The Latest: Williamson doesn't see New Zealand as underdog

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

2 p.m.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson doesn't see his team as the underdog heading into the Cricket World Cup semifinals, saying "for everybody it starts fresh."

The Black Caps finished fourth in the group after losing their last three games, and only qualified ahead of fifth-place Pakistan because of a marginally superior net run-rate.

Williamson is bullish about New Zealand's chances against India in the last four, however, saying "every side has beaten one another on a number of occasions" and that "if we are reflecting back on the round-robin, we deserve to be here."

New Zealand's chances could hinge on Williamson, who has scored 28.3% of the team's runs and is averaging 96.20 — the highest in the tournament.


12 p.m.

The team batting first has won all five matches at Old Trafford this Cricket World Cup.

It doesn't concern India captain Virat Kohli heading into the semifinal there against New Zealand.

"It's a stat that I think is connected to pressure and not the pitch, to be honest," Kohli said.

And that's where Kohli thinks India might have the edge in the playoffs.

"We are better equipped to react in these situations," he said, "because we know what these kind of games are and our fan base, and the expectations they bring."

India also has the highest-scoring batsman in the tournament in opener Rohit Sharma, who has struck an unprecedented five centuries and a total of 647 runs. He needs 27 more runs to break the record for a single edition, held by fellow Indian Sachin Tendulkar.

Kohli says Sharma is "at the moment the top ODI player in the world."


11:45 a.m.

The Cricket World Cup is reaching crunch time.

Six teams have gone home, leaving India, Australia, England and New Zealand to fight it out for the title.

India and New Zealand meet in the first semifinal match in Manchester on Tuesday, and they were training under bright skies at Old Trafford on Monday.

Australia takes on England in the second semifinal at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Given cricket's status back home, India might be under the most pressure but Virat Kohli says his team is equipped to handle it.

The India captain says "every game is full of pressure — it never feels like any game has been easy for us at all, always. I can't remember the last time I stepped onto the field and thought, 'It doesn't really matter what happens in this game.'"


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