The stage is all set,The grass at the Old Trafford is being watered and rolled for the first Semi-final of World cup 2019.
India and New Zealand face off in the first Semi-final at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday to book a place for the Finals at Lord’s on Sunday. The second Semi-final will have
Arc rivals Australia and England fighting it out in Birmingham on Thursday.
Virat Kohli says it will be great feeling for both him and New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson to again be leading their teams against each other at a world cup. In 2008 under-19 World cup semi-final at Kuala Lumpur, Kohli had taken the wicket of Williamson when they were both captaining their countries.
According to Cricket pundits India are favourites against the Kiwis since they have been very consistent and well balanced team in the tournament, meanwhile Kiwis have stumbled to three defeats in their last three matches.But as the saying goes:
“The game is not over until the last ball is bowled.”
The Kiwis can create trouble for India if they bat first and score 300+ runs, then India might be in trouble since the New Zealand fast bowlers can become lethal.
Old Trafford has been one of the batsman friendly ground at the World Cup with the teams easily scoring more then 300 runs. The team winning the toss would want to bat first unless there is cloud cover and chance of rain.
Weather forecast:There is a chance of rain at times throughout Tuesday. Most of the rain will be light and patchy, so there shouldn’t be any long interruptions to play.Temperatures are expected to reach 19-20C.
In the unlikely event of weather forcing no result tomorrow, the game will recommence the following day (reserve day) from where it was stopped. The result of the toss, too, will be taken forward even if not a single ball is bowled on the scheduled day.
India 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
New Zealand 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