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Rampant India firm favourites against scrappy New Zealand

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MANCHESTER: The ICC World Cup was always a two-match affair for India. Yes, they had to play nine league games, but it was very unlikely that they wouldn’t make it to the top four. As expected, they had a smooth journey to the top of the table, slipping only once on the way. Their opponents in the first semifinal on Tuesday (today) started smooth before stumbling towards the finish line. However, they drove so fast in the initial phase that they eventually made it over the line as the fourth team. The journey until the line matters little as it’s a completely fresh start from here. It might sound over the top, but the league stage for India was about striking form and identifying their best combination for the knockouts. They’ve had a couple of injuries on the way but still managed to have good options and combinations for all situations. Now, they have to identify the best of the lot for they can’t slip any further.

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