Déjà Vu: 11 Years After Their U-19 Semis Clash, Virat Kohli And Kane Williamson Are All Set To Write A New Chapter In World Cup 2019 Semi-final

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India is all set to face New Zealand in the first semi-final of the ongoing World Cup. The semi-final has eerie similarities with the 2008 U-19 World Cup semi-final. Details here.

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Team India has had a great World Cup campaign until now. Their seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka at Headingley on Saturday ensured that they ended on a winning note and leapfrogged Australia after their 10-run defeat by South Africa. India's win and Australia's defeat meant that the 2011 winners topped the points table and face fourth-place New Zealand at Old Trafford. It will be an intriguing match-up as these two sides have not played each other at this World Cup. Their game at Trent Bridge on June 13 was abandoned without a ball bowled. People are already calling it 'the match that was washed out, will now be a knockout'

Virat Kohli and men have been phenomenal with all departments firing full cylinders under the leadership whereas Kiwis’ skipper, Kane Willamson has led his team from the front.

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This semi-final is special as the Black Caps are in the World Cup semi-finals for the eighth time while the Men in Blue in their seventh. This semi-final also has eerie similarities with 2008’s U-19 World Cup semi-finals. 

That year, India and New Zealand met in the semi-finals. Kohli and Willamson both made their way into national teams after promising performances in their U-19 teams. Surprisingly, both current skippers led the two sides in 2008.

Ravindra Jadeja, Trent Boult and Tim Southee who are in the current squads were also part of the squad in the U-19 semis. Kohli who was the Man of the Match that match also took Kane Willamson’s wicket. 

The knockout semi-final on Tuesday will be nothing short of intense as both teams will put their best foot forward. 

India U-19 went on to win that semi-final and eventually the U-19 World Cup in 2008. Will history repeat itself? Fans will have to wait and see. 

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