The first semifinal of the ICC World Cup 2019 between India and New Zealand had to call off due to heavy showers at the Old Trafford in Manchester. The Kiwis scored 211 runs for the loss of five wickets before the rain came pouring spoiling the day’s play. The play will resume on the next reserve day, but the weather on July 19 also looks gloomy much to the dismay of the cricket lovers.
India look good to seal a final berth
Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were right on the money with the new ball. They bowled three maidens in the first five overs and removed Martin Guptill to put Virat Kohli & Co ahead in the game. Skipper Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls added 50 runs for the second wicket before Ravindra Jadeja bowled a brilliant delivery to remove Nicholls and give India a breakthrough.
Williamson brought yet another half-century but departed soon in an attempt to play an inside out shot off Yuzvendra Chahal only to find the point fielder. Ross Taylor then started the free the shackles bring in some boundaries and reaching his fifty before rain forced the fielders to leave the field.
Date and Venue: India vs New Zealand, July 10 (Wednesday) at 3:00 PM IST, at the Old Trafford in Manchester
The first day of the first semifinal between India and New Zealand had to call off due to adverse weather conditions. The rain started pouring in when New Zealand was batting at 211 for five in 46.1 overs, and it didn’t look to end soon. Although it gave some respite but started pouring again forcing the umpire to call off the game for the day.
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Meanwhile, the weather forecast for the reserve day is also not something to cheer about. There are massive chances of rain during the start of the play, and it will sustain throughout the day, the weather report suggests. The temperature will be around 19-20 degrees Celsius with significant cloud covers.
If the showers don’t allow the match to resume at all, India will progress through to the finals for finishing ahead of New Zealand in the league stage.