 243-run win over South Africa.

Their batting has been led by Rohit Sharma, who has scored 337 runs in four innings at an average of 112.33 and a strike rate of 102.12. He has been well supported by KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, and Ravindra Jadeja, who have all scored more than 150 runs in the tournament.

Their bowling has been equally impressive, with Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Ravichandran Ashwin leading the wicket-takers list with 10, 9, and 8 wickets respectively. They have also been economical and disciplined, conceding only 4.47 runs per over as a team.

New Zealand

New Zealand has also been unbeaten in the tournament but has faced relatively weaker opposition. They began their campaign with a stunning nine-wicket win over England, the defending champions, thanks to a brilliant 152 not out by Devon Conway.

They then defeated the Netherlands by eight wickets, Bangladesh by five wickets, and Afghanistan by seven wickets. Their batting has been anchored by Conway, who has scored 249 runs in four innings at an average of 83 and a strike rate of 104.17.

He has been ably assisted by Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, and Tom Latham, who have all scored more than 100 runs in the tournament. Their bowling has been spearheaded by Trent Boult, who has taken 11 wickets in four matches at an average of 13.09 and an economy rate of 4.34.

He has been well supported by Kyle Jamieson, Mitchell Santner, and Tim Southee, who have all taken six wickets each. India vs New Zealand

Head-to-Head Record

India and New Zealand have played 116 ODIs against each other, with India winning 58, New Zealand winning 50, one match ending in a tie, and seven matches being abandoned.

In World Cups, they have met nine times, with New Zealand winning five, India winning three, and one match being abandoned. In India, however, India has a clear edge over New Zealand, winning 29 out of 37 matches, while New Zealand has won only eight.

The last time they met in India was in 2017 when India won the three-match ODI series 2-1. The last time they met in a World Cup was in 2019 when New Zealand won the semi-final by 18 runs in a low-scoring thriller.

Pitch Report and Weather Conditions

The pitch at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala is expected to be a good one for batting, with some assistance for the seamers as well.

The average first-innings score at this venue in ODIs is 214, while the average second-innings score is 201. The highest total at this venue is 330/6, scored by India against West Indies in 2014. The lowest total at this venue is 112, scored by India against Sri Lanka in 2017.

The team batting first has won 11 out of 16 matches, while the team batting second has won five. The weather is expected to be cool and pleasant, with a maximum temperature of 19 degrees Celsius and a minimum temperature of 10 degrees Celsius. There is no forecast of rain or snow, and the humidity is expected to be around 50%. India vs New Zealand

Prediction

Based on the current form, head-to-head record, pitch report, and weather conditions, India is the favorite to win the semi-final against New Zealand.

India has a stronger and more balanced team, with more experience and depth in both batting and bowling. They also have the home advantage and the confidence to win all their matches so far.

New Zealand, on the other hand, have not faced any tough challenge in the tournament yet and may struggle to cope with the pressure and the conditions.

India also has the motivation of avenging their 2019 semi-final loss and reach their fourth World Cup final. Therefore, our prediction is that India will win the semi-final by a comfortable margin and set up a clash with either Australia or South Africa in the final. India vs New Zealand

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