India vs. New Zealand: ICC World Cup Semi-Final 1 Match Preview
India vs. New Zealand: ICC World Cup Semi-Final 1 Match Preview

India will take on New Zealand in the first semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019 on Tuesday at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester. Both of these two teams had qualified for the semi-finals in the previous two editions as well. India went on to win the title in 2011 whereas New Zealand were knocked out in the semi-final by Pakistan. In 2015, New Zealand emerged as the runners-up whereas India bowed out in the semi-finals after losing to Australia, who eventually went on to be the champions.

This time, however, India are coming as the favourites in the contest as they finished at top of the table in the league stage having won seven out of the eight games they played. New Zealand, on the other hand, qualified as the fourth placed team but they don't have momentum on their side as they lost all of their last three league games.

Although India is the in-form team, both teams are evenly matched in terms of strength on paper. Both India and New Zealand have a strong batting and bowling unit. While the Indian batsmen need to be wary of the swing the kiwi Pacers are capable of producing during their initial spell, New Zealand will need to deal with India's spinners with caution. If both teams can deal with their respective witnesses, they will produce a battle which would be too close for comfort.

Weather and Pitch Conditions: Weather is expected to be absolutely fine. Pitch will be dry

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