India bat first against Pakistan

Mohali, India – India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat against Pakistan in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final on Wednesday.

Pakistan named an unchanged team from the line-up which beat West Indies in the quarter-finals in Dhaka, while India brought in fast bowler Ashish Nehra for off-spinner Ravichandran Aswhin, from the team which beat Australia in the quarter-finals in Ahmedabad.

Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who will retire after the World Cup, was left out of the Pakistan side. The winners of the clash will face Sri Lanka in Saturday’s final at the Wandeke in Mumbai.

Teams:
India:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel.
Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Younus Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal.

Umpires: Simon Taufel (Australia), Ian Gould (England); Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)