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World Cup India-New Zealand Semifinal LIVE: Team India Get Set To Chase Moderate New Zealand Total As Ground And Sky Concerns Reign Supreme

Written By Koushik Narayanan | Mumbai | Published:
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, on July 9, Tuesday. Rain forced players off the field after 46.1 overs and as per ICC's playing conditions, the game will resume on July 10, Wednesday from where it stopped.
New Zealand win the match by 18 runs
1 month ago

India are bowled out for 221, signaling an end to the Men in Blue's World Cup dreams. 

Update at 19:21
1 month ago

Yet another wicket for Ferguson as he gets Bhuvaneshwar Kumar clean bowled. 

At 49 overs, India are 217-9 

Update at 19:18
1 month ago

MS Dhoni run out at 50 runs.

MS Dhoni 50(72)

 

Update at 19:12
1 month ago

Ravindra Jadeja dismissed after a spectacular knock.

R Jadeja  77(59)   c Williamson   b Boult

Update at 19:06
1 month ago

200 runs up for India in the 46th over. 

Update at 19:00
1 month ago

MS Dhoni and R Jadeja bring up the 100 partnership off 97 balls. 

Update at 18:33
1 month ago

India reaches the 150-run mark. 

At 40 overs, India are 150-6

Update at 17:48
1 month ago

India sink into further trouble after Hardik Pandya's dismissal.

India are 92/6.

Update at 17:19
1 month ago

Another wicket down for India as Rishab Pant gets caught while trying to take a swing at the boundary. 

R Pant 32(56)     c deGrandhomme  b Santner

At 22.5 overs, India are 71-5

Update at 17:09
1 month ago

At 20 overs, India are 70-4

Update at 16:41
1 month ago

After a nightmare start, Rishab Pant and Hardik Pandya are slowly rebuilding the innings for India.

At 15 overs, India are 43-4

Update at 16:18
1 month ago

Another wicket goes for India, this time its Dinesh Karthik. 

D Karthik 6(25)  c Neesham   b Henry 

At 10 overs, India are 24-4

Update at 16:02
1 month ago

At 6 overs, India are 10-3

Update at 15:52
1 month ago

New Zealand rejoice at KL Rahul's dismissal.

India are 5/3.

Update at 15:46
1 month ago

Big blow for India as skipper Virat Kohli departs. 

India are 5/2

Update at 15:40
1 month ago

India in trouble as in-form Rohit Sharma departs.

India are 4/1.

Update at 15:33
1 month ago

India begin their chase of 240.

Update at 14:57
1 month ago

The contest is all set to resume, as Indian fielders and New Zealand batsman make their way to the field.  

Words of motivation from a former star
1 month ago

Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh took to Twitter to wish his teammates luck amid troubling rain spells at the Old Trafford, Manchester. 

Read the tweet here:

The semi-final game is set to resume in a while, after play was called off on July 9. 

Update at 14:31
1 month ago

As India will need to complete their remaining quota of 3.5 overs, guess who wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is taking tips from.

 

Update at 14:01
1 month ago

Legendary Indian batsman Sunil Manohar Gavaskar celebrates his 70th birthday on Wednesday. 

 

Update at 13:52
1 month ago

As India and New Zealand players will be taking to the field for a place in the World Cup final, here are the many moods of 'Captain Fearless' Virat Kohli.

 

Update at 13:49
1 month ago

Here's all you need to know about the India-New Zealand semi-final clash which will be played on a reserve day.

READ | World Cup: Here's What Happens If Both Semifinals And The Final Are Washed Out

Update at 13:00
1 month ago

READ | World Cup 2019 India-New Zealand Semifinal Weather Forecast: Rain Threatens To Play Spoilsport On Reserve Day Too

What are the scenarios if rain interrupts play today?
1 month ago

India has to bat for at least 20 overs for Duckworth-Lewis System to kick-in, revising the targets for chasing based on the number of overs.

In case the play is not completed on Wednesday with the match being washed out, India will qualify for the final due to its higher score tally (15 points) compared to New Zealand (11 points) in the league stage. India also holds another advantage of having a higher run rate (+0.809) compared to New Zealand (+0.175)

READ | World Cup | As India Prepare To Chase A Moderate New Zealand Total, Here's What Experts Are Saying About The Pitch At Manchester's Old Trafford

Weather forecast for today
1 month ago

Rain threat looms over the reserve day as well, with showers predicted during the evening, which could possibly hamper the match once again.

"Skies will be on the cloudy side for many today with outbreaks of rain at the time, mainly in the northern area. Generally drier to the southern areas with some brighter spells possible this afternoon. Feeling warm and humid, particularly in brighter spells. Maximum temperature 22 °C," says the UK Met Office.

READ | World Cup 2019 India-New Zealand Semifinal Weather Forecast: Rain Threatens To Play Spoilsport On Reserve Day Too 

1 month ago

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, on July 9, Tuesday. Rain forced players off the field after 46.1 overs and as per ICC's playing conditions, the game will resume on July 10, Wednesday from where it stopped. 

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 10 pm 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.

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If the first powerplay was witness to a fine exhibition of swing bowling under overcast conditions, the middle overs had Pandya using the newly-laid two-paced pitch to good effect, bringing the slow bouncer to the fore.

Martin Guptill (1) looked like a walking wicket' and Bumrah relieved him of his misery with a delivery that kicked up from three-quarter length, forcing him to push at it. Kohli at second slip made no mistake with a sharp chance. Williamson looked compact in his defence along with the edgy Henry Nicholls (28 off 51 balls) during their 68-run second wicket stand.

Such was the impact of the first spell bowled by Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar that the Black Caps innings never gained the momentum. But credit should also be given to Jadeja and Hardik for keeping the Kiwis under a tight leash. Jadeja vindicated his skipper's decision with tight wicket-to-wicket bowling and the odd one that turned created problems for Nicholls. He had 38 dots to his credit by the time he ended the spell.

Williamson, who was getting into some sort of rhythm, however, couldn't capitalize as Taylor got stuck playing one dot ball after another. In fact, during the crucial second powerplay, New Zealand managed only 65 runs in 17 overs as Chahal got decent turn off his leg-breaks.

The New Zealand captain, who was hitting a few slog sweeps against the turn was getting impatient having reached 50 off 79 balls. Williamson paid the price by gifting his wicket to the leg-spinner when his team needed him the most.

Taylor upped the ante in the final overs with three boundaries and a six but it looks unlikely to be enough.

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. 

 

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