India will face New Zealand in the first semi-final of the Cricket World Cup 2023 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday with the match starting at 2 pm IST. The Men in Blue have been very successful, winning nine games out of nine so far in the competition, and are seen as favorites for the semi-final. History is in New Zealand’s favour, however.
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The Kiwis were responsible for India’s elimination from the 2019 World Cup after defeating India by 18 runs in the semi-final. Also, they have won all three matches against India in the ICC events. India has one more statistic to worry about as well. They have not won an ICC event since 2013 and the main reason behind their failure is that they have lost in eight ICC events since 2013.
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But India have form on their side and captain Rohit Sharma has credited the team’s environment for impressive results on the field.
“Our conscious effort is that the team environment does not change based on the results. We have to create the environment that the team needs, and that is mandatory,” Rohit said during his pre-match conference. “One or two boys cannot do this. It’s important that all the boys come together, including the support staff.”
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“This is the environment where we want to be very relaxed. All the boys like this. Because you know, when you come to the ground, there will be pressure, performance pressure, pressure to win the game. That cannot be changed,” he said.
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Ahead of the match, here’s a look at the predicted XIs for the India vs New Zealand semi-final:
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav
New Zealand: Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson (c), Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Tom Latham (wk), Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
Mumbai Weather Forecast
Rain is not expected to play a part in Mumbai on Wednesday. According to Accuweather, there is a 0% chance of rain. The temperature is expected to be around 32 degrees Celsius during the day and drop to 16 at night. Cloud cover could be as high as 86% during the day and could favor the pacers.
Wankhede stadium pitch report
The red soil pitches in Mumbai favor bounce and carry, making it a good place for pacers but the flat nature of the tracks makes it a batting spectacle. The Wankhede Stadium is famous for big scores but batting second could be difficult as the lights and sea breeze favor the bowlers.
India vs New Zealand Squad
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishan Kishanada, Suryakuv
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Will Young
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