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NSW Blues elect to bat against Victoria

NSW skipper Simon Katich won the toss and decided to bat against Victoria Bushrangers in the first semi-final of the Champions League T20 event at Ferozeshah Kotla.

With the local team, Daredevils, and other IPL teams out of the event, there won't be much popular support at the Ferozeshah Kotla for the two Australian teams as they fight for a place in the title clash.

NSW Blues and Victoria Bushrangers can be sure that there won't be much noise to distract them as they go about their business on Wednesday.

What will add to the rather unwanted and uncalled for sobriety of the occasion is the somnabulent Kotla pitch which has been pouring water on the aspirations of many a batsman who had come with hopes of setting the stadium on fire. And that will the challenge for the players - how to manage a decent T20 total on the low, slow track.

A cursory glance at the figures for the three venues where CL games have been staged shows how Kotla has played spoilsport.

It has been a pain for the batsmen and a bore for the fans. The semi-final is not going to be any different and both NSW and Victoria will find it hard to put the ball away. Of course, it becomes double difficult to play strokes if you are batting second. So, the toss will be crucial; the team batting first will have a distinct advantage.

Squad (From):

Victoria Bushrangers: Cameron White, Aiden Blizzard, Aaron Finch, Shane Harwood, John Hastings, Brad Hodge, Jon Holland, David Hussey, Andrew McDonald, Bryce McGain, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Rob Quiney, Peter Siddle, Matthew Wade, Damien Wright.

New South Wales Blues: Aaron Bird, Ben Rohrer, Brad Haddin, Brett Lee, Daniel Smith, David Warner, Dominic Thornely, Doug Bollinger, Matthew Mott, Moises Henriques, Nathan Bracken, Nathan Hauritz, Phillip Hughes, Simon Katich, Simon Keen, Steve O'Keefe, Steven Smith, Stuart Clark.

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