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New Zealand edge out India in ICC World Cup semi final

by Staff reporter
10 Jul 2019 at 15:08hrs | Views
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The ICC Cricket World Cup is reaching fever pitch. The tournament kicked off in England on the 30th of May and is now just a few days away from the final. The first semi-final game was between New Zealand and India was nail-biting.

New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat and scored 239/8 after 50 overs at Old Trafford Cricket Ground. Captain Kane Williamson scored 67, alongside Ross Taylor who scored an impressive 74 from 90 balls before being run out by Ravindra Jadeja. It was a shaky start of the game for the Black Caps.  

Martin Guptill was caught by Virat Khohli after a great delivery by Jasprit Bumrah for one run. India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled the best for the team with 3 wickets and conceding 43 runs after 10 overs.

India had a bumpy start losing four wickets in the first 20 overs.  New Zealand kept applying pressure and at the 40 over mark they had a required run rate of 9 an over with 5 wickets in hand. It was an exciting last ten overs but New Zealand ultimately held on and won the game to advance them to the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup.  

Tomorrow sees the host of the Cricket World Cup England take on Australia in other semi final game. The game is being played at Edgbaston in Birmingham. England does not have a great history when it comes to Cricket World Cups. They reached the quarter finals of the tournament in 2011 and didn't go past the group stage in the 2015 tournament. The last time that England played in a semi-final at the world cup was back in 1983.

Australia, on the other hand, has all the experience that is needed when playing an important match like this one. The Australian cricket team is the most successful team in the history of the ICC Cricket World Cup.

They took home the trophy in 2015, 2007 and in 2003. England will know what to expect from Australia and would hope that playing on home soil would give them the advantage. All eyes will be on this match tomorrow to see who plays in the final.

The Cricket World cup comes to an end after 48 games on Sunday. The final game will be played on Lord's in front of a packed stadium. You can bet on cricket at Betway and see the latest odds on the final game of the tournament.

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Source - Byo24News