India vs New Zealand, 1st Semi-Final – Dream11 Prediction: Two teams that haven’t met even once in the World Cup 2019 – India and New Zealand – will face each other in the first semi-final
India vs New Zealand, 1st Semi-Final Team News:
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja/Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls/Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
India vs New Zealand, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, 1st Semi-Final
9th July 2019, 3:00 PM IST
Old Trafford, Manchester
As seen in the previous game between South Africa and Australia, a good batting surface will be on offer with something in it for the pacers and spinners alike. With his being a used pitch, an extra spinner might be on the cards although the cloudy conditions should favour swing bowling with the new ball. The team winning the toss will ideally look to bat first and set a total with teams wilting under pressure while chasing this World Cup.
Did you know?
– New Zealand have won just one of their seven World Cup semifinals. India have a slightly better 3-3 record from their six trips to the final four.
– Since the last World Cup, Rohit Sharma has batted at a PowerPlay strike-rate of 74.04. Post Shikhar Dhawan’s injury in this edition, he’s upped his scoring to 95.77
– Trent Boult has taken more wickets against India in ODIs than any other bowler since the last World Cup: 22 wickets from 12 games at 24.9.
Fantasy Tips and Suggestions
Wicket-keeper: Both Tom Latham and Rishabh Pant should be picked in the side with both of them coming in at relatively cheaper prices. While Latham did score a fifty in the previous game, Rishabh Pant has only shown glimpses of what he is capable of and will be eager to come good in the semi-final.
Batsmen: With five hundreds to his name, Rohit Sharma is one of the must-have players in this game along with Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson. Some fantasy players might have their reservations against Rohit scoring against left-arm swing bowling which could also bring in KL Rahul into the mix. Martin Guptill is due for a big one while Ross Taylor is also a decent option as well.
All-rounders: Mitchell Santner has been economical with the ball and is a handy option to have in the side. Along with him, one of Hardik Pandya or Colin de Grandhomme are also viable candidates to fill in as the second all-rounder.
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah and Lockie Ferguson have 17 wickets each and are great options to have in your side for this game. Considering his record against the Indians and particularly Rohit Sharma, Trent Boult is also a worth-while candidate for Tuesday. One of Yuzvendra Chahal or Matt Henry should suffice as the final bowling option
Captain: Virat Kohli has already scored five fifties this World Cup and is due for a century. He is a great option for captaincy while the likes of Kane Williamson and Trent Boult being real possibilities. Rishabh Pant is also an outside option if one were to defer from Rohit and Virat.
Fantasy Suggestion #1: Tom Latham, Rishabh Pant, Martin Guptill, KL Rahul, Kane Williamson, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal. Captain: Kane Williamson, Vice-Captain: Virat Kohli
Fantasy Suggestion #2: Rishabh Pant, Tom Latham, KL Rahul, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Virat Kohli, Jimmy Neesham, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult. Captain: Virat Kohli, Vice-Captain: Trent Boult