The carnival of cricket reached its final stage as India is all set to take on NewZealand in the first Semi Final in a few hours. Apparently, England will face off their arch rivals Australia in the second Semi Finals which will take place on Thursday. Now, both Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson will lead their teams in Manchester in search of Lords for 14th July. Let’s take a look at both teams.
Team India lived up to the expectations in the league stage and lost only one match, against the hosts and knocked out every other team comfortably except Afghanistan. Openers gave a solid start throughout the tournament and Virat will be a happy man if they continue their form in the big game.
The most vulnerable part in Team India is their middle order which is yet to set and the main worry is MS Dhoni’s form. Though he hasn’t got enough time to display his heroics, it is quite clear that he is off-touch. But never under estimate Pant and Pandya’s power hitting and DK’s finishing abilities.
India doesn’t have any issues in bowling department unlike previous World Cup’s and they just need right formation according to the opposition and the conditions. If they play disciplined today, it will be a cake walk for them to reach finals.
Though, Kiwis can’t mach with India in any department, you can’t over rule their chances completely. The main strength of the black caps is their bowling which has been very successful than any other team in this World Cup. Ferguson being the top performer, Boult showing his class and Henry’s support form the other side are the most lethal problems for Team India in the Semis. Don’t forget Neesham’s handy contribution.
If they can penetrate through India’s top order they would rest in the drivers seat. Coming to batting, mostly Williamson and Taylor have been carrying the batting unit on their shoulders and the other batsmen need to step up in this do or die game.
If tomorrow is Guptil’s day, the Men in Blue can’t do anything. Grandhomme and Neesham need to be consistent at times handling pressure. So, if things work out good for the Kiwis in the initial stage of the game, Captain Kane will take care of the proceedings to take his team to Lords on Sunday.
India’s Team (Probable XI)
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand’s Team (Probabale XI)
Martin Guptil, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Tom Latham, Colin D Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Trent boult