In a highly anticipated showdown, India is set to face off against New Zealand in the ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2023 semifinal at Mumbai's iconic Wankhede Stadium on November 15. This clash mirrors their encounter at the same stage during the 2019 edition, adding an extra layer of excitement for fans.
Simultaneously, South Africa and Australia will battle it out in the second semifinal at Kolkata's Eden Gardens on November 16. The victors from these two matches will vie for the ultimate glory in the mega event's final in Ahmedabad on November 19.
The confirmation of the four semifinalists came after England's commanding 93-run victory over Pakistan at Eden Gardens on Saturday, sealing their place in the knockout stage of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023.
Regardless of the outcome in their final group stage match against the Netherlands on Sunday, host nation India is set to finish at the top of the standings. This ensures that Rohit Sharma's formidable side will square off against New Zealand in the semifinal on November 15, a fixture loaded with historical significance.
The Wankhede Stadium holds special memories for India, where they secured a dominant 302-run triumph over Sri Lanka earlier in the tournament, showcasing their prowess on this stage.
Despite a slim chance, Pakistan's dreams of reaching the semifinals were shattered by England, who posted a formidable 337/9 after choosing to bat. New Zealand secured the fourth spot in the standings, with India leading the table, followed by South Africa and Australia.
India now has an opportunity for redemption against New Zealand, the team that halted their campaign at the semifinal stage in the 2019 edition. A win in this clash would propel India to the final for the first time since 2011, rekindling hopes of reclaiming the coveted championship.