How India beat New Zealand. New Zealand may have emerged as a bogey side for India in recent years but the host nation has knocked out the Kiwis in the last three World Cups.

India has dominated the group stage like never before and is the clear favorite to go on and win the World Cup itself because of how they have dismantled sides thus far. However, fans of the team would be working hard on tempering their emotions, as now India plays the semi-finals and the final, two games in which all those group games they won comfortably were nothing more than stepping stones. Furthermore, it is almost like those steps disappear as soon as you reach this stage – it doesn’t matter how dominant you have been in this tournament, if you lose this, you are out.

India has not reached the ODI World Cup final since they won it in 2011. Moreover, they have effectively reached the final of this tournament just three times in its entire history – in 1983 where they won the title against a dominant West Indies, in 2003 where they lost to the mighty Australia and in 2011 when they beat Sri Lanka. India was knocked out in the semi-finals in the two tournaments since 2011 and in 2019, that blow came from New Zealand in a thriller of a game. India had last defeated New Zealand in a World Cup match in 2003 before they did so earlier in this tournament.

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India Overcomes Kiwi Challenge in Dharamsala Cricket(How India beat New Zealand)

That game in Dharamsala was seen as India’s biggest challenge at that point. Both sides had won all four of their opening matches and the Kiwis for the first, and thus far only, time put pressure on the Indian bowling attack through the middle overs of their innings. But India came roaring back and took the game by seven wickets.

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Getting Williamson and Ravindra

New Zealand are not a big-hitting team but they are a team that possesses some big-hitters. Daryl Mitchell can score quickly when needed and down the order, there is Glenn Phillips. But this is no T20I and they would be hoping against hope that a steady hand in the top order takes the innings deep and if it is either Rachin Ravindra or Captain Williamson, it could spell trouble for India. The 23-year-old Ravindra has shown his ability to take the game away on his own several times in an extraordinary World Cup campaign and India would need no reminders about why Williamson’s wicket is important.

Ravindra and Williamson are the two players New Zealand will be depending upon to see off that phase of 15 overs if they bat second or see off India’s extraordinary pace attack batting first and if they do survive into the middle overs, the hosts will have a proper challenge in their hands to say the least. Ravindra had fallen to Shami in Dharmsala, but only after he scored 75 and put up a 159-run partnership with Mitchell.

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