New Zealand bat first against Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka – New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori won the toss and elected to bat against Sri Lanka in the first World Cup semi-final at the R Premadasa Stadium, on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka named an unchanged team from the line-up who beat England in the quarter-finals. Off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was declared fit to play despite suffering from a bruised knee and a hamstring injury in the lead-up to the match.

New Zealand, playing their sixth World Cup semi-final, made one change, bringing in left-arm seamer Andy McKay for left-arm spinner Luke Woodcock from the team which beat South Africa in their quarter-final in Dhaka.

The winners of the match will play India or Pakistan in the final in Mumbai on Saturday.

Sri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara (captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Angelo Mathews, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis, Muttiah Muralitharan
New Zealand: Daniel Vettori (captain), Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Kane Williamson,, Nathan McCullum, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Andy McKay.