India captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat in the first World Cup semi-final against New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.
The venue, where India won their last 50-overs World Cup title, has hosted four day-night contests so far at this tournament with three of those being won by the team batting first.
Australia were the only team to win batting second at the ground after Glenn Maxwell hit an unbeaten double hundred.
Fourth-placed New Zealand ended table-toppers India’s run in the 2019 ODI World Cup at Old Trafford, beating them by 18 runs in a rain-affected two-day semifinal.
The two sides, placed similarly on the table after the league engagements, meet again at the same stage at the Wankhede, which will be enveloped in a sea of blue on Wednesday.
It's a contest between a team of super stars vs a side with blue-collar worth ethics that soaks up pressure and turns up in tournament-play.
The toss is usually not a factor at Wankhede, but in this event, it has been with the side batting first, batting big each time and while defending the target, triggering a collapse with seam in the first ten overs.