India vs New Zealand, semi-final World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli shows off dancing skills after Henry Nicholls dismissal - Watch
Virat Kohli is known for his enthusiastic demeanour on the field and his enthusiastic celebrations whenever India takes a wicket. The Indian cricket team skipper was in his full essence once again during the ICC World Cup 2019 semi-final encounter against New Zealand in Manchester when Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Henry Nicholls to hand India their second breakthrough of the match. After Jadeja castled Nicholls for 28, Kohli broke into his trademark ‘bhangra’ dance and chanted ‘Oh Ravi Jadeja’ in celebration.
Earlier,New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat against India.
All of the five previous matches in the tournament played on the Manchester ground have been won by the side batting first but the overcast conditions promised to assist India’s pacemen.
“We’re going to bat,” said Williamson, who has been responsible for more than 28 percent of his side’s runs at the World Cup, at the toss.
“It looks like a good surface. We’ve played a number of matches here so we know it’s a good pitch,” added Williamson, whose side beat West Indies by five runs at Old Trafford in a thrilling group match on June 22.
“It was 50-50 with the overheads (cloud cover) but we just have to bat well. We’ve got a great opportunity today.”
Two-time former champions India made one change from the side that beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets at Headingley to top the 10-team round-robin, with Yuzvendra Chahal replacing fellow spinner Kuldeep Yadav.
That meant there was no place in their side for experienced paceman Mohammed Shami.
“We would have batted first,” said India captain Virat Kohli. “It is a fresh wicket and is nice and hard and not moist.
“I think it will remain similar throughout the day. With a bit of rain around, the ball will get more wet as the game goes on.
“We have played really good cricket in Manchester. There have been two good games for us here (wins over Pakistan and the West Indies).”
“We are treating this game as normal as we can,” added Kohli, whose side includes Rohit Sharma, the tournament’s leading run-scorer with 647 runs.
New Zealand, the 2015 runners-up, qualified fourth after edging out Pakistan on net run-rate.
The Black Caps, appearing in their eighth semi-final but yet to win the World Cup, came into this match on the back of three straight defeats by Pakistan, Australia and England.
New Zealand made one change to the side that suffered a 119-run defeat by England at Chester-le-Street last week.
Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, their leading wicket-taker at the tournament with 17 scalps, returned following a hamstring injury in place of Tim Southee.
India and New Zealand have yet to meet at this World Cup as their scheduled group match at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge on June 13 was washed out without a ball bowled.
Rain has been forecast for Manchester on Tuesday but there are reserve days for both semi-finals and the final.
India or New Zealand will play the team that wins Thursday’s second semi-final between hosts England and reigning champions Australia at Edgbaston in the July 14 final at Lord’s.
(With agency inputs)
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