T20 World Cup semifinal: New Zealand win toss, bat against Pakistan

T20 World Cup semifinal: New Zealand win toss, bat against Pakistan

The winner will face either England or India — who meet in Adelaide on Thursday — in Sunday’s final

New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson and Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam share a light moment as they shake hands ahead of the T20 World Cup semi-final match. Photo: AFP

By AFP

Published: Wed 9 Nov 2022, 11:43 AM

Last updated: Wed 9 Nov 2022, 11:48 AM

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in the first semifinal of the T20 World Cup in Sydney on Wednesday.

The Blacks Caps, who topped Group 1, are aiming to make the final for the second consecutive time as they target a maiden T20 title.

Like New Zealand, Group 2 runners-up Pakistan are in the semis for a second straight year as they look to add to their 2009 World Cup triumph.

The winner will face either England or India — who meet in Adelaide on Thursday — in Sunday’s final.

Both teams named unchanged sides.

New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (capt), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Haris, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi

Umpires: Marais Erasmus (RSA), Richard Illingworth (ENG)

TV Umpire: Richard Kettleborough (ENG)

Match Referee: Chris Broad (ENG)

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