World Cup 2023: Team India’s future will be decided in 90 minutes, Kohli-Rohit will keep watching!

The first semi-final of the World Cup-2023 will be played between India and New Zealand on Wednesday. This match will be held at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Team India has reached the semi-finals by winning all 9 matches of the league stage. Whereas the Kiwi team had won 5 out of 9 matches. He had total 10 marks. Kane Williamson’s team was fourth in the points table. Team India and New Zealand will face each other in the World Cup semi-finals for the second consecutive time. The Kiwi team defeated the Indian team in the 2019 World Cup semi-finals. However, this time the situation is different. Team India is in tremendous form and is playing at home.

Team India also has wonderful memories associated with Wankhede. Team India won the 2011 World Cup on this ground. The team captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni had defeated Sri Lanka. Wankhede pitch is called heaven for batsmen. There have been 4 matches in this World Cup, out of which the team batting first has won 3. Even in the fourth match, the team batting first would have won, if Australia’s Glenn Maxwell had not played an unbeaten inning of 201 runs against Afghanistan. Maxwell single-handedly led the Australian team to victory.

The toss at Wankhede plays an important role in deciding the outcome of the match. Here whichever captain wins the toss takes the decision to bat first. The average score of the first innings here is 357 runs. Afghanistan was the only team which could not reach the score of 350. In this World Cup, Team India faced Sri Lanka here. However, the Sri Lankan captain had taken the decision to bowl first which proved to be wrong. Team India, when invited to bat first, scored 357 runs and bowled out Sri Lanka for only 55 runs.

The average score of the second innings here is only 187 runs. Australia has been the only team which has scored more than 250. The England team was reduced to 170 runs against South Africa.

90 minutes of play is important

It is clear from the results of these matches that 90 minutes of play is important in the second innings. 20 overs are bowled in these 90 minutes. If Team India bats later in Wednesday’s match, then it will have to play these 20 overs carefully. If he repeats the mistake of Sri Lanka and England, then the World Cup journey will end there. If Team India’s openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill play the first few overs carefully and save wickets, then the Indian team has the potential to achieve the target of 300-350.

The Indian team will have to overcome the speed and swing of New Zealand’s pace trio Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Tim Southee. If Team India does not do this, then the same story of 2019 will be repeated, when 3 wickets fell for 5 runs and Team India did not even get a chance to recover and ended up in defeat.

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