Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

India v New Zealand

India v New Zealand

The Old Trafford stadium has been made a "No Fly Zone" for India's semifinal clash against New Zealand on Tuesday, an action prompted by a private plane displaying anti-India banners during the team's league encounter against Sri Lanka in Headingley.

Reserve days will be in place for both semi-finals and final of the tournament. India is now at the top spot on the points table.

So far, India have played six World Cup semi-finals while wining only three. Net run rate saw them squeeze out a late charge from Pakistan and they are not being mentioned by many as genuine title contenders, but they remain a stern test for India.

All of the five previous matches in the tournament played on the Manchester ground have been won by the side batting first but the overcast conditions promised to assist India's pacemen.

Lockie Ferguson should return in place of Tim Southee as underperforming openers Henry Nicholls and Colin Munro fight it out to play at the top of the order. New Zealand had struggled against India earlier this year when they lost the ODI series 4-1 in their own backyard. The Black Caps, on the other hand, finished fourth.

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Along with Kohli's consistency with the bat and his fine captaincy skills, his deputy Rohit Sharma has also been leading India from the front and setting new World Cup records.

The pitch at Old Trafford is a batsman's delight, and India's "hitman" Rohit Sharma has had a dream run, having already struck five centuries.

With the group stage match between India and New Zealand washed out without a ball being bowled, it will be interesting to see which team will triumph in the semis and move onto the final. "We are used to that to be quite honest", said Kohli, who was part of India's World Cup-winning team in 2011.

Williamson too, had some really good things to say when asked about the Indian skipper who has evolved over the years and is an absolute run-machine at present.

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