The stage is set for an intense showdown in the first semi-final of the ODI World Cup 2023, where cricket powerhouses India and New Zealand will clash at the iconic Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday, November 15.

India, displaying their dominance in the tournament, have marched into the semi-finals unbeaten, showcasing a remarkable performance in the league stage. On the other hand, New Zealand secured the fourth spot on the points table, clinching victories in five out of their nine league-stage fixtures.

Notably, the encounter holds a special significance as it revives memories of the 2019 ODI World Cup, where the Kiwis emerged victorious in a high-stakes semi-final showdown against the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side at the Old Trafford cricket ground. The forthcoming battle promises to be a riveting contest, with both teams eager to make their mark on this prestigious cricketing stage.

Ahead of the contest, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has opened up on all the facets and their approach towards the game.

‘It’s all about the day’: Kane Williamson

Williamson acknowledged the formidable challenge posed by the Men in Blue, recognizing their excellent form. The right-handed batter emphasized the unpredictable nature of finals, highlighting that everything resets on the day of the match, conveying a sense of readiness for the tough encounter in the upcoming game.

“We know it’s going to be a really tough challenge, they’re a side playing extremely well but we also know that come finals time everything starts again. It’s all about the day,” Williamson said in the pre-match press conference.

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‘Anything can happen’

Williamson further underlined the hosts’ exceptional performance, recognizing them as one of the best teams. Despite that, the southpaw expressed confidence in his side that they have a chance in the finals by playing their best cricket. He emphasized the unpredictability of finals, suggesting that anything can happen when both teams bring their best.

“India have been exceptional. They’re one of, if not the best team going around and they’re playing cricket that matches that. But we know that on our best day, when we play our best cricket, it certainly gives us a chance and come finals time anything can happen,” the 33-year-old added.

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