CWC 2023 Semi-final prediction: Joining India, South Africa, and Australia, the 4th spot is all but confirmed to go to New Zealand after their thrashing over Sri Lanka in Bangalore in their last league game.
New Zealand’s NRR is 0.743, and Pakistan’s NRR is 0.036. For Pakistan to go over New Zealand’s NRR, they would have to defeat England by at least 287 runs, or if they are chasing a hypothetical target of 150, they’d have to get it in 3.4 overs. Both of these scenarios are nearly impossible.
World Cup 2023 semi-finals schedule:
India vs New Zealand in Mumbai and Australia vs South Africa in Kolkata.
The World Cup 2023 semifinals are going to see some classics being relived, with the terms “revenge” and “avenge” certainly going to be used a lot among the fans.
The Australia vs South Africa 1999 World Cup semi-final, which ended in a tie and Australia proceeded to the final, in Birmingham still is arguably the most thrilling and greatest ODI game of all time. On the other hand, the India vs New Zealand 2019 World Cup semi-final game in Manchester continues to give scars to the Indian fans.
CWC 2023 Semi-final prediction
India vs New Zealand semi-final prediction: India to win
Our prediction is for India to defeat New Zealand in Mumbai in the semi-final.
It would be the gravest of injustices in sport if this Indian team doesn’t win the trophy, let alone get knocked out in the semi-final. India’s playing XI seems to have become even stronger after the injury to Hardik Pandya, which allowed India to include Mohammed Shami in their line-up. India have simply been the best, most indomitable team in the tournament.
New Zealand, on the other hand, have suffered defeats to India, Australia, South Africa, and Pakistan, but have managed to sneak into the semis with wins over the other 5 teams, none of which have reached the top 4 this time.
Australia vs South Africa semi-final prediction: Australia to win
As per the CWC 2023 Semi-final prediction, our prediction is for Australia to beat South Africa in Kolkata in the semi-final.
The story of South Africa batting first and chasing in this tournament has been astonishingly contrasting. Kolkata is a tough pitch to bat, and the Proteas might come unstuck once again, as they did against India at this venue.
For Pat Cummins’ unit, while the focus have been on other teams, especially India and Pakistan, Australia have quietly done Australia things: after losing their first two games, Australia got on a roll with 6 consecutive wins, despite dealing with injuries, unavailabilities and lack of best form to some key players.