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Ferguson happy for New Zealand to be World Cup's 'scrappers'

New Zealand's Lockie Ferguson is happy for his side to be the World Cup's New Zealand's Lockie Ferguson is happy for his side to be the World Cup's"scrappers"More
Cary Erickson | 10 July, 2019, 18:01

ALL ABOUT NEW ZEALAND ●New Zealand have reached the World Cup semi-final on most occasions, along with Australia (8).

'For sure we're looking to do our scouting over the next few days and make sure we have a plan to sort of take him down as he's been their top run scorer and obviously an important wicket to get early on.

The Black Caps struggled for runs in that series, not once did they pass 300 and the same problems have followed them to the World Cup where they are also waiting to pass that figure.

His side appear to have an embarrassment of riches at their disposal, with Bumrah saying: "It's a good headache to have when everyone's performing and everyone's in good nick and that's something you love to have going into a crucial game like next week's semi-final".

Bumrah is now leading the wickets tally for India at the showpiece event with 17 wickets from eight matches and is tied on the overall list at third place with New Zealand's Lockie Ferguson who also has taken the same number of wickets.

The Black Caps finished fourth in the group and only made the semi-finals on net run-rate having finished level on points with Pakistan.

The one you have right now has played 71 ODI innings since the 2015 World Cup.

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A three-match losing streak can evaporate pretty quickly with a great ten overs at the start.

Their destination depended on the Australia-South Africa game at Old Trafford, which went down to the wire.

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India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (captain), Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah. In fact, there is no doubt that Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor will play a big part in getting New Zealand to a par score.

"New Zealand have got all the ingredients in place to put on a big total. I know they haven't done it yet", he added.

The X-Factor of Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme in the middle order, with bat and ball alike, could be a quiet key to the clash, while on the bowling side, it's likely to fall on Trent Boult or Lockie Ferguson to take apart the Indian top order, which will require them to. India like to assess it and build what they think is an appropriate score from that.