Rain once again played spoilsport in the ongoing World Cup as the first semifinal between India and New Zealand in Manchester was forced to be played on reserve day. The forecast for the day was not very promising but there was no interruption at the start. However, towards the end of New Zealand’s innings rain halted the game.
The Black Caps were reeling at 211 for 5 in 46.1 overs when the on-field umpires asked the players to leave the field. New Zealand’s decision to bat first could not be justified by their batsmen. India started brilliantly with the ball. The pace duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah did not let the New Zealand top-order get off to a quick start.
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Bumrah then dismissed Martin Guptill cheaply to put India firmly on top. The bowlers continued to pile pressure by not giving away easy runs. A 68-run stand between Henry Nicholls and Kane Williamson and a 65-run partnership between the latter and Ross Taylor steadied the ship for New Zealand. However, New Zealand batsmen failed to up the ante and lost wickets at crucial junctures.
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At the time rain came, Taylor was at the crease on 67 while Tom Latham was giving him company. So with the first semifinal now being pushed to the reserve day, here is all you should know about the state of the play:
1. The match will resume where it stopped which means New Zealand will start batting from the 47th over of their innings.
2. The game will remain a 50-over per side contest. Thus New Zealand would play their remaining overs before India start their innings.
3. Play will start at the usual time, that it 10:30 am local time and 3:00 pm IST if weather permits.
4. If rain continues to cause delay, the game will start losing overs.
5. India need to bat at least 20 overs for a result from the game.
6. If the match is not completed, India will be through to the final for finishing higher than New Zealand in the league stage.