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India vs New Zealand Semi-final: Chahal Replaces Kuldeep, Ferguson Returns from Injury

Cricketnext Staff |July 9, 2019, 3:25 PM IST
India vs New Zealand Semi-final: Chahal Replaces Kuldeep, Ferguson Returns from Injury

India made just one change to their XI from their last league game for the semifinal against New Zealand, drafting in Yuzvendra Chahal for Kuldeep Yadav.

It meant India stuck with their five-bowler strategy, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar retaining his place ahead of Mohammed Shami.

Coming into the game, Bhuvneshwar had not picked up a wicket in his first spells in any of the games - an area where Shami has been much better. However, Shami's death bowling was a concern in his last two matches. The overcast conditions in Manchester would have worked in Bhuvneshwar's favour.

India also picked Ravindra Jadeja over Kuldeep, who has a good record against New Zealand. However, Kuldeep has not been among the wickets in the World Cup, and India have decided to strengthen their lower-order batting.

New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first. They made one change too, with Lockie Ferguson replacing Tim Southee. Ferguson had missed New Zealand's last match with a tight hamstring.

The Old Trafford in Manchester had hosted five games in the league stage, with the team batting first winning all of them.

Teams:

India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni(w), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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