All the cricket fans have had their eyes on the much awaited 1st Semi final match of the mega event ICCWC2019 on Tuesday, July 9 when the rains in washed away the match mid-way. Winning the toss, New Zealand decided to bat first. Losing early wickets turned out to be a disadvantage more than expected for the black caps which hindered them from getting score as good as expected. Losing five wickets, the team was just at 211 after 46.1 overs. Ross Taylor and Tom Latham were batting at 67 and 3 when the rain stopped the play.

The predicted rains led ICC reserve an extra day for each of the three matches remaining. The paused match is supposed to be continued today at 3pm from the stage that it was stopped at. Let us see if the Indian 'in-form' team would be able to win the game and consecutively for the third time enter the finals of the WC. The weather forecast for the reserve day are not good either and they don't promise clear sky during the game. If the match is disruppted today, the team having higher position in the points table would go to the next stage, as per the ICC rules giving India an advantage if rains dismiss the game.

 

The much awaited knockout rounds of the cricket's mega event, ICCWC2019 are all set to go on floors on Tuesday at Old Trafford, Manchester as India prepares to face New Zealand in the 1st Semi-final of the tournament. If looking at the past records, the numbers have been in the favour of the New Zealand which managed defeating the Men in Blue more than often in the past matches.

But the present form depicts the likeli ood of India winning the game today, as the team had been phenomenal in their performance this season. And with unwavering focus, the Indian team would be looking forward to enter the Finals and claim the much deserving title of the Champions. It it the only team that has had a constantly great performance throughout the season. Especially with the inform star batsmen Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli followed by bowlers like Jaspreet Bumrah and Shami. Be it batting, bowling or fielding, the team had successfully been able to put up a great show this time. Predicting the finalists, prior the match, former Australian cricketer Michael Clarke said, "No-brainer for me, India is in the final."

 

Though managed scoring a clinical win over Bangladesh, Pakistan ended up being defeated by a target that it set on its own. Just a step behind the ICCWC2019 Semi-finals threshold, men in green could not manage setting up a score to beat NZ's net run rate. Fixing a phenomenal target of 316 runs agaisnt Bangladesh in their last match of the tournament, Pak defeated Bangladesh by 94 runs.

Pak's berth in the Semis, a mission impossible remained impossible only because the minimum score that they needed to set to win, i.e.,450 runs was far from what they actually scored. The game presented by the boys was good enough to remind one about the 1992 champions. Now that the teams for the knock out round are finalised, the eyes would only be waiting for the last three matches of the tournament that would decide the finalists and the champion.

India would be once again playing opposite England while the defending champions Australia would play against New Zealand on Teusday and Thursday to enter the finals. Today we have Srilanka and India playing against each other at 3 in Headingley, Leeds. While India would be looking forward to win the match ahead of semis, Sri Lanka would plan to end the tournament with a good note.

 

Rushing into the Semi-finals of the mega event, ICCWC2019, India looks forward to continue it's victorious journey as it prepares to face New Zealand on July 9, Tuesday. NewZealand too targets a victory against the apex team of the point table to survive into the tournament and enter into the finals this year. India has been successfully managing to enter into the finals since the last two editions of the WC and this time too it seems to have same plans.

Indian star batsman, Rohit Sharma has been firmly into lime light ever since the start of the tournament. Performing fabulously throughout the tournament, Rohit successfully scored 5 centuries, highest in any edition by a single player. Rohit is also just 27 runs away from yet another world record of highest run scorer in a single tournament, held by the legendary player Sachin Tendulkar. Rohit is also just 53 runs away from the record that makes him an only cricketer to score 700 runs in a tournament. All the eyes would be upon the match which would be deciding the 1st finalist of the WC.

 

For the first time after 2 decades and half the English team managed entering into the knock out stage of the WC by magnificently defeating New Zealand. England won against the Kiwis by 119 runs on Wednesday night at Birmingham. Riding upon Jason Roy's brillant 123-run in 122 balls English boys thrashed into the semi-finals this season.

The England's victory has not only dimnished the chances of New Zealand playing for the next round but has also dimnished the chances of pakistan entering into the Semis to a great extent. Pak though still has chances of making in to the knockout rounds but that is damn low. In order to enter the same, the men in green will have to defeat Bangladesh by a major 316 runs margin to make it. While New zealand will have to wait for Pak to lose one and the only match left in this round to enter the semi-finals.

For now the probablity state that England is likely to play against India for the Semi-finals on upcoming Thursday on July 11th at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Australia is likely to play against New Zealand, if Pak loses against Bangladesh on Tuesday, July 09 at Old Trafford.

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