How has India performed so far in ICC knockout matches against New Zealand?

Indian team has not yet played its last league stage match in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. However, Team India has already secured its place in the semi-finals by performing brilliantly in its first eight matches. The Indian team remains on top in the points table. In such a situation, in the semi-final match, they will face the fourth placed team, which is almost certain to become the New Zealand team. Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, India won the ODI World Cup after 20 years by defeating New Zealand by 4 wickets in the league stage, but now it is not going to be an easy task for the Indian team to face the Kiwi team again in the knockout stage.

India’s record in ICC knockout matches against New Zealand

In ICC knockout matches, the Indian team has played against New Zealand three times so far in cricket history. He played for the first time in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2000. India had to face defeat by 4 wickets. The two teams then met for the second time in an ICC knockout match in the 2019 ODI World Cup, with the Kiwis winning by 18 runs in the rain-shortened two-day match, ending the Indian team’s journey in that World Cup. While third after the ICC Knockout match, Team India faces off in the final of the first ICC World Test Championship played in the year 2021. India won this match by 8 wickets.

India will have to be careful with Bolt on Mumbai grounds

The first semi-final match of the World Cup 2023 will be played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. So far, four matches have been played on this ground during the league stage, in which the team batting first has won thrice. On this ground, the chasing team has won only one match, which was recorded by Australia against Afghanistan. Chasing the target at Wankhede has not been easy, the biggest reason for which is more help for the fast bowlers, in such a situation Trent Boult can become a big threat for Team India.

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