India vs New Zealand: India captain Virat Kohli is his secret fast bowler and he has admitted that in interviews in the past. During the pre-match presser ahead of the New Zealand game, Kohli said that he is a lethal bowler when asked about dismissing Kane Williamson 11 years back. Kohli was pompous and with a lot of pride, he answered the journalist. Ahead of the high-octane semi-finals, Kohli was spotted imitating Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling action. To be honest, he does a decent job as he also celebration after rolling his arm over like Bumrah would.
Meanwhile, India does not have the edge over New Zealand in WC head-to-head. Wile the Kiwis have won four times, while India has won thrice. The update is that New Zealand has won the toss and has opted to bat first. It was a tricky call and Williamson admitted that.
“We would’ve batted first. Fresh wicket, nice and hard, and not moist. A bit of rain around as well, the ball will get wet as the game goes on. It could remain decent throughout the game. It’s going to remain similar throughout the course of the game – we have done well in Manchester. 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. Chahal comes back in for Kuldeep Yadav,” said Kohli at the toss.
New Zealand (Playing XI): 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 (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni(w), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah