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ICC World Cup 2019 Predictions : The most probable semi finalists

At the halfway stage of the ICC World Cup 2019, four teams look good to make it to the Semi Finals – India, Australia, England and New Zealand, while the other six teams, with the exception of the promising Bangladesh, have looked out of sorts.

Bad weather has really made the ICC World Cup 2019 a damp squib. Hopefully, we get some decent weather conditions in the latter part of the tournament.

Here are some of the cricket betting tips on which teams are most likely to be the four possible semi finalists of the ICC World Cup 2019 :

India : India seems to be the favourite to win the ICC World Cup 2019 unless they have a bad day during the knock out stage. This is probably the best squad that India has got till date even though the team has lost a couple of players – Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to injuries with the latter expected to come back in the tournament at some point of time. Lokesh Rahul has looked good replacing Shikhar Dhawan at the top while Vijay Shankar has provided the extra bowling option for Virat Kohli.

Virat Kohli's Team India has looked the best so far in the ICC World Cup 2019. Photo courtesy of Anand Anil/Wikipedia.org.

Virat Kohli’s Team India has looked the best so far in the ICC World Cup 2019. Photo courtesy of Anand Anil/Wikipedia.org.

India’s continued success will depend on whether Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli keep up their form right till the end of the tournament, which remains to be seen. Even otherwise, there are enough resources for India to pull off victories going forward against any opposition.

Virat Kohli seems to have dramatically improved his captaincy in this tournament and some of his moves on the field have really paid off.

As of now, India has done most of the hard work in the tournament beating South Africa, Australia and most importantly Pakistan. More than the victories, the team has looked quite clinical in executing itself in all the three departments of the game.

Australia : Despite being the defending champions, Australia do not look as intimidating as they did in the previous editions when they were led by the likes of Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke. Unlike the Australian teams of the past, the present team led by Aaron Finch is a mixture of three or four world class players and a lot of promising players.

Australia will depend a lot on David Warner and Steven Smith to score big. Aaron Finch is quite unpredictable while the rest of the batsmen are not quite established at the international level. On the bowling front, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins are the strike bowlers who have done well so far. The rest of the bowlers need to up their game if Australia has to retain the World Cup.

England : The hosts have come up with one of the best squads they ever had in a world cup. Unlike in the past, this England side has real ODI and T20 experts such as Jason Roy, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer to go along with Joe Root, the man for all formats of the game. The team has looked confident and in home conditions is definitely the favourite in all the matches it plays.

The only thing that could stop England is quality spin bowling from sides like India. England has looked invincible on most occasions thanks to their batting depth and the bowling options that have. Surprisingly, they lost to Pakistan and Sri Lanka, which has put them under pressure to do extremely well in their remaining matches to seal a spot in the semis. If they do get into the final four, their ability to perform under pressure will be tested as England is yet to lift a cricket world cup. However, this edition they have the resources who could help them win their maiden title!

New Zealand : The Kiwis have been a decent side in most world cups and this time it is no different although there are quite a few new names trying to make their mark in international cricket. Bowling has been the strength for the Kiwis and with the inclusion of Lockie Fergusson, it looks even better.

Trent Boult is one of the most dangerous bowlers in the world. Whenever he gets the ball to swing around, it is difficult for most top-order batsman to survive, especially the right-handers against his late inswingers. Tim Southee, Matt Henry, and Jimmy Neesham are quite handy in helpful bowling conditions, which makes New Zealand a formidable team.

Like England, New Zealand is yet to go the distance to win a world cup. This time they are being led by the cool and composed Kane Williamson, who will have to keep on batting well if the Kiwis have to win their maiden world cup.

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