Wednesday at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. The toss for the match will take place at 1:30 PM.
This is the 8th time for Team India and the 9th time for New Zealand to play in the semi-finals of the ODI World Cup. Both teams are meeting in the semi-finals for the second time in a row in the tournament.
For Indian fans, the memories of July 10, 2019, will come alive. It was on this day that India faced the same New Zealand team in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup and lost, exiting the tournament. India was considered a strong contender to win the World Cup in 2019, but the close defeat to New Zealand in the semi-final was a major setback.
Team India has shown an excellent performance in the league stage of this World Cup, winning all 9 matches and securing the top position in the table. The team defeated Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, New Zealand, England, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and the Netherlands in the league matches.
New Zealand, the runner-up of the previous World Cup, had a strong start in this tournament. They defeated the current champion England in the opening match. After that, they also defeated Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and the Netherlands.
Virat Kohli is the top run-scorer of the tournament with 594 runs in 9 matches, including 5 fifties and 2 centuries. Jasprit Bumrah leads the bowling department for India with 17 wickets.
For New Zealand, Rachin Ravindra, playing in his first World Cup, is their top run-scorer with 564 runs in 9 matches, including 3 centuries and 2 fifties. Mitchell Santner is the leading wicket-taker for New Zealand with 16 wickets.
In the head-to-head record, New Zealand has a slight advantage in ODI World Cups, winning 5 out of 10 matches played between the two teams.
The pitch at Wankhede Stadium is batting-friendly, and the team batting first has won 14 matches, while the team batting second has won 13 matches out of the 27 ODIs played at this venue.
The weather forecast for the match day in Mumbai is clear, with a 1% chance of rain. The temperature is expected to be between 25 to 36 degrees Celsius.
Probable playing XI for India:
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (Wicketkeeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.
Probable playing XI for New Zealand:
Kane Williamson (Captain), Rachin Ravindra, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (Wicketkeeper), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.