Former fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan has been making predictions about New Zealand’s potential victory over India in the upcoming semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2023 at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, scheduled for November 15. The expectation is that the pitch for the match will have a slower pace.

In response to the expected conditions, McClenaghan voiced his opinion that the Indian pacers might not be as impactful against the Kiwis.

“The wickets are playing right into the New Zealanders’ hands; India’s seamers have been outstanding, and this will take them out of the game. Santner for man of the match,” he shared on X.

Notably, Jasprit Bumrah (17 wickets), Mohammed Shami (16 wickets), and Mohammed Siraj (12 wickets) showcased remarkable performances during the group stage of the tournament.

The Indian team, known as the Men in Blue, achieved victory in all nine of their games, including a closely contested encounter against New Zealand, where they won by 4 wickets at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium. The match saw Virat Kohli contributing significantly with 95 runs and forming a crucial partnership with Ravindra Jadeja after a quick fall of wickets.

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It’s worth recalling that the Kane Williamson-led New Zealand team had previously eliminated India from the semi-finals in the 2019 World Cup.