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Rain forces India-New Zealand semi into reserve day


Sports Desk, | 10 July 2019, 02:34AM

Rain forces India-New Zealand semi into reserve day
Rain stop the first semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019./File Photo

Rain pushed New Zealand to stop batting pursuit at 46.1 overs with 211 runs losing 5 wickets against India in the first semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019 edition at Old Trafford.

The match will resume on Wednesday in weather doubt with the Black Caps to pick up where they left off and bat out the remainder of their 50 overs before India's innings. 

For the match to be completed, India must face at least 20 overs - no sure thing with plenty more rain on the forecast for Manchester tomorrow. If there is no result possible, then India - who finished top of the group stage - will progress to the final ahead of fourth-placed New Zealand.

Ross Taylor was 67 not out and Tom Latham three not out when persistent rain worsened sufficiently for the umpires to take the players off the field with 23 balls of the scheduled 50 overs in the innings left.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson had earlier made 67 after winning the toss, with Jasprit Bumrah leading a disciplined India bowling attack. He completed 8 overs outlaying only 25 runs and picked a wicket.

There are an additional two hours' playing time in which to complete the match on Tuesday and a reserve day has also been scheduled for Wednesday.

But the reserve day will only come into operation if the minimum 20 overs-per-side match needed for a result under the Duckworth-Lewis method for rain-affected games cannot be finished on Tuesday.

In that case, the match would continue Wednesday from where it left off rather than be re-started. But, India would go through to final if a 20 overs per side match cannot be completed on Wednesday. India can reach final game on the basis of having finished first to New Zealand's fourth in the 10-team group stage.

No reserve days were scheduled for the group matches of this World Cup, which has already featured a record four washouts.

India or New Zealand will face the winners of Thursday's second semi-final between hosts England and reigning champions Australia at Edgbaston on Thursday in the July 14 final at Lord's.

New Zealand XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitch Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.

India XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.