The notorious Manchester weather pushed the first semifinal of the World Cup to the reserve day after dominant Indian bowlers excelled yet again to restrict New Zealand to a sub-par 211 for five, here Tuesday.
Rain forced players off the field after 46.1 overs and as per ICC's playing conditions, the game will resume on Wednesday from where it stopped.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's wife Sakshi went live on her Instagram handle to give the fans an update about what was happening on field. She also shared a picture notifying the fans who came to the stadium to 'carry their tickets the next day'. Take a look -
Despite half-centuries from skipper Kane Williamson (67 off 95 balls) and veteran Ross Taylor (67 not out off 85 balls), the Black Caps could not force the pace against tournament's best bowling attack.
By the time when the covers were off at 10pm IST, the outfield had too much water and there was no way match could have started. However the day belonged to the Indian bowlers as skipper Virat Kohli found out that it was a good toss to lose.
After a brilliant start by Jasprit Bumrah (1/25 in 8 overs) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/30 in 8.1 overs), Ravindra Jadeja (1/38 off 10 overs) and Hardik Pandya (1/55 in 10 overs) did well in the middle overs to keep the opposition under check.
A fresh day will certainly be advantageous for India as it will be a continuation and not a restart. Any advantage earned on the scheduled day will be carried through to the reserve day. Super over will determine the winner, if it's a tied match. New Zealand were 211 for five against India in 46.1 overs when rain stopped play in the first World Cup semifinal.
If the match doesn't happen on Wednesday, then India will progress to the final by virtue of finishing on top of the league table.
(With inputs from PTI)