The Latest: Gayle, Russell set to be fit for West Indies

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Day 7 at the Cricket World Cup (all times local):

2:20 p.m.

West Indies expects opener Chris Gayle and allrounder Andre Russell to be fit to play against Australia on Thursday.

Both players came off the field in apparent pain during the Windies' seven-wicket win over Pakistan last week, with Gayle's longstanding back complaint flaring up and Russell aggravating a left knee problem when fielding.

West Indies captain Jason Holder says Gayle has been practicing with the team the past two days so is "well and ready to go." He adds Russell will be assessed before the game against Australia but that selectors are "very, very hopeful that he will be fit."


2:10 p.m.

Yuzvendra Chahal snared four wickets after Jasprit Bumrah removed both openers in a torrid opening spell as India opened its Cricket World Cup campaign by restricting South Africa to 227-9 at the Rose Bowl.

Injury-depleted South Africa's campaign went from bad to worse on Wednesday after electing to bat and coming under immediate fire.

Bumrah (2-35) took the first two wickets, generating good pace and significant seam movement, and wrist spinner Chahal (4-51) started with a pair in one over including the key wicket of Faf du Plessis.

South Africa is coming off losses to England and Bangladesh and its World Cup campaign is unraveling as injuries to fast bowlers diminishes its pace attack.

The India squad had to wait until day seven of the tournament to get started, and Bumrah didn't waste time getting things going when he had Hashim Amla (6) caught edging to second slip in the fourth over and Quinton de Kock (10) caught at third slip by Virat Kohli in the sixth.

Du Plessis (38) and Rassie van der Dussen (22) survived the new ball and combined in a 54-run third-wicket revival before Chahal started and finished the 20th over with their wickets as South Africa slipped to 80-4.

Chris Morris (42) and Kagiso Rabada (31 not out) put on 66 runs off 62 balls for the eighth wicket to carry South Africa to the 50th over.


1:05 p.m.

New Zealand has won the toss and will bowl first against Bangladesh in their day-night match at the Oval.

New Zealand is unchanged from the side which beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets on Saturday.

Bangladesh is also unchanged after beating South Africa by 21 runs at the Oval on Sunday. Allrounder Shakib Al Hasan will become the third Bangladeshi to play 200 one-day internationals.

New Zealand has a 4-0 record against Bangladesh in the Cricket World Cup.

It's cloudy but expected to remain dry at the Oval.


Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehedi Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Mustafizur Rahman.

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.


12:45 p.m.

Australia captain Aaron Finch supports the introduction of concussion substitutes in international cricket — provided everyone "plays ball" with the rules.

A report in British newspaper The Daily Telegraph said mid-match substitutions for players ruled out for being concussed could be permitted from Oct. 1. A two-year trial began in domestic cricket in countries including Australia, England and India from October 2017.

Finch says "you don't want the game to be determined by someone getting hit and being out of the game. If that happens in the first over, it's a huge disadvantage."

In trials, teams have only been allowed to make like-for-like replacements for a concussed player. That prevents manipulation of the rule, for example a batsman being replaced by a bowler just before a team ends its innings and goes out to bowl.

Finch says "if everyone plays ball, I think it's a good decision" because "a game of cricket isn't as important as someone's health."


12:25 p.m.

South Africa is in serious trouble after slumping to 103-5 halfway through its allotted overs in the Cricket World Cup group game against India.

Paceman Jasprit Bumrah removed openers Hashim Amla (6) and Quinton de Kock (10) in a torrid, five-over opening spell that netted him 2-13 and, after a 54-run third-wicket revival by the South Africans, wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal started and finished the 20th over with wickets.

Rassie van der Dussen (22) was bowled attempting a reverse sweep but playing all around the ball, and skipper Faf du Plessis (38) was bowled between bat and pad on the last ball of the over.

South Africa lost three wickets for 11 run and slumped to 89-5 when JP Duminy (3) was trapped lbw by left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav.

The South Africans are coming off losses to England and Bangladesh and are struggling with injuries which forced two changes to the starting XI.


11:25 a.m.

Jasprit Bumrah's lively opening spell in the World Cup has netted two wickets for India and restricted South Africa to 34-2 in the first 10 overs, the worst opening power play for a batting team in the tournament to date.

The Indian paceman extracted some prodigious seam movement to collect two key wickets. He had veteran opener Hashim Amla (6) caught at second slip in the fourth over and Quinton de Kock (10) caught at third slip by India captain Virat Kohli in the sixth to have South Africa reeling at 24-2.

Bumrah's opening five-over spell returned 2-13.


10.10 a.m.

South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has won the toss and elected to bat against India in the Cricket World Cup group game at Hampshire's Rose Bowl.

It is two-time champion India's first game of the tournament following an extended break after the Indian Premier League, while South Africa is coming off losses to England and Bangladesh.

The hamstring injury to paceman Lungi Ngidi and the tournament-ending shoulder injury to Dale Steyn forced two changes for South Africa.

Left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi gets his first start of the tournament, and veteran opener Hashim Amla returns after missing a game because of concussion protocol and takes Aiden Markram's place at the top of the order.


India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis (captain), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, JP Duminy, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi.


9 a.m.

It's Day 7 at the Cricket World Cup and finally Virat Kohli's India team will get its campaign under way against South Africa.

The two-time champions will be heavy favorites against a South Africa squad that is coming off losses to England and Bangladesh and has been hit by injuries.

Injured South African paceman Dale Steyn was ruled out of the tournament on the eve of the match, but opening batsman Hashim Amla is likely to be fit to play at Hampshire's Rose Bowl after missing the loss against Bangladesh because of concussion protocol.

New Zealand and Bangladesh are set to meet in a day-night match at the Oval. Both teams are coming off impressive wins. New Zealand opened with a 10-wicket thumping of Sri Lanka in Cardiff and Bangladesh beat South Africa.


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