World Cup 2019: India takes on New Zealand in first semifinal

On top of the table with 15 points, the Men in Blue will take on the Black Caps, who finished fourth on the points table in Manchester on Tuesday.

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India will meet New Zealand in the first semifinal of the ICC Cricket World Cup on Tuesday.   -  Getty Images

The last day of the league stage on Saturday gave the order of play for the two semifinals of World Cup 2019.

India finished on top with 15 points after its seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka while Australia after its 10-run defeat to South Africa was placed second with 14 points.

Now, in the first semifinal on July 9 at Manchester, India plays New Zealand who finished fourth on the points table with 11 points. In the second semifinal on July 11, Australia and England clash.

The Virat Kohli-led side after nine games in the league stage — won seven games, lost one and one being a wash-out against New Zealand.

India vs New Zealand head-to-head record

fter a washout last month in what would have been the first meeting between India and New Zealand in the World Cup since 2003, the teams get a chance to lock horns once again in the semifinals.

New Zealand hasn't been in good form of late, with three consecutive losses. In its last outing, it lost to England by 119 runs.

But this blip in form had been preceded by a string of victories. At one point, New Zealand was the only undefeated team, alongside India.

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It began its campaign with a 10-wicket victory over Sri Lanka. A nervy win over Bangladesh followed, before the team put up a commanding performance against Afghanistan. Then, there were close wins against South Africa and West Indies.

The losses — against Pakistan, Australia and England — meant it just about managed to sneak in to the semis, in the fourth place.

FIXTURES AND RESULTS

It's been a contrasting scenario for India. A loss against England was a minor blip in an otherwise supreme run.

Overall, in World Cups, New Zealand leads India 4-3.

First meeting: July 14, 1975, Manchester

India 230 (S. Abid Ali 70, A. Gaekwad 37; B. McKechnie 3/49) lost to New Zealand 233/6 in 58.5 overs (G. Turner 114*; S. Abid Ali 2/35) by four wickets

Gavaskar fights a lone battle: June 13, 1979, Leeds

India 182 in 55.5 overs (S. Gavaskar 55, B. Patel 38; B. McKechnie 3/24) lost to New Zealand 183/2 in 57 overs (B. Edgar 84*, J. Wright 48; M. Amarnath 1/39) by eight wickets

India off the mark: October 14, 1987, Bengaluru

India 252/7 in 50 overs (N. Sidhu 75, Kapil Dev 72*; D. Patel 3/36) beat New Zealand 236/8 in 50 overs (K. Rutherford 75, A. Jones 64; M. Singh 2/40) by 16 runs

Chetan Sharma hat-trick: October 24, 1987, Nagpur

New Zealand 221/9 in 50 overs (D. Patel 40, J. Wright 35; C. Sharma 3/51) lost to India 224/1 in 32.1 overs (S. Gavaskar 103*, K. Srikkanth 75; W. Watson 1/50) by nine wickets

Tendulkar knock in vain: March 12, 1992, Dunedin

India 230/6 in 50 overs (S. Tendulkar 84, M. Azharuddin 55; C. Harris 3/55) lost to New Zealand 231/6 in 47.1 overs (M. Greatbatch 73, A. Jones 67; M. Prabhakar 3/46) by four wickets

Twose-Horne show: June 12, 1999, Nottingham

India 251/6 in 50 overs (A. Jadeja 76, M. Azharuddin 30; C. Cairns 2/44) lost to New Zealand 253/5 (M. Horne 74, R. Twose 60*; D. Mohanty 2/41) by five wickets

Zak attack: March 14, 2003, Centurion

New Zealand 146 in 45.1 overs (S . Fleming 30; Z. Khan 4/42) lost to India 150/3 in 40.4 overs (M. Kaif 68*, R. Dravid 53*; S. Bond 2/23) by seven wickets

Washout: June 13, 2019, Nottingham

Match abandoned Rain in Nottingham did not allow any cricket to happen. The teams got one point each, and eventually both progressed to the semis.

India probable XI: Rohit Sharma, K. L. Rahul, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, M. S. Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand probable XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jamesh Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult