World Cup 2019 semi-finals line-up: India to play New Zealand after topping league stage

first_img Next World Cup 2019 semi-finals line-up: India to play New Zealand after topping league stageWorld Cup 2019: It’s confirmed. India will take on New Zealand while Australia will play England in the World Cup 2019 semi-finals.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta ManchesterJuly 7, 2019UPDATED: July 7, 2019 16:01 IST India will play against New Zealand on July 9 before England square off against Australia 2 days later (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSIndia, Australia, England and New Zealand are in the World Cup semi-finalsIndia, the table toppers, will play New Zealand in Manchester on July 9Australia, who finished 2nd, will play England in Birmingham on July 11After 45 matches in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, 4 top teams will gear up for what should be two exciting semi-finals in Manchester on July 9 and Birmingham on July 11.India, Australia, England and New Zealand will vie for spots in the final to be played at Lord’s on July 14. These 4 teams, especially India and Australia, have been ruthless throughout the 2019 World Cup.England, World Cup 2019 hosts, have reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since 1992. Australia and New Zealand are in the World Cup semis for the 8th time while India will feature in their 7th World Cup semi-final.Australia have won the World Cup 5 times while India have lifted the trophy twice in 1983 and 2011. New Zealand and England are yet to win the World Cup. The line-up of World Cup 2019 semi-finals (India Today Photo)India have had a dream run in the World Cup despite problems in the middle-order. They lost Shikhar Dhawan after he suffered a fractured thumb against Australia but KL Rahul moved up the order to partner Rohit Sharma and the two have been formidable.Virat Kohli did not score any hundreds in the group stages but he led from the front. Rohit Sharma scored a record-shattering 5 hundreds and finished the league matches with 647 runs.Australia had lost only one game heading into their final group match against South Africa in Manchester. Riding on David Warner and Aaron Finch’s top form at the top, the Aussies dominated every team apart from India. Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma were too hot for Australia to handle.advertisementAustralia were the table-toppers for the better part of the tournament. The defending champions took on South Africa in the final group match of the 2019 World Cup and were in deep trouble chasing 326.South Africa beat Australia in a tense finish by 10 runs in Manchester on Saturday to keep the latter at 2nd spot in the points table.England, who finished 3rd in the points table, were stunned by Sri Lanka. England were one of the pre-tournament favourites but back-to-back defeats to Sri Lanka and Australia made them a nervous lot. However, resounding victories over India and New Zealand meant they made it to the semi-finals for the first time in 27 years.England will rely on their batting fire-power and ace pacers Mark Wood and Jofra Archer in the knockout stages.New Zealand were on fire for the most part of the World Cup but their batting frailties were exposed by Pakistan, Australia and England. 3 successive defeats gave the Black Caps a few sleepless nights but Pakistan needed an improbable win against Bangladesh to qualify for the semi-finals. That did not happen and New Zealand were through to the last-4.Here is how the World Cup semi-finals look like: India vs New Zealand at Manchester on July 9Australia vs England at Birmingham on July 11Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul hundreds help India crush Sri LankaAlso Read | Happy Birthday MS Dhoni: India’s most successful captain turns 38For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow World Cup semi-finallast_img read more

Europe should make mobility central in migration policy UN rights expert says

“The European Union (EU) must recognize that irregular migration is a result of policies prohibiting immigration,” the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, addressing the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. “Such policies only serve to open a new and lucrative market for smuggling rings, which could not exist without this prohibition.”“If Europe insists on focusing most of its resources on securitization, it will fail to defeat smuggling rings,” Mr. Crépeau warned.The Rapporteur called therefore on the EU to establish a human rights-based, coherent and comprehensive migration policy which makes mobility its central asset. “It is the only way in which it can reclaim its border, effectively combat smuggling and empower migrants,” the Special Rapporteur assured.More than 200,000 migrants and asylum-seekers arrived in Europe by sea in 2014, compared with 80,000 in 2013, according to current estimates. So far this year, Europe has already received over 100,000 migrants and asylum-seekers who have arrived by boat. Some frontline states report daily arrivals.“Migrants will come, no matter what,” Mr. Crépeau warned. “The EU will only be able to regain control of its borders if it banks on mobility, he insisted, noting that the overall goal would be to have most migrants using official channels to enter and stay in Europe.“The EU must develop…create innovative regulated mobility options that will incentivize most migrants and asylum seekers to avoid having recourse to smugglers,” he noted. “Instead of forcing people into mechanisms that don’t respond to their needs, we need to understand the logic of their decisions and create policies that optimally match migrants’ skills and labour market’s needs.Welcoming the new European Agenda on Migration, the Special Rapporteur noted that the figures for refugee resettlement are insufficient and the lack of open and regular channels for low skilled migrants coming to Europe is a huge oversight. “The fact is that European member States rely on cheap migrant labour working in certain sectors within their economy,” he said. “They should recognize their real labour needs, including for low-wage work: to do otherwise would reduce them to being complicit with the exploitation of migrants,” he underscored. The expert called on the EU to open up more regular migration channels and, at the same time, repress unscrupulous employers who exploit the fear of asylum-seekers and undocumented migrants to be detected, detained and deported. “Effectively implementing the employer sanction directive should be a priority,” he stressed.“Combining such policies would lead to smaller underground labour markets, less irregular border crossings, less smuggling of migrants, less loss of life at borders, less labour exploitation, and less migrants’ rights violations,” Mr. Crépeau stated.Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more