New Zealand opt to bat against India in first World Cup semi-final

New Zealand

MANCHESTER: New Zealand on Tuesday won the toss and opted to bat first against India in the first semi-final of the Cricket World Cup at Old Trafford, Manchester.
In all five matches of the tournament played in Manchester so far, the team that has batted first had gone on to win the match. Four of those winning teams won the toss in the other match, India won after being sent into bat by Pakistan.
Following the toss, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said: “It looks a good surface and we’ve played a few games here. Naturally, when the round-robin finishes, you start again.”
Indian captain Kohli said the wicket looked fresh.
New Zealand come into the match having lost three straight to finish the group stage. Paceman Lockie Ferguson, the team’s leading wicket-taker this World Cup with 17 wickets, is back from a hamstring problem.
India topped the group-stage standings with seven wins from eight completed matches and has the tournament’s leading run-scorer in opener Rohit Sharma (647), including five centuries.
Australia and England meet in the second semifinal match at Edgbaston on Thursday.


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