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Worldcup Match 2023: A Preview of the Semi-Finals and Final

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 is in its final stage, with only four teams remaining in the competition. India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand have qualified for the semi-finals, after winning their respective group matches. The semi-finals and the final will be played in India, at three different venues: Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, Eden Gardens in Kolkata and Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Here is a preview of the upcoming matches, and what to expect from each team.

Semi-Final 1: India vs New Zealand

The first semi-final will be played on Wednesday, 15 November 2023, at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. This will be a clash between the two unbeaten teams in the tournament, as both India and New Zealand have won all their nine group matches. India have been the dominant force in the World Cup, scoring the most runs (3,212) and taking the most wickets (97) in the group stage. They have also registered the highest total (410/4) and the largest victory margin (160 runs) in the tournament. Their batting line-up is led by captain Virat Kohli, who has scored 634 runs at an average of 90.57, and is the leading run-scorer in the World Cup. He is supported by Rohit Sharma (527 runs), Shreyas Iyer (478 runs) and Rishabh Pant (412 runs), who have all scored centuries in the tournament. Their bowling attack is spearheaded by Jasprit Bumrah, who has taken 21 wickets at an economy rate of 4.38, and is the leading wicket-taker in the World Cup. He is complemented by Mohammed Shami (18 wickets), Ravindra Jadeja (16 wickets) and Yuzvendra Chahal (15 wickets), who have all been effective in containing the opposition.

New Zealand have been the surprise package in the World Cup, as they have defied the expectations and topped their group. They have scored the second-most runs (2,887) and taken the second-most wickets (94) in the group stage. They have also registered the second-highest total (373/6) and the second-largest victory margin (149 runs) in the tournament. Their batting line-up is led by captain Kane Williamson, who has scored 578 runs at an average of 82.57, and is the second-highest run-scorer in the World Cup. He is supported by Martin Guptill (467 runs), Ross Taylor (411 runs) and Tom Latham (358 runs), who have all scored half-centuries in the tournament. Their bowling attack is spearheaded by Trent Boult, who has taken 19 wickets at an economy rate of 4.89, and is the second-highest wicket-taker in the World Cup. He is complemented by Tim Southee (17 wickets), Mitchell Santner (14 wickets) and Lockie Ferguson (13 wickets), who have all been effective in taking wickets.

This will be the 12th encounter between India and New Zealand in the World Cup history, with India leading the head-to-head record 7-4. However, New Zealand have won the last two matches against India in the World Cup, including the semi-final in 2019. The match will be a battle between the two best teams in the tournament, and will be a test of their skills, temperament and resilience. The winner of this match will qualify for the final, and will have a chance to lift the coveted trophy.

Semi-Final 2: South Africa vs Australia

The second semi-final will be played on Thursday, 16 November 2023, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. This will be a clash between the two traditional rivals in the cricket world, as both South Africa and Australia have a history of intense and competitive matches. South Africa have been the second-best team in the World Cup, scoring the third-most runs (2,857) and taking the third-most wickets (93) in the group stage. They have also registered the third-highest total (399/7) and the third-largest victory margin (229 runs) in the tournament. Their batting line-up is led by captain Quinton de Kock, who has scored 549 runs at an average of 61.00, and is the third-highest run-scorer in the World Cup. He is supported by Faf du Plessis (448 runs), Rassie van der Dussen (397 runs) and David Miller (352 runs), who have all scored half-centuries in the tournament. Their bowling attack is spearheaded by Kagiso Rabada, who has taken 18 wickets at an economy rate of 5.06, and is the third-highest wicket-taker in the World Cup. He is complemented by Lungi Ngidi (16 wickets), Anrich Nortje (15 wickets) and Tabraiz Shamsi (14 wickets), who have all been effective in taking wickets.

Australia have been the third-best team in the World Cup, scoring the fourth-most runs (2,789) and taking the fourth-most wickets (91) in the group stage. They have also registered the fourth-highest total (367/9) and the fourth-largest victory margin (134 runs) in the tournament. Their batting line-up is led by captain Aaron Finch, who has scored 512 runs at an average of 64.00, and is the fourth-highest run-scorer in the World Cup. He is supported by David Warner (489 runs), Steve Smith (387 runs) and Glenn Maxwell (353 runs), who have all scored half-centuries in the tournament. Their bowling attack is spearheaded by Pat Cummins, who has taken 17 wickets at an economy rate of 5.11, and is the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the World Cup. He is complemented by Mitchell Starc (16 wickets), Adam Zampa (15 wickets) and Josh Hazlewood (13 wickets), who have all been effective in taking wickets.

This will be the 13th encounter between South Africa and Australia in the World Cup history, with Australia leading the head-to-head record 8-4. However, South Africa have won the last two matches against Australia in the World Cup, including the quarter-final in 2011. The match will be a battle between the two fierce rivals in the cricket world, and will be a test of their skills, temperament and aggression. The winner of this match will qualify for the final, and will have a chance to lift the coveted trophy.

Final: TBD vs TBD

The final will be played on Sunday, 19 November 2023, at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. This will be the culmination of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, and will decide the ultimate champion of the cricket world. The final will be played between the winners of the two semi-finals, and will be a contest between the two best teams in the tournament. The final will be a test of their skills, temperament and determination, and will be a spectacle for the cricket fans around the world. The winner of the final will lift the coveted trophy, and will be crowned as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 champion.

By sam