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| On Jul 8, 2019 5:23 PM IST

IND vs NZ MPL Team Prediction, Supercontest Team Combinations and Fantasy Cricket Tips


IND vs NZ MPL Team Prediction, Supercontest Team Combinations


India will meet New Zealand for the first semi-final match of the ICC World Cup 2019 in Manchester. This is going to be the first match between both the sides in this edition of the tournament as their solitary league fixture had got washed out due to rain. Moreover, this is going to be their first ever meeting in the semi-finals of the World Cup. New Zealand have played seven semis so far in the World Cups but they have gone in the finals just once.

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After traveling a  topsy-turvy road, black caps aim to dismantle India



New Zealand won their first six games and seemed unstoppable but they lost their last three games and made a cut into the finals backing on a better run rate.  New Zealand were the runner ups in the 2015 edition of the World Cup and they would hope to clinch what they missed the last time. However, crushing a dominant India would be nothing short of a huge challenge.


After claiming the top spot in the round-robin, India eye the title




India have an upper hand over the Kiwis in the recent ODIs as they have won six out of eight matches against them since 2017. Virat Kohli led India also registered a 4-1 series win against New Zealand in New Zealand. However, the black caps put up a show of dominance against India in the first warm-up match where they bundled out India for 179. India would hope to learn lessons from their last match and overcome one last shackle before the final.

Pitch Report Old Trafford

The pitch of Old Trafford has been batting friendly and the teams have comfortably crossed scores of 300 runs. A good flat surface will offer assistance to the batsmen. India have won two games at this venue and have won both of them. Moreover, reports suggest that the match will be played on a new pitch which will allow the ball to come through better and will also give the batsmen a chance to free their arms.

Team News

  • India might make a couple of changes in their line-up.
  • Mohammed Shami and Yuzvendra are most likely to return to the playing XI.
  • Kuldeep Yadav is likely to make way for Kuldeep Yadav.
  • Dinesh Karthik might get axed and Kedar Jadhav might get the spot.
  • Lockie Ferguson has recovered from his injury and is likely to replace Tim Southee in the setup.
  • Colin Munro is expected to remain benched for the semi-finals.

India Expected XI 

MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, R Pant, V Kohli, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik/Kedar Jadhav,  Hardik Pandya, R Jadeja, M Shami/Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav/Y Chahal

New Zealand Expected XI 

Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, L Ferguson

IND vs NZ Best MPL Team Prediction 


  • Rohit Sharma is having a ‘World Cup to Remember’. His romance with cricket has brewed 647 runs. He has smashed five centuries so far and he would hope to play yet another big knock to take India home.
  • Virat Kohli has scored 442 runs in 8 innings and is the second highest run scorer for the side. Although he is yet to score a century, he has churned runs consistently.
  • Jasprit Bumrah has taken 17 wickets in 8 innings and has returned 249.5 fantasy points so far.

New Zealand 

  • Lockie Ferguson is the third-leading wicket-taker of the tournament with 17 wickets in 7 games. He has returned 236.5 fantasy points so far in the MPL Super Team.
  • Trent Boult had returned figures of 4/33 in the warm-up game against India and he has returned 15 wickets in 8 matches. He has scored 236.5 fantasy points so far.
  • Ross Taylor and J Neesham have crossed the mark of 200 runs in the tournament for the side.
  • Kane Williamson has scored 481 runs in 7 innings at an average of 96.20. It includes one century and one half-century. He has returned 329.5 fantasy points for the MPL Super team and remains one of the game changers for the side.


Best captain, vice-captain combinations: 

  1. Rohit Sharma & Bumrah
  2. Virat Kohli & Kane Williamson
  3. Kane Williamson & Ross Taylor
  4. Ross Taylor & KL Rahul
  5. KL Rahul & Virat Kohli


Shalini Singh

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