The semifinals of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 will kick off with India taking on the 2015 runners-up New Zealand on July 9 (Tuesday) at the Old Trafford in Manchester. The second semifinal will see defending champions Australia face host England on July 11 (Thursday) at Edgbaston with Lord’s Cricket Ground hosting the finals on July 14.
India to win the World Cup
India have come to the semifinals topping the points chart with 15 points – seven wins and one washout. On the other hand, Australia lost their last group match against South Africa to finish with 14 points. England occupied the third place while New Zealand progressed by virtue of better run-rate over Pakistan. The Men in Greens won their last match against Bangladesh but fell behind in the net run-rate to bow out of the World Cup. The semifinals will see some exciting battles before we find out who takes the trophy home.
Meanwhile, if the bet rates are taken into consideration, India is likely to win the ICC World Cup 2019. Leading online betting websites such as Ladbrokes and Betway have placed the Indian team on top to win their third World Cup title after 1983 and 2011. Ladbrokes pegs the odds of an outright win by India at 13/8, followed by England (15/8), Australia (11/4) and New Zealand (8/1). Betway on the other hand, too, is hopeful for India to be the champions for the third time and places the odds at 2.8, followed by England (3), Australia (3.8) and New Zealand (9.5).
Rohit to top the run-scorers list
Furthermore, Indian opener Rohit Sharma is likely to finish as the highest run-scorer of the ICC World Cup 2019 according to Ladbrokes. England’s Joe Root, Australia’s David Warner, and India skipper Virat Kohli also feature in the top five. Rohit has amassed 647 runs from eight matches including five centuries and a fifty at an average of 92.42.