Considered flat-track bullies, the Indians have so far been tested only once in the ongoing World Cup in England and that was during their opening warm-up game against New Zealand. While the group stage encounter between the two teams got washed off, they are set to clash again and this time it will be the semi-final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead hopes Lockie Ferguson can make the difference against India after revealing the pace bowler should be fit for their World Cup semi-final clash on Tuesday. The Black Caps were without their leading wicket-taker in their final group-stage game where they suffered a 119-run defeat to England at Chester-le-Street.
World Cup Cricket 2019: India vs New Zealand Old Trafford, Manchester – hourly weather forecast and updates
A cloud cover and slight chances of rain will hover the match throughout the day, in the event of continuous showers, the match will go into the next day (reserve day) for the conclusion.
India vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 – Pitch Report
A batting belter, Old Trafford would be a curious case for the World Cup Semi-Finals. The stadium has produced 300 plus scores at 3 out of five games, this is the exact venue where Eoin Morgan unleashed and scored a 17-sixes-innings of 148. Now, the case is curious because the pitch looked absolute sluggish when India played here against the West Indies. The pitch has truly slowed over games, it will be a no-brainer for the team winning the toss – bat first.
India: Virat Kohli (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Mayank Agarwal
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham (wk), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Tom Blundell, Lockie Ferguson, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi
India versus New Zealand – Head to head record in ODIs
In the 106 matches the two teams have played, India have won 55 times, while the Kiwis have registered 45 victories, 1 game resulted in a tie.
In the World Cups India have won three times, while the team from Down Under has registered four victories.