Ferguson set to return for New Zealand in World Cup semis

Tanya Simon
July 10, 2019

Can any New Zealander summon their own Grant Elliott moment, four years on in another World Cup semifinal?

"I said right from the very start, whoever we play we are going to have to be somewhere near our very best to beat them as well".

New Zealand's bowler Lockie Ferguson reacts after his delivery against Pakistan's batsman Mohammad Hafeez during the Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand and Pakistan at the Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham, England, Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

England, in their group stage, targeted everyone else besides Bumrah and Vettori feels New Zealand should follow the same tactics against India at the Old Trafford.

The Black Caps are understandably underdogs for the clash, having lost three games in a row, but as they will be quick to tell you, anything can happen in a one-off game.

Meanwhile, New Zealand hasn't yet posted a big score on the board.

"But when you get to this stage of the tournament, sometimes pressure can do amusing things on people as well".

In that case, the match would continue Wednesday from where it left off rather than be re-started.

Their destination depended on the Australia-South Africa game at Old Trafford, which went down to the wire.

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If New Zealand get off to a great start, with bat or ball, the streak will soon be forgotten.

India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (captain), Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.

New Zealand might have the wood on India in World Cups overall.

"But let's be optimistic and look at it like this: Kane Williamson always scores runs, and you more often than not you can say the same about Ross Taylor".

They now have the additional incentive of proving to Tendulkar that his prediction of an India appearance in the final was premature.

Ferguson has had an impressive first World Cup.

In response, Bruce Edgar accrued a unbeaten knock of 84 in an eight-wicket win, although it took the Black Caps 57 overs to get over the line as India were again sent packing at the group stages while the Kiwis advanced once more to the final four.

The key will be Trent Boult, he knows these Indian batsmen extremely well at this point.

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