India in semi final

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India in semi final

               the Indian team gets ready to face New Zealand in  their 7th World Cup semi-final in Manchester on Tuesday, it is important to look at the team's record in the last-4 stages in the tournament's history.India have played 6 World Cup semi-finals till date India have won 3  while losing an equal number of World Cup semi-finals
India will look to beat New Zealand in order to book a final berth for July 14.

           India have qualified for their 7th World Cup semi-final and are slated to meet New Zealand in Manchester for a high octane clash on Tuesday to book a place in the all-important final at Lord's on July 14.
         Incidentally, this is the 3rd time in a row that India have made it to the last-4 stage of the World Cup, having won the tournament in 2011 before losing to eventual winners Australia four years ago.
            Their opponents for Manchester, New Zealand and 5-time winners Australia are the only two teams with more semi-final appearances than India - 8 each (including World Cup 2019). India would love to better their overall record of 3 wins and 3 losses in the last-4 stage of the tournament.


Here is how India's previous semi  finals at the World Cup panned out  England vs India,  Manchester 1983 - India won by 6 wickets

       The first time India made it to the semis, frankly no one had given them any chance of doing so. But the underdogs stunned all experts to land in the 1st semi-final against England in Manchester.
         Impressive bowling performances from the likes of captain Kapil Dev, Roger Binny and Mohinder Amarnath bundled out the hosts for a mere 213 in their 60 overs. In reply, Yashpal Sharma hit a fighting 61 and a swashbuckling 51 from Sandeep Patil helped India cruise home with more than 5 overs to spare. The rest as we all know is history.

 India vs England  Mumbai 1987 - England won by  35 runs
          
England exacted sweet revenge in this grudge semi-final as the 2 teams again met in Mumbai for a place in the final. Indian bowlers including Kapil performed well once again but couldn't prevent Graham Gooch from scoring a fluent 115 as England posted a challenging 254/6 in their 50 overs.The Indian pursuit never assumed threatening status as Eddie Hemmings and Neil Foster shared 7 wickets between them and Mohammad Azharuddin (64) was the only Indian to cross 50. India's hopes went up in smoke as soon as Azhar fell with the team score at 204/5 as India lost the last 6 wickets for the addition of just 15 runs.

India vs Sri Lanka,  Kolkata 1996 - Sri Lanka won by default

Once again playing hosts to the World Cup, India must have fancied their chances going into the semi-final against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens and their joy knew no bounds when Javagal Srinath removed the explosive opposition openers Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharna for scores of 1 and 0 respectively. Impressive rearguard efforts from Roshan Mahanama and Arjuna Ranatunga boosted the Sri Lankan total to 251/8 which still looked a chaseable score for the Indians.
As soon as Sachin was dismissed, caught down the leg-side of Jayasuriya, the Indian innings went into a downwards spiral losing 6 more wickets for the addition of just 22 runs. The crowd at Eden Gardens erupted and started throwing bottles on the ground along with burning seats and paper cuttings in the stadium. The unruly scenes prompted match referee Clive Lloyd to award the match to Sri Lanka as the conditions weren't deemed fit to complete the match marking it only such occasion in a semi-final of a World Cup.

India vs Kenya , Durban 2003 - India won by 91 runs

           While India punched above their weight in the World Cups before the new millenium, in the early 2000s under Sourav Ganguly, they managed to become a genuine world force and they proved it in ample measure by reaching their 2nd final in 2003. Kenya who had a dream run till the semi-finals were easily brushed aside by an Indian side which was on a roll with the captain Ganguly hitting his 3rd century of the tournament helping his team post 270/4.
         Kenya's chase was rocked early by the bowling trio of Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra who left the opposition reeling at 104/7. Some late-order fightback from skipper Steve Tikolo and Collins Obuya took the team score over 150 before Sachin Tendulkar struck twice to seal Kenya's fate.
India vs Pakistan , Mohali 2011 - India won by 29 runs 

