“Unstoppable India: On the Path to ODI World Cup Glory at Home?”

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The Men’s 2023 ODI World Cup has reached the semi-final stage in a race to play the final on November 19. Here we will round up the latest action and news from the event and bring you the insights from our reporters on the ground. Match preview: India vs New Zealand, Mumbai (2pm IST; 8.30am GMT; 7.30pm AEDT)

The unstoppable force and the shape-shifting object
India are having the World Cup of their wildest dreams and it has nothing to do with the fact they are undefeated in it. Expect a cagey start. Each team trying ever so hard not to make the first mistake, trying not so much to beat the opposition as outlasting them. New Zealand are masters at this art; at just staying in the game long enough until there is an opening to burst through. Team news, India (probable) 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 KL Rahul (wk), 6 Suryakumar Yadav, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Mohammed Shami, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Mohammed Siraj New Zealand (probable) 1 Devon Conway, 2 Rachin Ravindra, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Daryl Mitchell, 5 Tom Latham (wk), 6 Glenn Phillips, 7 Mark Chapman, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Lockie Ferguson, 11 Trent Boult Feature: Jasprit Bumrah is a species of exactly one

Start, for instance, with the meanness and exactness of Jasprit Bumrah’s new-ball spells. Even if you hadn’t watched a ball, the data would be enough. He has been unplayable at times. If you have seen him, then immediately you understand that the tone he has set at the start of an innings is as unforgiving as McGrath used to set. Forget scoring, how is one expected to survive this? Tactics board: Don’t lose the game inside the first 15 overs

India have lost their last four knockout matches against New Zealand across formats. New Zealand have been knocked out by (one of) the hosts in the last three ODI World Cups. One of these streaks will be broken at the Wankhede on Wednesday. Here’s how. News headlines

There is a chance that a reserve day could be needed for the Australia-South Africa game in Kolkata. Here’s how it works. Semi-final build-up: There’s no denying David Warner’s an ODI GOAT

David Warner deserves to be recognised as an all-time ODI great. In an era where the format has been left to wither and batters have struggled to find the right tempo, Warner has thrived. Of the 12 players with 22 ODI centuries or more, only AB de Villiers has both a higher average and strike rate than Warner. Among all the ODI greats Australia has produced, Warner stands head and shoulders above them, with the lack of matches he has played only further highlighting his extraordinary output. And in World Cups, when the pressure is at its greatest, he has elevated his performance to a level that only the very elite have achieved. Mark Nicholas: In South Africa’s quest for the future, there’s no room for heartbreaks of the past

To understand this fully, you have to revisit three scoreboards. The first, at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1992, which read “South Africa to win need 22 runs off 1 ball”. Ridiculous – blame the mathematicians. Though South Africa’s slow over rate had tipped the equation so firmly in England’s favor. The second, at Edgbaston in 1999, when just one run was required off the final four balls of the match with the unbeaten player of the tournament, Lance Klusener, on strike. More of that in a minute. The third, at Kingsmead in Durban in 2003 – which, to be fair to the South African protagonists, was a tight Duckworth-Lewis job – showed one run required off one ball when the batters in the middle thought none were required of one ball.

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