In the first Semifinals of the ODI World Cup 2023, hosts India will take on New Zealand at the iconic Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on November 15. In the crucial game Indian team under the leadership of Rohit Sharma will be keen to revenge their 2019 World Cup semifinal loss against the Black Caps.
Meanwhile, Kane Williamson-led New Zealand will be keen to make it to their third consecutive finals. They have lost the last two World Cups in finals against Australia in 2015 and England in 2019. However, the team will need to address some issues ahead of a marquee clash. It's worth noting that the marquee clash will be witnessed by some prominent figures in the Wankhede Stadium.
One of the famous personalities will be former England football skipper David Beckham. Beckham will attend the game as a goodwill ambassador of UNICEF. It's worth noting that Beckham has represented Manchester United and Real Madrid as midfielder. The game will start at 2:00 PM IST. It will be interesting to see how things unfold in a do-or-die game.
Can India continue their winning run?
In the 2023 campaign, India showcased peak performance, securing victories in all nine matches, including a triumph against the Blackcaps in Dharamshala. Virat Kohli's impressive innings of 95 played a pivotal role in India's four-wicket win. During the game, Mohammed Shami's five-wicket haul restricted New Zealand, limiting them to a total of 273 runs.
India successfully chased down the target with 12 balls to spare. Following their loss to India, New Zealand faced a challenging phase, enduring a four-game losing streak before clinching the final semi-final spot with a commanding win over Sri Lanka. India's dominance continued as they defeated England, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and the Netherlands after the encounter with New Zealand, securing the top position on the points table.