July 19, 2019 | 5:44 AM IST
semi final 2019

India-NZ to play first 2019 WC semi-final today; eyes on Ro-hit’s record

India and New Zealand will play 2019 ICC World Cup’s first semi-finals in one of the oldest grounds in England – Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester - on Tuesday. It is a popular notion, not without a reason, that the Kiwis are the weakest of the four semi finalists. They lost to England, Australia and Pakistan and beat Bangladesh and West Indies with a real bleak margin, hence, terming their win a fluke. But as the adage goes- never consider your opponent weak.
Though it is likely that India will not make any changes to their batting order, Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Shami, who did not play against Sri Lank, are expected to return for the semis and replace Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja.

Tuesday’s match holds special significance for the Indians as a spectacular performance by Indian opener Rohit Sharma can make India world champs. Ro-hit has already topped the list for making highest number of centuries in World Cup edition and now is just 27 runs away from making highest runs in a single edition. Presently, master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for making 673 runs in World Cup 2003 edition.

So, it will be exciting to see Rohit breaking master-blaster’s record.

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