The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is all set to host the first semi-final of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 on Wednesday, November 15. Team India will be taking on New Zealand in the all-important knockout match. They finished at the top of the table with 18 points and an NRR of 2.570, winning all of their nine league-stage matches.
On the other hand, New Zealand finished fourth on the table, with five wins from nine matches. They defeated Sri Lanka in their last league stage match. Head-to-head in ODIs, India has won 59 matches, whereas New Zealand has won on 50 occasions. India also emerged as the winners in their earlier encounter of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023, which took place in Dharamshala.
In this article, we take a look at the key player battles for the India vs New Zealand, semi-final match of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Key Player Battles for IND vs NZ
Rohit Sharma vs Trent Boult
New Zealand pacer Trent Boult has a great record against Indian skipper Rohit Sharma. He has often troubled the batter, dismissing his four times in One-Day International. Rohit has scored 107 runs at an average of 68.6. So far, Boult has taken 13 wickets in nine matches, playing a key role for New Zealand. On the other hand, Rohit Sharma has scored 503 runs at an average of 55.88, including a century and three fifties.
Kane Williamson vs Mohammed Shami
Kane Williamson will be up against Mohammed Shami in the first semi-final of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. The Indian pacer has proven himself as one of the best bowlers in the tournaments. He has taken 16 wickets in just five matches at an average of 9.56 and an economy rate of 4.78, including two five-wicket hauls and a four-wicket haul. He also has a great record against Williamson, dismissing him twice in ODIs. Meanwhile, Williamson has scored 187 runs in three matches.
Virat Kohli vs Tim Southee
Virat Kohli has once again proven why he is considered one of the greatest cricketers of all time. He has been in stunning form in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. In nine matches, he has scored 594 runs at an average of 99, including two centuries and five fifties. He is the leading run-scorer in the tournament so far. Kohli will be up against Tim Southee in the upcoming game. Southee has dismissed Kohli six times in ODI cricket. So far, New Zealand has taken four wickets in three matches in the World Cup.