India and New Zealand will collide in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final at Manchester’s Old Trafford on later today.
The Men in Blue have looked sharp throughout the pool phases but performing in a semi-final is a different ball game.
The Kiwis, on the other hand, started the tournament with 5 wins out of 6 but had to face disappointments in the remaining fixtures.
Team India will feature in a third consecutive World Cup semi-final (2011, 2015) while the Black Caps also played and won their semi-final match in 2015.
Interestingly, India scheduled match against the Kiwis at Trent Bridge got washed out.
Virat Kohli-led Indian side impressed in the group stages, playing 9, winning 7, losing 1 and a washout.
However, India and New Zealand have never faced each other in a World Cup semi-final but have collided several times in pool fixtures.
India and New Zealand have faced each other in 8 matches in ICC Cricket World Cup tournaments. Out of these 8 games, New Zealand has won 3 whereas India has come out victorious on 4 occasions.
So Let’s take a look back at these 8 previous India vs New Zealand World Cup encounters.
India vs New Zealand, 1975 Prudential World Cup, Manchester: NZ won by 4 wickets
India and New Zealand met at the inaugural 1975 World Cup, in a Group A match at Old Trafford. India won the toss and elected to bat first and was bundled out for 230.
New Zealand opener Glenn Turner scored an unbeaten 117 as the Kiwis won the game by 4 wickets.
India 230/10 (60)
India vs New Zealand, 1979 Prudential World Cup, Leeds: NZ won by 8 wickets
Bruce Edgar starred with the bat as Kiwis went on to chase 183 with ease. Edgar remained unbeaten after the New Zealand bowlers did extremely well.
Sunil Gavaskar’s sluggish 55 could only propel India to 182 as Lance Cairns and Billy McKechnie destroyed India’s batting order.
India 182/10 (55.5)
India vs New Zealand, 1987 Reliance World Cup, Bangalore; Nagpur
India won the World Cup for the very first time after beating West Indies at Lord’s in 1983. Four years later, In 1987, India hosted the tournament.
India played New Zealand twice in this World Cup (Both in a Group A fixture) and won both the games.
In the first match, Bangalore was the venue, as India went on to beat New Zealand for the first time in WC.
Navjot Singh Sidhu’s 75 and Kapil Dev’s 72 inspired India to 16 runs victory. Although, Indian bowlers were struggling to break Ken Rutherford and Andrew Jones partnership before Maninder Singh and Ravi Shastri bagged a couple of wickets to turn the tie.
Nagpur was the venue in the next match, as India’s top order blasted with Gavaskar scoring 103 off 88 deliveries. Krish Srikanth and Azharuddin also chipped in with good contributions as India chased 222 with 9 wickets to spare.
India vs New Zealand, 1992 Benson and Hedges World Cup, Dunedin: NZ won by 4 wickets
After failing to beat India twice in the 1987 WC, New Zealand defeated Indian by 4 wickets at Dunedin.
Sachin Tendulkar’s brilliant 87 went in vain as Mark Greatbatch and Andrew Jones’ the fifties took New Zealand all the way through.
India vs New Zealand, 1999 ICC Cricket World, Nottingham: NZ won by 5 wickets
Mohammad Azharuddin won the toss and elected to bat first against the Kiwis at Trent Bridge. Despite a shaky start from the Indian top order, India crossed 250 runs mark thanks to Ajay Jadeja’s composed 76.
In their reply, NZ started well with Matt Horne, who scored 74. After his dismissal, Kiwis were looking shaky, before Roger Twose scored an unbeaten 60 to win the game for the Kiwis.
India vs New Zealand, 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup, Centurion:
Zaheer Khan gave a perfect start after India decided to bowl first. Zaheer dismissed Craig McMillan and Nathan Astle off consecutive deliveries of the 1st over. The Blackcaps were reduced to 146/10.
Indian top-order started miserably with Tendulkar, Sehwag and Ganguly lost their wicket cheaply. India were 21/3 at a stage before composed half-centuries from Rahul Dravid and Mohammad Kaif helped India cross the line.
Indias hasn’t beaten New Zealand in a World Cup game in England, while the Blackcaps are yet to win a WC game against India outside England.