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World Cup 2023, IND vs NZ: New Zealand can only beat India in semi-final if they bat first, says Simon Doull


World Cup 2023, IND vs NZ: New Zealand can only beat India in semi-final if they bat first, says Simon Doull


Former New Zealand cricketer Simon Doull believes that India go in as heavy favourites in the World Cup 2023 semi-final against the Kiwis. Set to take place on 15 November at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Doull believes that there is only one way that New Zealand can defeat India in the knockout clash.

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Speaking on Cricbuzz, Doull said that the toss is going to be crucial for both teams in the semi-final. Doull argued that New Zealand can win against India only if they bat first in Mumbai. The former pacer explained that the Mumbai deck has been better for batting first, as under the lights the ball has swung in the first 10 overs.

“It is crucial from New Zealand’s point of view that they bat first. So winning the toss is going to be quite crucial for either side. We have seen that batting first in Mumbai is the best way to go. From New Zealand’s point of view, more so. New Zealand will feel that a target around 300-mark is something that they can defend if they bowl well and put India under some pressure,” Doull said on Cricbuzz ahead of the semi-final.

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India vs New Zealand is going to be a repeat fixture of the 2019 semi-final. In that game, New Zealand wiped out India’s top-order in no time and registered a comprehensive victory. Doull said that no India fan would like to remember in the knockouts from the last few years. India have not won a single ICC trophy since 2013 and are looking to break the jinx in home soil. India are the only unbeaten team in the tournament and have looked the strongest side with all bases covered.

“No Indian fan wants to remember what happened in the last 12 years in knockout matches. But look, India go in as heavy favourites in the semi-final, they go in as the best team in the tournament. New Zealand, they just find a way, they find a way to fightback to play as a team. They will have to do that,” Doull said on Cricbuzz.

Published By:

Kingshuk Kusari

Published On:

Nov 15, 2023


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