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It's India vs New Zealand, Australia vs England

July 07, 2019 08:40 IST

India topped the group stage and will play New Zealand at Old Trafford on Tuesday, July 9.

Australia face old rivals England at Edgbaston on Thursday, July 11.

ICC World Cup trophy

IMAGE: After 45 matches, it is India, Australia, England and New Zealand left in battle for the ICC World Cup Trophy. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

After 45 games in the ICC men’s cricket World Cup the group stage is complete, and the final four now know who will play who in the semi-finals. 

Australia, India, England and New Zealand knew prior to Saturday’s final group matches that they would be in the top four and that all that was to be decided was the end of group standings.

 

India’s seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka at Headingley ensured that they ended on a winning note and leapfrogged Australia after their 10-run defeat by South Africa.

Here is how the two semi-finals will look this week.

Semi-final 1: India vs New Zealand, at Old Trafford, Tuesday, July 9

India’s win over Sri Lanka and Australia’s defeat by South Africa meant that India topped the group and face fourth placed New Zealand at Old Trafford on Tuesday. 

It will be an intriguing match-up as these two sides have not played each other at this World Cup. Their game at Trent Bridge on June 13 was abandoned without a ball bowled. 

India finished the group stage with just one defeat – to England – and finished on 15 points from their nine matches.

After a good start to this World Cup, New Zealand lost three games – to Pakistan, Australia and England – and ended on 11 points from their nine games. 

Rohit Sharma is India’s danger man with the bat, having scored 647 runs in the group stage, while Black Caps captain Kane Williamson has 481 runs. 

Semi-final 2: Australia vs England, at Edgbaston, Thursday, July 11

The oldest rivals in cricket meet for a place in the World Cup final. 

Australia’s defeat in their final game to South Africa means they slipped down to second at the end of the group stage and set up a meeting with England. 

Aaron Finch’s men beat England by 64 runs at Lord’s at the end of June. 

On that day, Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to field and restricted Australia to 285/7 from their 50 overs. 

But Australia’s Jason Behrendorff set about defending that total and finished with figures of 5/44 as England were bowled out for 221. 

Captain Finch (507) and David Warner (634) have been Australia’s stars with the bat while Joe Root (500) and Bairstow (462) are England’s leading run scorers. 

With the ball, Mitchell Starc has 26 wickets at this World Cup, while England’s Jofra Archer has 17. 

(International Cricket Council)

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