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Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson were captains in India vs New Zealand Under 19 World Cup semi-final

first_imgIndia’s seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka at Headingley helped them top the points table ahead of Australia, as former defending champions were handed a 10-run defeat by South Africa in their last group match.England and New Zealand had finished at third and fourth position on the points table and will be facing the top two teams in two semi-finals in Manchester on July 9 and Birmingham on July 11 respectively.According to the World Cup 2019 format, India (top-ranked team) will take on New Zealand (fourth-placed team) in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019 in Manchester on July 9.New Zealand are in the World Cup semis for the 8th time while India will feature in their 7th World Cup semi-final.India have been ruthless under the leadership of Virat Kohli whereas Kane Williamson has led New Zealand from the front throughout the tournament.The clash between Men in Blue and the Black Caps shares eerie similarities with 2008’s U-19 World Cup semi-finals. During the U-19 World Cup semi-final, the two teams that faced off against each other were India and New Zealand.Well, the current captains of both teams Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson, who rose through the ranks of Under 19 cricket, led the two sides during the 2008 U-19 semi-finals.Ravindra Jadeja, Trent Boult and Tim Southee also participated in the U-19 semis. Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who helped India trump New Zealand by 3 wickets with an all-round man of the match performance, had accounted for the important wicket of Kane Williamson.advertisementRohit Sharma, who has been in supreme form during the World Cup, was representing India in 2008 Commonwealth Bank ODI tri-series. Rohit had scored 235 runs in 10 innings with an average of 33.57 in that series.It will be interesting to see if Virat Kohli can inspire his brigade to a win when India takes on Kane Williamson led New Zealand in the first semi-finals of World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford on July 9.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma playing big brother role in opening partnership with KL Rahul, says Aakash ChopraAlso Read | World Cup 2019 semi-finals line-up: India to play New Zealand after topping league stageAlso See:last_img read more