Cricket World Cup Semi-Finals Preview

The Cricket World Cup is coming to a close this week and the worlds best teams are battling it out in the semi-finals first. India, Australia, England and New Zealand all made it through after finishing in the top four.

The two semi-finals are the be held at Old Trafford and Edgebaston. The winner of both these games will then meet at Lords on Sunday for the final.

These are going to be two very exciting finals. Each of the teams left make up the top four teams in the ODI world rankings.

India vs New Zealand

These two teams unfortunately never played each other in the group stages. Their game was abandoned due to rain. India is the favourite for this game and has the better squad in batting and bowling terms. They won seven games and lost one compared to New Zealand who won five and lost three, both with one abandoned.

In terms of World Cup success, India again is the better side. They have won the World Cup twice, the last one coming in 2011. In 2015 the got to the semi-finals but were beaten by overall winners Australia. New Zealand has never won the World Cup. Their best finish was in the last competition where they got to the final but were beaten by seven wickets against Australia.

Both sides should have their best players available. Captain and number one ODI batsman in the world Virat Kholi will play as will the number two ODI batsman Rohit Sharma. India also has the best ODI bowler in the world, Jasprit Bumrah. New Zealand has the number five and eight batsmen in Ross Taylor and captain Kane Williamson. Trent Boult is just behind Bumrah in the rankings and his will play as should Lochie Ferguson who should be back from injury.

For their semi-final this year, India is priced at 3/10 to win on Bet365 with New Zealand at 5/2. In terms of winning the whole competition, India are again the favourites at 13/8, with The Kiwis the outsiders at 9/1!

England vs Australia

One of the fiercest rivalries in cricket will take place at Edgebaston in the second semi-final. This is the second time they will have met in this competition and one of many over the summer as The Ashes starts after the World Cup. Australia beat England in the group stages after a less than impressive performance by the host nation. Australia came second in the groups with seven wins and England third with six wins.

In Australia, you have the most successful ODI team in International cricket ever. They have won the World Cup five times, the last one coming in 2015. They have been that dominant in this format in the recent years that they won four out of the last five competitions. England has never won it and have been disappointing in the recent World Cups. Their best finish is runner ups, which last came in 1992! In 2015 they didn’t get out of the group stages, so they are already doing better than then!

England is rated as the best ODI team in the world and were the favourites going into this competition. In terms of ODI rankings, England has Root as the seventh-best batter, not a single bowler in the top ten and Stokes as the number two all-rounder and Woakes at number eight. Australias team has Warner ranked as the sixth-best batter with their captain Finch taking the tenth spot. Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc are in the top ten bowlers but they don’t have any in the top ten all-rounders.

England go into this game as the favourites on Bet365. they are priced at 4/6, with Australia just behind at 6/5. In terms of the World Cup as a whole, the odds are tight again between the two sides. England are priced at 15/8 and Australia 3/1.