Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Happy underdogs New Zealand promise 'scrap' against India

Happy underdogs New Zealand promise 'scrap' against India

The semi-final is slated to be played at the ground where India and New Zealand had first played any world cup match against each other.

The Black Caps will be hoping for a change of fortune for Guptill, who was in smashing form in the last World Cup when he hit the tournament's best ever individual score of 237 not out against West Indies.

If one man can find a performance, then that can permeate its way through to the whole team very quickly and build confidence, often within a game.

India is now at the top spot on the points table.

New Zealand finished fourth in the 10-team group stage and only edged out Pakistan from a place in the knockout stages on net run-rate.

The one you have right now has played 71 ODI innings since the 2015 World Cup.

Since their 137-run stand in their first-up win over Sri Lanka, the Black Caps' opening partnerships have been dismal, with two partnerships of middling success - 35 and 29 runs - and the rest of the returns making for ugly reading - 12, 5, 2, 0 and 0.

But the reserve day will only come into operation if the minimum 20 overs-per-side match needed for a result under the Duckworth-Lewis method for rain-affected games can not be finished on Tuesday.

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In that case, the match would continue Wednesday from where it left off rather than be re-started.

The Australian bowling attack was wayward for the first time all tournament, with South Africa adding 79 for the first wicket in just 11.3 overs, and not looking back.

Get breaking news alerts. In fact, there is no doubt that Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor will play a big part in getting New Zealand to a par score.

India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (captain), Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah. After they lost to England on July 3, they knew they would play the first semi-final here on July 9, but they did not know who their opponents would be.

They now have the additional incentive of proving to Tendulkar that his prediction of an India appearance in the final was premature.

Unfortunately for New Zealand, Williamson's two centuries, in back-to-back games, are the only centuries the team has mustered.

The key will be Trent Boult, he knows these Indian batsmen extremely well at this point.

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