The first semi-final match of the ICC World Cup-2019 between New Zealand and India on Tuesday, which was played on Manchester’s Old Trafford ground, was not completed due to rain. Now this match will be completed on the Reserve Day (that is, Wednesday) and will start from there where it stopped on Tuesday. But still the worry of rain completely is not over.
According to weather reports, there will be cloudbursts from 5 o’clock in the morning of Manchester. However, the clouds will remain cloudy from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. At the same time, there is a possibility of light rain at 8:00 PM. Now it will depend on Manchester season whether this match will also be completed on Wednesday.
When rain came in the match on Tuesday, New Zealand’s score was 211 at 46.1 overs for five wickets. The rain continues for a long time. It stopped in the middle but then started again. The umpires decided that there are no conditions that the match will be played today (Tuesday) so that the remaining match will be played on Wednesday.
The estimates released by the Meteorological Department for Tuesday were almost right. If it rains on Wednesday also, then India and New Zealand can end the match without any results. There is a reserve day in the knockout round of the ICC World Cup. According to this rule, if match is not completed on match date, then the match will be started from the very next day where the first day was over. This happened in the match between India and England in the World Cup played in England in 1999.
To complete the match, it is necessary to bat India by 20 overs on reserve day. If the match is not completed in the day of reserve day then India will go into the final because they were ahead of New Zealand in the points table. India finished the league phase with the first position while New Zealand was in fourth place. The Indian team was on top of the points table with 15 points. New Zealand was at number four with 11 points.
What has happened so far-
On Tuesday, when the match started, the clouds were clouded and New Zealand captain Ken Williamson decided to bat after winning the toss. The Indian bowlers took advantage of the favorable conditions for themselves and troubled Kiwi batsmen. First two overs Jaspreet Bumrah and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar removed Maiden On the fifth ball of the third over, the Kiwi team’s account opened in some way, but Bumrah hit the first ball of the next over to give India the first breakthrough by catching Martin Guptill on Virat Kohli. Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar took good advantage of getting wickets, and Kiwi did not allow the batsmen to score runs. New Zealand were able to score 27 runs in 10 overs, which is the lowest score in this World Cup in the first Power Play.
Henry Nicholas (28) and Williamson were batting comfortably. In the next 10 overs, there was not much speed in the rung. The Kiwi team added just 46 runs in 11-20 overs. During this time, Ravindra Jadeja gave Nicholas another success. After this Williamson and Taylor pushed the innings and shared 65 runs for the third wicket. The Indian bowlers also troubled both of them, but Williamson was making his class and Taylor in some way with his experience. Meanwhile, Williamson completed his half-century.
Set up Williamson wanted to target spinners. He also found some gaping shots but in an effort to play an inside out shot, he gave catch to Jadeja on Chahal’s bowl. Kiwi captain faced 95 balls in his innings and hit six fours. On the last ball of the 41st over, Hardik Pandya hit Jimmy Neesham at the hands of Dinesh Karthik, leaving Kiwi’s fourth wicket of the team. Neesham scored 12 runs off 18 balls.
On the fourth ball of 45th over, Bhuvneshwar bowled Colin de Grandhom (16) to a New Zealand score of 200 runs at the loss of five wickets. Taylor and Latham had the responsibility of bringing the team to good scores but the rain did not allow it to happen. In the match played for India, Jaspreet, Bhubaneswar, Pandya, Jadeja and Chahal have taken one wicket each. Pandya, Jadeja and Chahal have taken 10 out of their quota while two each of Bumrah and Bhubaneswar are left.