Flipping hell: Does winning the toss weigh too heavily?
World Cup trend suggests winning the toss and batting first will be potentially decisive in the semifinals
Cricket’s World Cup semifinals might be loaded with star power, but the battle for places in the final could turn on a crucial toss of a coin before the action has even started.
There were just a handful of successful run chases in the World Cup group stage, a trend that suggested winning the toss and batting first will be potentially decisive in the semifinals.
India and New Zealand will put that theory to the test when they meet in the first semifinal at Old Trafford on Tuesday, followed by hosts England facing holders Australia in Birmingham on Thursday...