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World Cup Semi Finals 2019: India vs New Zealand on July 9, Australia vs England on July 11

World Cup Semi Finals 2019: India vs New Zealand on July 9, Australia vs England on July 11. Know where are the two semi-finals.

Jul 8, 2019 11:07 IST
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World Cup 2019 Semi Final Teams: The first semi-final will be played between India and New Zealand on July 9 (Tuesday) and the second semi-final will be played between Australia and England on July 11 (Thursday). India won its last group stage match against Sri Lanka by 7 wickets to finish at the top of the world cup points table. Australia, which was previously ranked first on the world cup points table, finished at the second place following its 10-run loss to South Africa on July 6.

The World Cup group stage ended on July 6 with India's match against Sri Lanka and Australia's match against South Africa. Interestingly, the tournament's 45-match group stage had begun with South Africa's match against hosts England on May 30 and it ended with South Africa's match against Australia. Though, it was clear even before the last two matches were played that it would be Australia, India, England and New Zealand in the semi-finals, the final standing of the top two teams, India and Australia, were at stake.

World Cup semi-final criteria

In the World Cup 2019 semi-final, the first-placed team faces the fourth-placed in the first semi-final, while the second-placed team faces the third-placed team in the second semi-final. While England was confirmed to be the third semi-finalist, New Zealand was confirmed as the fourth semi-finalist.

India vs New Zealand semi-final

With India's win over Sri Lanka and Australia's loss against South Africa, India instead of facing England as it would have if it remained at the second place, will take on New Zealand in the semi-final, while defending champions Australia will face the hosts. England is the only team in the world cup tournament that was able to defeat India in the group stage matches. On the other hand, India and New Zealand have not played against each other in World Cup 2019, as their group stage match was abandoned without a ball being bowled at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on June 13. Indian skipper Virat Kohli, however, was unfazed about which team India will face in the semi-finals.

World Cup point table final standings

India ended the World Cup group stage with 15 points from nine matches, which includes one defeat and one washout. Australia ended with 14 points, England with 12 points and New Zealand with 11 points. Despite a great start, New Zealand ended with 11 points from nine matches, following its defeat to Pakistan, Australia and England.

First Semi-Final Date, Time and Venue, World Cup 2019.

The first semi-final will be played at the Old Trafford in Manchester on July 9, 2019. India will be playing against New Zealand for the first time in the World during first semi-finals. The semi-final will be telecasted live from 3 pm IST on Tuesday.

Second Semi-final Date,Time and Venue, World Cup 2019:

The second semi-final will be played at Edgbaston in Birmingham on July 11, 2019. Hosts England will be taking on five-time winners and defending Champions Australia during the second semi-finals. The second semi-final will be live from 3 pm IST on Thursday.

Background

India became the second team to qualify for the World Cup semi-finals on July 2, 2019 after it beat Bangladesh by 28 runs in its penultimate group stage match. England became the third team to qualify for the world cup semi-finals, after its thumping 119-run victory over New Zealand on July 3. Australia was the first team to qualify for the world cup semi-finals.

New Zealand become the fourth semi-finalist after Pakistan, despite having the same number of points got knockout out the World Cup 2019 due to lower run rate. New Zealand, which was previously one of the unbeaten teams in World Cup 2019 along with India, was seen struggling in its last three matches against Pakistan, Australia and England.

World Cup Semi Finals 2019 Pakistan: Pakistan knocked out of the World Cup 2019

Pakistan’s semi-final chances were almost impossible to begin with. A simple win over Bangladesh would have not helped Pakistan. Pakistan needed an impossibly big win over Bangladesh to have a chance at qualifying for semi-finals. According to mathematical calculations, Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Pakistan needed to win the toss and bat first against Bangladesh and win by 311 runs after posting a total of 350 runs or by 316 runs if they scored 400 runs or by 321 runs if they had managed to put up 450 runs on the scoreboard, which was next to impossible. Though Pakistan won the toss and batted first, it posted a total of 315 runs and could only win over Bangladesh by 94 runs.

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