India vs New Zealand World Cup 2019, 1st semi-final: Manchester Weather Updates for Reserve Day
The first semi-final of the World Cup 2019 will be played over two days after intermittent rain stopped Tuesday’s play with New Zealand on 211 for five against India after 46.1 overs.Ross Taylor was batting on 67 with Tom Latham on three at the other end when rain forced the players off.Match officials waited for more than four hours while rain stopped and started before deciding to take the game to the reserve day (Wednesday). (What happens on reserve day?)Interestingly, the group match between 2015 finalists New Zealand and twice champions India last month was one of the four ‘no-result’ matches in the rain-hit tournament.With the rain unrelenting, play has been called off for the day. New Zealand will resume their innings tomorrow at 10.30am on 211/5 with 3.5 overs to bat.Here’s hoping for better weather tomorrow #INDvNZ | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/p9KdXPdd0gCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 9, 2019The game will continue on Wednesday where it was halted – New Zealand will complete their 50-over innings and India will then complete their 50-over innings, weather permitting. The match may be shortened dependent on conditions.For the match to be completed, India are required to bat for at least 20 overs. If no play is possible on the reserve day also then India will qualify for the final due as they had finished on top of the points table in the league phasea, ahead of fourth-placed New Zealand.The first #CWC19 semi-final remains keenly poised! Can New Zealand pick up where they left off when we return tomorrow?Highlights of #INDvNZ so far pic.twitter.com/XTPJgXOBJXadvertisementICC (@ICC) July 9, 2019The match will start at 3.30PM IST but the forecast for Wednesday is also not something which the fans would be looking forward to as rain is predicted 4.30 PM IST. Conditions are going to remain cloudy throughout the day with more rain predicted at around 9.30 PM IST. (Courtesy: Accuweather.com) (Courtesy: Accuweather.com)NZ INNINGS SUMMARYPlay was stopped with only 3.5 overs left in the New Zealand innings. There was threat of rain before the match began. In overcast conditions, however, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat.Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar started off perfectly for India. The pacers did not give away a single run in the first 16 balls before Bumrah got rid of Martin Guptill.Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls shared a solid 68-run stand for the 2nd wicket and that partnership gave New Zealand hopes of a good platform in trying conditions. But Ravindra Jadeja snared Nicholls in the 19th over to dent the Black Caps again.With rain around the corner, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor made sure New Zealand did not lose wickets in a hurry. But Taylor’s inability to rotate strike and pierce the gaps built more pressure on New Zealand and Williamson. The skipper was lured into a false shot against Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja took an easy catch at point in the 36th over.Ross Taylor then dropped anchor and shared important stands with James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme and New Zealand did well to cross the 200-run mark before play was stopped.Also Read | Rain lasted longer than any New Zealand batsman: Funny memes outAlso Read | India vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 semi-final: Match to resume on Reserve Day after rain plays spoilsportAlso Read | India vs New Zealand Highlights, World Cup Semi-finalAlso Read | How much will India need to chase if New Zealand do not bat again?