Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Ferguson Happy for New Zealand to be 'Scrappers' Going into Semis

Ferguson Happy for New Zealand to be 'Scrappers' Going into Semis

The Black Caps were unbeaten in their first six matches at the World Cup but after finishing the group stage with losses to Pakistan, Australia and England, it was only their net run rate that earned them a place in the semi-finals.

Eoin Morgan's team take on the old enemy at Edgbaston for a place in next Sunday's final at Lord's, where either India or New Zealand await.

India take on New Zealand in the first semifinal of the ICC World Cup at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday.

Finch now has the opportunity to join the illustrious names of Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke by leading Australia to World Cup glory.

And as the race to reach the tournament showpiece at Lord's on 14 July draws to a close, here's a look at the World Cup records of the four teams who are still in contention for silverware.

With form behind, the Indian top-order has tormented every bowling attack in this World Cup.

Sri Lanka also tweaked their side from their last match against West Indies. Their batting is overly reliant on the classical brilliance of Kane Williamson and the power of Ross Taylor, although the latter hasn't batted with the freedom of years past, probably because he recognises how important his wicket is to his side's chances.

"They'll get Jason Roy back for the fixture, so we're going to have a few days now to discuss if we need to change anything but I think the way we played England last time was a great blueprint moving forward". After team India's win all Indians were hoping South Africa to win the match against Australia.

Australia were unchanged from the side that thrashed New Zealand by 86 runs in a group match at Lord´s last Saturday. This win of South Africa helped team India to gain the top position in the table.

Australia, who were struggling to find their rhythm just weeks before the commencement of the mega event, have come out as a much better unit. The black caps set a target of 221, which India chased down losing just one wicket.

The forecast for Birmingham on Thursday shows light rain during the morning - play is due to begin at 10.30am - with better prospects for the afternoon.

If a Semi Final ends as a No Result or a Tie (with the SuperOver unable to completed), even after the use of the Reserve Day, the team that finished higher on the League Stage Points Table will progress to the Final. Left-arm bowling spearhead Mitchell Starc has taken 26 wickets as of now and has been the key for Australia's success in the ongoing World Cup.

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