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World Cup 2019: Predicting the results of semi-finals and final

India will face New Zealand at the Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester and the Ashes rivals, England and Australia will square off at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul India
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. (Photo Source: Twitter)

At the start of the tournament, there was a lot of talk about how this might be the most competitive World Cup and how this might be one of the best World Cups of all time. 45 games later, it has more or less lived up to expectation. It took 39 games for this World Cup to produce a dead rubber.

Teams fought hard and fair to earn a spot in the top four. In fact, it wasn’t till the last over of the 45th and the last group stage game that the line-ups for the semi-finals were decided. Hence, here we are after 45 league games, with the four semi-finalists – India, Australia, England and New Zealand.

India will face New Zealand at the Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester and the Ashes rivals, England and Australia will square off at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Thus, with just a couple more days to go before the knockouts kickstart, let’s predict the results of the semi-finals and the finals.

SEMI-FINAL 1: India vs New Zealand

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson. (Photo Source: Twitter)

These are two teams which had very similar results until the seventh game of the tournament. Both India and New Zealand were unbeaten for their first six games before suffering a defeat in their seventh. When they faced each other, the game was washed out. However, after their first defeat, India bounced back hard and won two games on the bounce to finish at the top of the table while New Zealand lost their last two games to just about sneak in.

India have enjoyed playing at Old Trafford in this World Cup. They won both their games there and will be confident going into the semi-final. Meanwhile, New Zealand also won the only game they played at Old Trafford.

However, momentum is on India’s side. Moreover, with the pitch expected to be batting friendly, India certainly hold the edge. New Zealand’s batting has been shaky in this tournament and it could cost them dearly. Moreover, India have got better every game and they have momentum on their side as well. Thus, India will start favourites in the first semi-final and are likely to advance to the final.

However, don’t count out New Zealand. They handed India a thrashing in their first warm-up game and they can bite you if you take them lightly. Thus, it promises to be a cracking game but India hold all the aces for the moment.

Winner: India

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