Colombo, March 29: In something that perhaps offsets Sri Lanka's advantage of playing the World Cup semi-final in their own back yard, their opponents New Zealand have won the all-important toss and quite predictably have opted to bat first.
New Zealand knows that they will have to up their game and play out of their skin, much like they did against South Africa in the quarterfinal, if they are to quell Sri Lanka's massive home advantage and come out tops.
New Zealand is up against stiff odds as they have not won any one of their five semi-final appearances in the World Cup and have lost to Sri Lanka by the huge margin of 112 runs earlier in the tournament.
Sri Lanka on the other hand have been going great guns in the tournament so far, havingh jsut come off a thumping 10 wicketdefeat of England in the quarterfinal. The wily old fox Muttiah Murali will, contrary to previous fears, be playing in today's match.
The winner of this match will play either Inidia or Pakistan in the final.