The Black Caps have lost their last three matches.

New Zealand were likely gearing up for a semi-final against their Antipodean foes Australia but it is India who they are faced with at Old Trafford.

Australia looked set to top the group and therefore face the out-of-form Black Caps, but a shock defeat to South Africa in Manchester on Saturday allowed India to snatch first place.

Here, PA looks ahead to the first Cricket World Cup semi-final.

Run-machine Rohit to go big again

  • 673 – Sachin Tendulkar, India 2003
  • 659 – Matthew Hayden, Australia 2007
  • 647 – Rohit Sharma, India 2019
  • 638 – David Warner, Australia 2019
  • 606 – Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh 2019

Fewer patches can ever have been more purple than the one India opener Rohit Sharma is currently enjoying.

His 103 in victory over Sri Lanka on Saturday was his fifth hundred of the competition, breaking the record for most centuries at a single World Cup.

It was also his third in succession – including a score of 102 against England.

Few would back against the 32-year-old, who has moved back to the top of the World Cup run-scoring charts, continuing that run against New Zealand.

Rohit has now scored 647 runs, nine more than Australia’s David Warner and both have Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 673 – the most runs scored at a World Cup, in 2003 – firmly in their sights.

Pair to square off for the first time at Old Trafford

India have won twice at Old Trafford

India have won twice at Old Trafford (Martin Rickett/PA)

The format of the tournament this year meant that every side faced each other during the group phase.

That did not allow for the great British weather, however, with India and New Zealand’s scheduled clash at Trent Bridge one of a handful of matches to be washed out early in the competition.

This is therefore the first time these two will have met, but it is India who can call on positive recent memories against the Black Caps.

Virat Kohli’s men have won six of the last seven completed one-day internationals between the two sides, including securing a 4-1 series win in New Zealand back in January.

India have played twice at Old Trafford already in the World Cup, easing to victories over Pakistan and West Indies, while New Zealand scraped over the line against Windies – as Carlos Brathwaite fell inches short of completing a stunning chase.

Will we see the real New Zealand?

Martin Guptill has not found his best form

Martin Guptill has not found his best form (Mark Kerton/PA)

The Black Caps started the World Cup in fine fashion, all-but securing their progression to the semi-finals with three matches to spare, which was a good job as they lost all three.

New Zealand qualified ahead of Pakistan on net run rate and now must somehow produce form that has eluded them for the latter part of the group phase.

In truth, many of their players have failed to perform throughout the competition. They have been carried by skipper Kane Williamson, who has hit 481 runs, and pacemen Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson who have shared 32 wickets.

Martin Guptill top scored at the 2015 World Cup, but has managed just 166 runs in eight innings while his two opening partners during the tournament – Colin Munro and Henry Nicholls – have scored just 133 between them.

This is a far cry from the swashbuckling New Zealand of four years ago. They will perhaps throw caution to the wind in a bid to arrest their slump and, if so, that makes the likes of Guptill a dangerous proposition.

Recommended Bets

India to win
Rohit Sharma to score a century
Martin Guptill to top score for New Zealand

Takeaways

Rohit Sharma has hit five centuries – the most ever at a single World Cup – and three in succession.
India have won six of their last seven completed one-day internationals against New Zealand.