New Zealand opt to bowl against India in key T20 World Cup clash


New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson, left, leaves after wining the toss as India's captain Virat Kohli watches at the start of their game during the Cricket Twenty20 World Cup match in Dubai, UAE, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021. (AP Photo)

Dubai: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bowl against India with both teams looking for their first win in the Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday.


The Kiwis made one change from their opening loss to Pakistan with fast bowler Adam Milne coming in for Tim Seifert. Devon Conway will take over wicketkeeping duties.

"We are going to bowl, dew factor at this time of the year," Williamson said at the toss. "Look forward to another challenge."

India are coming off a week's rest, and received stinging social media abuse after their 10-wicket defeat to rivals Pakistan on October 24.

They have made two changes to their team with batsman Ishan Kishan and all-rounder Shardul Thakur coming in for the injured Suryakumar Yadav, who has back spasms, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

"We would have bowled first as well. We need a solid start and to have wickets in hand," skipper Virat Kohli said.

"It's ridiculous, we are playing twice in 10 days. The guys have recovered well. It's another opportunity to come out and correct the mistakes."

Teams India: Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (capt), Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (capt), James Neesham, Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Trent Boult

Umpires: Marais Erasmus (RSA), Richard Kettleborough (ENG) TV Umpire: Adrian Holdstock (RSA) Match Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)

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