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New Zealand – Key Players To Watch Out for This Semi-Final

Now that we have narrowed down to 4 teams, you definitely don’t wanna miss out on the crucial players who might give your fantasy teams a valuable boost.

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This is the first in a series of 4 articles where I analyze who could be the potential performers for your fantasy teams.

Kane Williamson
‘Captain Kane’ and ‘Mr. Steady the Ship’ are some of the many terms used to describe Kane Williamson’s batting. He has scored 481 runs in 7 innings this Cricket World Cup 2019, involving 2 centuries.

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Even more striking is how heavily New Zealand have relied on Williamson to score runs. He has scored 30.23% of his team’s total runs, comfortably the most in the competition.

With other batsmen not being able to contribute much, expect him to ‘steady the ship’ again.

Trent Boult
Indian batsmen’s weakness against left arm fast bowling is heavily documented, and they have suffered against Boult before.

Boult has 15 wickets from 8 matches this tournament which suggests his form has been very reliable.

He is arguably the best New Zealand bowler, and will be in action in the beginning and at the death. That bring wickets, and fantasy points.

Lockie Ferguson
If Boult handles the beginning and the death, Ferguson is in command of the middle overs.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 29: Lockie Ferguson of New Zealand bowls during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and Australia at Lords on June 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

He throws intense, flaming, combustible and glowing balls of pure passion.

Unlike other teams, which rely on spinners to fetch them wickets, New Zealand prefer to blast other oppositions with Ferguson’s fiery pace.

He is one of the fastest bowlers in the tournament with almost 1/4th of his balls over 145 kmph.

He has 17 wickets in 7 matches so far and looks set for more. Ferguson has taken 26.15% of all wickets which New Zealand, and therefore he will be integral to New Zealand’s cause.

Jimmy Neesham
He has shown the value that a proper allrounder brings to a team.

MOUNT MAUNGANUI, NEW ZEALAND – JANUARY 03: Jimmy Neesham of the New Zealand Blackcaps leaves the field at the end of the innings during the One Day International match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Bay Oval on January 03, 2019 in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

In this tournament, he has taken 11 wickets in 7 innings and scored 201 runs at an average of 40.2; both figures are the third highest from New Zealand.

Simply put, he has been essential to New Zealand’s qualification to the semi-finals. What has also caught the eye is his improved strokeplay to spin.

He has upgraded his ability to maneuver the strike against spin which has resulted in him getting dismissed to spin only twice.

This would be very important against the Indian spinners, as both Indian wristspinners have managed to dominate the New Zealand batting lineup before.

Mitchell Santner
Much like Lyon, Santner has the special ability to generate extra bounce because of the extreme effort he puts in his run up.

This means that even if he cannot extract much spin, he can outclass the batsment through variable bounce.

Even the pitches have been deteriorating quite significantly, which means that Santner would play a significant role going forward.