Well, we've finally made it to the Semi-Finals at the ODI Cricket World Cup! Only four teams remain, and all will be fighting out for a spot in the all-important Final on Sunday. The first Semi-Final will see first place India taking on fourth place New Zealand. While the second Semi-Final will see second place South Africa take on third place Australia.
All four teams have played well so far this tournament, especially India, who are yet to drop a game! South Africa lost two games on their way to the Semi-Finals, as is the case for Australia, who saw a remarkable turnaround from dropping their first two games. New Zealand were on a bit of a slide there for a while, but a win in their last clash helped them secure the fourth spot.
Our cricket experts here at Dabble preview all the important details of the two Semi-Finals matches and provide their best cricket tips:
Semi-Final 1: India vs New Zealand
Hosts India haven't lost a game and have dominated with bat and ball. Led by Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (both scoring over 500 runs) with the bat and a great bowling line up where their quicks and spinners have taken a lot of wickets. I think New Zealand's best chance of winning is batting first. Chasing at Wankhede Stadium has be tough where the ball has swung and spun a great deal.
Semi-Final 2: Australia vs South Africa
Another Australia versus South Africa World Cup Semi-Final. It has generally finished in heartbreak for South Africa. They have had a very good World Cup, their batting has a top-level ceiling of 350+, led by the retiring Quinten De Kock. Their bowling has been prolific too and they deserve to be playing Semi-Finals. Australia's slow start has built nicely with some good all-round efforts with innings of brilliance from Maxwell, Warner, Head and Marsh. Zampa has been superb and will play a big role if Australia are going to win. One worry for Aussies is the forecast of rain as South Africa finished second and will go through if it’s a wash out.
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