The Cricket World Cup 2019 first semi-final match between India and New Zealand at Old Trafford in Manchester was called off due to rain. The infamous weather forced the first semi-final match of the World Cup to the reserve day.
There was a forecast of rain for Tuesday’s match in Manchester and the infamous weather made its appearance in the afternoon. This forced the players to leave the ground. Now, as per ICC‘s playing rules, the match will resume again on 10th July (Wednesday), the reserve day, from where it was left off. This means the match would resume from the same point where the Black Caps would complete their innings and India will play their innings.
However, during Tuesday’s match, Indian bowlers excelled again and they started to dominate the Kiwis right from the start of the match. The bowlers restricted the Kiwis to a sub-par 211 for 5 in 46.1 overs.
New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first on a pitch that was helpful for spinners. Deciding to bat second against India’s spinners would have been a big gamble. The decision made by New Zealand was right despite knowing the conditions as there was a possibility of rain.
However, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar set the tone of the game with brilliant, spells and a maiden each. Under overcast skies, New Zealand’s run rate never crossed the four mark till the 40th over.
New Zealand in the first few overs couldn’t play well. They were 8 for 1 after six overs, and improved that to 27/1 in the first 10. Bumrah had a first spell of 4-1-10-1 and Bhuvneshwar finished his with figures of 5-1-13-1.
Bhuvneshwar nearly had Martin Guptill lbw first ball of the game but ended up wasting India’s only review. However, Bumrah got Guptill’s wicket. Williamson and Henry Nicholls built up a strong partnership. Later on, Jadeja had bowled out Nicholls.
With Pandya walking off the field gave India little scare but he soon came back to allay fears. Batting wasn’t easy as there was variable pace and bounce. But Taylor and Williamson after getting into momentum helped their team to reach a competitive total. It was Chahal who took the wicket of Williamson. Jimmy Neesham couldn’t contribute much for the team’s total. Riding on the shoulder of Taylor, New Zealand scored some quick runs from the 44th over of the innings. Taylor reached his half-century off 73 balls.
India’s bowlers were quick in their assessment of the pitch too and used their cutters and slower balls to take pace off.