Team India send warning to Kiwis ahead of IND vs NZ semifinals with Diwali fireworks


India scripted a record as Top 5 batters ended up scoring 50+ against Netherlands and New Zealand should take it as a warning sign ahead of the semifinals.

37 boundaries, 16 sixes, 3 half-centuries, two centuries and 410 runs — India Cricket Team has sent warnings to New Zealand ahead of the big IND vs NZ Cricket World Cup semifinal on Nov 15. India’s top five batted in the IND vs NED game, with Rohit Singh, Shubman Ghll and Virat Kohli each hitting half-centuries. Shreyas iyer and KL rahul then smashed some impressive centuries. It was a positive sign for Team India, as Kiwis have always been a problem for them.

India Cricket Team might have a slight advantage in bilateral cricket over New Zealand, but that is not true in ICC tournaments. India lost their last semifinal against New Zealand in ODI World Cup, and they also lost the WTC Final 2020 to New Zealand.

New Zealand has a 5-4 edge over India in the ICC Cricket World Cup.

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However, India Cricket Team are in a phenomenal form in Cricket World Cup 2023. India hasn’t even noticed Hardik Pandya’s departure. With all the batsmen scoring runs and all of the bowlers taking wickets, India hasn’t felt his absence. India warmed up in style before the mega clash on November 15 in Mumbai.

Rohit Sharma: India captain have already notched up 500 runs in the Cricket World Cup 2023. Rohit Sharma’s career is on top gear. He has scored a century and 3 half-centuries. Rohit Sharma warmed up with a 61 runs knock in 54 balls against Netherlands before the IND vs NZ semi-final. He has the highest strike rate among openers, at 121.49.

Shubman Gill: He may not have got a big hundred in his maiden World Cup campaign but with 270 runs including three half-centuries at an average of 38.57 and a strike rate of 104.65, he has had a decent WC. On Sunday, he scored his third fifty with a 32-ball 51.

Virat Kohli: The top-scorer of Cricket World Cup 2023, Virat Kohli has been chasing the World Record 50 ODI tons. In Bengaluru, Kohli missed out on the big score, scoring only 51 off 56 deliveries. But with 594 runs at an average of 99.00 including two centuries and five half-centuries, Kohli has sent a warning to Trent Boult & Co in the IND vs NZ semifinal.

India Cricket Team send warning ahead of IND vs NZ Cricket World Cup semifinals, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul on song.India Cricket Team send warning ahead of IND vs NZ Cricket World Cup semifinals, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul on song.

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Shreyas Iyer: There were doubts whether Shreyas Iyer should make way for someone like Ishan Kishan or Suryakumar Yadav. Mumbai’s star has shut down all critics after scoring 82 runs, 77 runs and 128 runs in his last 3 innings. At No 4, he’s not only a strong anchor, but also a threat to the bowlers. Shreyas iyer had a strike rate of 136.17 on Sunday. He has also worked to improve his short-ball skills in order to be ready for the IND vs NZ semi-final.

KL Rahul: Need to keep wickets? Need to play anchor role? Need to play attacking shots or anchor role? KL Rahul was the man of all occasions at the Cricket World Cup. Rahul’s 347 runs have an average score of 69.40. On Sunday, Rahul unleashed his beastly side. He was the fastest Indian to score a WC century, scoring 102 off only 64 balls. And at No 5, he’s the key against Kiwis.

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