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NZ lose Guptill; Bumrah strikes for India
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NZ lose Guptill; Bumrah strikes for India

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India made its early breakthrough by scalping the wicket of the New Zealand opener Martin Guptill in the semifinal clash of the World Cup at Old Traford stadium on Tuesday.

India's start just got better with Bumrah striking in his second over with the wicket of Guptill. Guptill had a temptation on Bumrah’s ball to take the edge to the slip cordon where Kohli took a nice catch to give India the first wicket. Guptill c Kohli b Bumrah 1(14).

Earlier, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat against India in the knock-out stage of the semi-final clash of the ICC Cricket World Cup on Tuesday. Williamson’s decision was based on the assumption that Old Traford in Manchester is a batting pitch. The last match held at this venue was the league stage match between Australia and South Africa, where South Africa defeated Australia by 10 runs. So based on previous matches, one can ascertain that it is a batting pitch. So Cricket pundits predict that the team winning the toss might opt to bat first irrespective of weather conditions.