World Cup 2019 semi-finals line-up: India to play New Zealand after topping league stage

first_imgAfter 45 matches in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, 4 top teams will gear up for what should be two exciting semi-finals in Manchester on July 9 and Birmingham on July 11.India, Australia, England and New Zealand will vie for spots in the final to be played at Lord’s on July 14. These 4 teams, especially India and Australia, have been ruthless throughout the 2019 World Cup.England, World Cup 2019 hosts, have reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1992. Australia and New Zealand are in the World Cup semis for the 8th time while India will feature in their 7th World Cup semi-final.Australia have won the World Cup 5 times while India have lifted the trophy twice in 1983 and 2011. New Zealand and England are yet to win the World Cup. The line-up of World Cup 2019 semi-finals (India Today Photo)India have had a dream run in the World Cup despite problems in the middle-order. They lost Shikhar Dhawan after he suffered a fractured thumb against Australia but KL Rahul moved up the order to partner Rohit Sharma and the two have been formidable.Virat Kohli did not score any hundreds in the group stages but he led from the front. Rohit Sharma scored a record-shattering 5 hundreds and finished the league matches with 647 runs.Australia had lost only one game heading into their final group match against South Africa in Manchester. Riding on David Warner and Aaron Finch’s top form at the top, the Aussies dominated every team apart from India. Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were too hot for Australia to handle.advertisementAustralia were the table-toppers for the better part of the tournament. The defending champions took on South Africa in the final group match of the 2019 World Cup and were in deep trouble chasing 326.South Africa beat Australia in a tense finish by 10 runs in Manchester on Saturday to keep the latter at 2nd spot in the points table.England, who finished 3rd in the points table, were stunned by Sri Lanka. England were one of the pre-tournament favourites but back-to-back defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia made them a nervous lot. However, resounding victories over India and New Zealand meant they made it to the semi-finals for the first time in 27 years.England will rely on their batting fire-power and ace pacers Mark Wood and Jofra Archer in the knockout stages.New Zealand were on fire for the most part of the World Cup but their batting frailties were exposed by Pakistan, Australia and England. 3 successive defeats gave the Black Caps a few sleepless nights but Pakistan needed an improbable win against Bangladesh to qualify for the semi-finals. That did not happen and New Zealand were through to the last-4.Here is how the World Cup semi-finals look like: India vs New Zealand at Manchester on July 9Australia vs England at Birmingham on July 11Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul hundreds help India crush Sri LankaAlso Read | Happy Birthday MS Dhoni: India’s most successful captain turns 38last_img

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