The Black Caps have one more training session to get through, but should have a fit and healthy 15 to pick from, with Ferguson giving himself the all clear to play.
The weather could also play a part in Manchester, with a chance of drizzle on Tuesday and the forecast set to worsen for the reserve day on Wednesday.
The Black Caps finished fourth in the group and only made the semi-finals on net run-rate having finished level on points with Pakistan.
That was fine by Stead, heading into the biggest match of his short tenure at the helm.
Former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori has heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah, saying the Indian speedster is bowling exceedingly well in the ongoing World Cup and is "basically unplayable at this stage". "I'm not spending a lot of time worrying about what other people are thinking, whether we should be here or not", he said.
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One of the most successful players from his side in this year's showpiece event, Ferguson hopes to make a comeback in the semis against India.
Stead insisted the team weren't losing sleep over assessments they were lucky to be in the final four.
India or New Zealand will face the winners of Thursday's second semi-final between hosts England and reigning champions Australia in the July 14 final at Lord's. They did not have to wait to find out which will be their semifinal venue. We've been back over our notes for Australia and India and what we thought our plans would be. "We want to be fresh and come out and fire some shots against India".
New Zealand might have the wood on India in World Cups overall.
He said his absence against England was a precaution and scans had shown no serious problem with his hamstring.
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In response, Bruce Edgar accrued a unbeaten knock of 84 in an eight-wicket win, although it took the Black Caps 57 overs to get over the line as India were again sent packing at the group stages while the Kiwis advanced once more to the final four.
"But in a way we kind of pride ourselves on the ability to come back from tough situations and scrap our way and give ourselves an opportunity to win".
The Black Caps have won just one of their past seven ODIs against India, and they will need a near-perfect performance to double that tally. But first they have to find a way to dislodge Rohit Sharma after three straight centuries and a record five in one tournament, and Virat Kohli the world's premier one-day global batsman. Stead said his team would walk out tomorrow to prove their mettle against a strong Indian side.
"Whether that's through pace, whether that's through creating pressure for the person at the other end, he's always been looking likely".
If New Zealand get off to a great start, with bat or ball, the streak will soon be forgotten.
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