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T20 WC: England opt to field vs India in SF

While, India has stuck with the same XI that defeated Zimbabwe by 73 runs in the final match of the Super 12 stage of the tournament, meaning left-hander Rishabh Pant is preferred to Dinesh Karthik.

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Adelaide: England have won the toss and elected to field first against India in the semifinal clash here at Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

England have made two changes in their playing XIs fast bowler Mark Wood and key batter Dawid Malan were ruled out prior to the toss, with veteran seamer Chris Jordan and top-order batter Phil Salt named as their replacements.

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While, India has stuck with the same XI that defeated Zimbabwe by 73 runs in the final match of the Super 12 stage of the tournament, meaning left-hander Rishabh Pant is preferred to Dinesh Karthik.

After wining the toss, England captain stated: “There is going to be a great atmosphere here. Dimensions are different, we will have to adapt. We have two changes – Malan and Wood are out with injuries – Salt and Jordan come in. Looks like a good wicket. Hope it stays well the whole game.”

India skipper Rohit Sharma said: “We would have batted first anyway. We’ve played some good cricket, another opportunity for us to play the same way we have all tournament. Important to hold the nerve and take the game will the end. We’ve played these guys a fair bit in recent years and know what strengths-weaknesses they have. Important to exploit that.”

“Important to stay calm and do what we want to do. It (injury) was a scare but I’m fine now. With the kind of talent we have, it was a tough one (to pick the XI),” he added.

Playing XIs (from)

India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma(c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant(w), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh

England: Jos Buttler(w/c), Alex Hales, Philip Salt, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid.

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