The semi-final clash between India and New-Zealand was deferred due to rain and will be continued on Wednesday from the same position
Persistent rain deferred the ongoing semi-final clash of the ICC World Cup 2019 between India and New Zealand. With Wednesday being a reserve day, the match would start from where it ended today.
Batting first, New Zealand so far have managed to score 211/5 in 46.1, with fans witnessing some great bowling from India.
How did the day pan out?
Winning the toss, Kane Williamson decided to bat first on a seemingly dry surface. The decision backfired as they were off to an extremely slow start. Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled their hearts out in the first power-play.
However, it was once again the pair of Williamson (67) and Ross Taylor (67*), who helped Kiwis to post 211/5 before rain halted play.
Bumrah, Bhuvi gave India the perfect start
India put the pressure from the start and never allowed New Zealand to breathe easy. Jasprit Bumrah was the star man for India and got the struggling Martin Guptill for one.
Both Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled in tight channels and made scoring very difficult. From there on Henry Nicholls (28) added a labored 68-run stand with Williamson.
Jadeja shows his value
Ravindra Jadeja showed why he is such a valuable member of this Indian team. The all-rounder bowled tight and gave away just 34 runs from his quota of 10. Jadeja chocked the run-flow and got the key wicket of Nicholas.
India in control as rain stopped the play at Old Trafford
India kept New Zealand under control as the Kiwis passed 200 well after the 40-over mark.
All the five Indian bowlers used picked up a wicket each.
The conditions were overcast and there was some light drizzles towards the end, before it started to rain heavily. The match was stopped in the 47th over, with 23 balls remaining.
What happens in case there is rain on Wednesday?
In case there is rain interruption on Wednesday, the Duckworth-Lewis equation would come into picture, until the 20-over limit.
What would be revised target in case overs are reduced?
In case Kiwis don’t bat anymore and the gameplay is reduced, following would be the revised totals for India:
46 over – 237
40 over – 223
35 over – 209
30 over – 192
25 over – 172
20 over – 148
In case we don’t get a game of at least 20-over a side, it would lead to the match being called off. Meanwhile, India would qualify to the final on the basis of finishing above New Zealand in the opening round.