World Cup, IND vs NZ: Toss, team news, pitch report, weather

Kane Williamson won the toss as New Zealand opted to bat against India in the first semifinal of World Cup 2019.

Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat in the first semifinal against India.   -  Reuters Photo

Kane Williamson won the toss as New Zealand opted to bat against India in the first semifinal of World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Team News: Lockie Ferguson replaces Tim Southee as India brings back Yuzvendra Chahal in place of Kuldeep Yadav.

Playing XIs:

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult

India: Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni(w), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

Pitch report: Overcast conditions but the pitch is dry and fresh. V.V.S. Laxman reckons the surface to be a bat-first one.

Weather: Overcast with forecast of rain later in the day.

Quotes:

Virat Kohli: We have had two good games in Manchester, and it's about focussing on the basics. We need to remember why we are in the semis.

Kane Williamson: A toss-up with the overheads, but it'll be around all day, so we need to get the job first up. We are used to the routine, but we have a great opportunity to put up a good performance against a side like India.