India vs New Zealand (Ind vs NZ) World Cup 2019, Manchester Weather Forecast: After the play was suspended on Tuesday, the World Cup semi-final clash between India and New Zealand will resume on Wednesday, which is the reserve day. New Zealand’s most experienced candidate Ross Taylor and wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham will start the New Zealand innings from 211/5 with 46.1 overs already bowled. However, if there’s no play today Team India will automatically qualify for the finals courtesy of their standings on the points table.
Electing to bat first, New Zealand got off to a shaky start losing Martin Guptill early. Jasprit Bumrah gave India first breakthrough getting Guptill caught by Virat Kohli at slip in the fourth over when the score was just 1. Henry Nicholls and Williamson then steadied the innings. Nicholls scored 28 and shared a 68-run stand with skipper Williamson before being removed by Ravindra Jadeja. Williamson (67) then slammed his half-century and took the score past 100. He shared a 65-run stand with Ross Taylor for the third wicket but was removed by Yuzvendra Chahal. Taylor then lifted New Zealand and took the score past 200 with his half-century. The Indian bowlers will look to bundle out the remaining Kiwi batsman and restrict them to a modest total.
Unfortunately, the weather forecast for the ‘reserve day’ also shows showers along with overcast conditions. If the match is washed out on the reserve day too then India will automatically qualify for the finals courtesy of accumulating the higher number of points in the group stages.
Interestingly the league stage match between India and New Zealand got washed out too. The two sides played each other in the warm-up matches with Kiwi pace battery rattling the Indian batting order.
If the rain stops within a given period of time then the DLS method comes into play. One or both the teams may not get to bat the 50 overs as both balls and the target is revised after taking the ongoing situation into consideration.
After securing a convincing seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Saturday, the Virat Kohli-led Indian unit emerged as the table toppers, with 15 points in nine matches.
New Zealand, on the other hand, were shaky during the final phase of the league stage and stood at the fourth position. With three defeats in their nine matches, the Black Caps could only garner 11 points in an equal number of matches.
Despite leading the table, the Men in Blue won’t make the mistake to take the Kiwis lightly. Spearheaded by the Trent Boult, the Kiwi pace battery has already rattled the Indian batting unit during their warm-up fixture.
Kane Williamson and his men, on the other hand, will go into the contest on the back of three consecutive defeats and would look to return winning ways when they take on India in the first semifinal at Old Trafford.
PITCH REPORT: The previous match played at this venue was the final league fixture between Australia and South Africa, which the Proteas won by 10 runs. So based on the results, one can say that it is a batting pitch, so it is likely that the team winning the toss will opt to bat first.
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