After all the teams have played against each other in the Round Robin format now we have our final four. The first team that is India is going to play with the fourth team at the Table and that is New Zealand.
On 9th July 2019, at Old Trafford, Manchester, India and New Zealand will come against each other to book their ticket for the Finals at Lords on Sunday against England or Australia.
The two Captains Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson also played against each other as a Captain back in 2008 in the Semi-Final of 2008 Under 19 World Cup.
Weather Report: – There is a slight chance of rain. It could have rain early in the morning till the afternoon, but it will not affect the match to let it go for the reserve day. There will be moisture on the ground and slight wind as well. The result of toss will also be taken forward without a ball being bowled if the match goes to the reserve day.
Pitch Report – As there will be moisture on the Pitch, the Pitch will definitely going to help the seamers. The seaming condition will also be supported by the wind. The match is possibly a low scoring match. Winning the toss, if a team makes 280+ then it will be a par score.
New Zealand – Its seems like a long time when Martin Guptill played that knock in the first game of New Zealand. The opening pair is a big problem for New Zealand. Though their Middle order is well equipped with Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor still they need good innings from the top.
Probable XI – Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
India – There two big concerns for team India, the one is power hitters at the end and the other is bowling combination. Having Rohit Rahul and Kohli at top India is looking too solid but still, they didn’t get many high scores in the tournament except one or two games. Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni should have to play their role sensibly and with responsibility. The latter issue that is bowling combination arises with the good performance of Mohammad Shami and Ravindra Jadeja. Keeping seeming conditions in mind, team India might go with three seam bowlers excluding Hardik Pandya
Probable XI – Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Kartik, Hardik Pandya, Bhuveshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Match Analysis – India is far ahead of New Zealand in terms of performances in the league matches. Moreover, if you do man to man marking, India is still far ahead. But it is a semi-final and anything could happen. An outstanding inning by Guptill or Taylor or an outstanding spell by Boult or Ferguson could have change the criteria.
Prediction – New Zealand will win the Match