        A match worthy of it's billing saw both teams' fortunes ebb and flow as Wahab Riaz picked a 5-for restricting India to 260/9 when at 141/2 in the 26th over, India had looked well set to score over 300. Pakistan didn't find the going easy either as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
All Indian bowlers picked a couple of wickets apiece but Misbah-ul-Haq kept his team in the game as he kept running out of partners at the other end. Misbah was the last man out for 56, as India booked their place in the final against Sri Lanka at Wankhede, which, as we all know they won as well.
India have qualified for their 7th World Cup semi-final and are slated to meet New Zealand in Manchester for a high octane clash on Tuesday to book a place in the all-important final at Lord's on July 
      this is the 3rd time in a row that India have made it to the last-4 stage of the World Cup, having won the tournament in 2011 before losing to eventual winners Australia four years ago.
Their opponents for Manchester, New Zealand and 5-time winners Australia are the only two teams with more semi-final appearances than India - 8 each (including World Cup 2019). India would love to better their overall record of 3 wins and 3 losses in the last-4 stage of the tournament.  Here is how India's previous semi-finals at the World Cup panned out:
England vs India, Manchester 1983 - India won by 6 wickets
The first time India made it to the semis, frankly no one had given them any chance of doing so. But the underdogs stunned all experts to land in the 1st semi-final against England in Manchester.
           Impressive bowling performances from the likes of captain Kapil Dev, Roger Binny and Mohinder Amarnath bundled out the hosts for a mere 213 in their 60 overs. In reply, Yashpal Sharma hit a fighting 61 and a swashbuckling 51 from Sandeep Patil helped India cruise home with more than 5 overs to spare. The rest as we all know is history.
         India vs England, Mumbai 1987 - England won by 35 runs
England exacted sweet revenge in this grudge semi-final as the 2 teams again met in Mumbai for a place in the final. Indian bowlers including Kapil performed well once again but couldn't prevent Graham Gooch from scoring a fluent 115 as England posted a challenging 254/6 in their 50 overs.
            The Indian pursuit never assumed threatening status as Eddie Hemmings and Neil Foster shared 7 wickets between them and Mohammad Azharuddin (64) was the only Indian to cross 50. India's hopes went up in smoke as soon as Azhar fell with the team score at 204/5 as India lost the last 6 wickets for the addition of just 15 runs.
          India vs Sri Lanka, Kolkata 1996 - Sri Lanka won by default
Once again playing hosts to the World Cup, India must have fancied their chances going into the semi-final against Sri Lanka at Eden Gardens and their joy knew no bounds when Javagal Srinath removed the explosive opposition openers Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharna for scores of 1 and 0 respectively. Impressive rearguard efforts from Roshan Mahanama and Arjuna Ranatunga boosted the Sri Lankan total to 251/8 which still looked a chaseable score for the Indians.
And when India were sitting comfortably at 98/1 with superstar Sachin Tendulkar going great guns, victory seemed preeminent for India. Though what followed was nothing short of being one of the greatest embarrassments in the sport's history.
As soon as Sachin was dismissed, caught down the leg-side of Jayasuriya, the Indian innings went into a downwards spiral losing 6 more wickets for the addition of just 22 runs. The crowd at Eden Gardens erupted and started throwing bottles on the ground along with burning seats and paper cuttings in the stadium. The unruly scenes prompted match referee Clive Lloyd to award the match to Sri Lanka as the conditions weren't deemed fit to complete the match marking it only such occasion in a semi-final of a World Cup.
      India vs Kenya, Durban 2003 - India won by 91 runs
While India punched above their weight in the World Cups before the new millenium, in the early 2000s under Sourav Ganguly, they managed to become a genuine world force and they proved it in ample measure by reaching their 2nd final in 2003. Kenya who had a dream run till the semi-finals were easily brushed aside by an Indian side which was on a roll with the captain Ganguly hitting his 3rd century of the tournament helping his team post 270/4   Kenya's chase was rocked early by the bowling trio of Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra who left the opposition reeling at 104/7. Some late-order fightback from skipper Steve Tikolo and Collins Obuya took the team score over 150 before Sachin Tendulkar struck twice to seal Kenya's fate.
           India vs Pakistan, Mohali 2011 - India won by 29 runs
A match worthy of it's billing saw both teams' fortunes ebb and flow as Wahab Riaz picked a 5-for restricting India to 260/9 when at 141/2 in the 26th over, India had looked well set to score over 300. Pakistan didn't find the going easy either as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.
All Indian bowlers picked a couple of wickets apiece but Misbah-ul-Haq kept his team in the game as he kept running out of partners at the other end. Misbah was the last man out for 56, as India booked their place in the final against Sri Lanka at Wankhede, which, as we all know they won as well.
Australia vs India, Sydney 2015 - Australia won by 95 runs
After their 2003 final heartbreak, India were looking for some revenge of their own but Steven Smith's 105 and Aaron Finch's 81 put the match beyond India's control as Australia finished with 328/7. Revenge notwithstanding, the Indian batting cracked under pressure from the opposition bowlers Mitchell Starc, James Faulkner and Mitchell Starc as the famed lineup folded for 233 as MS Dhoni top-scored with 65.
          After their 2003 final heartbreak, India were looking for some revenge of their own but Steven Smith's 105 and Aaron Finch's 81 put the match beyond India's control as Australia finished with 328/7. Revenge notwithstanding, the Indian batting cracked under pressure from the opposition bowlers Mitchell Starc, James Faulkner and Mitchell Starc as the famed lineup folded for 233 as MS Dhoni top-scored with 65.
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