Rain-washouts, interruptions and many more strange happenings, however, just when you that the cricketing world has seen it all in this ICC World Cup 2019, the reserve-day interruption has also come into play in the high-voltage first semi-final clash between India and New Zealand at the Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester. After winning the toss and opting to bat first, the New Zealand batters had a very tough time battling against a quality Indian bowling attack, only before the rain gods came to their respite.
Play got halted by the rain intervention when New Zealand’s scorecard read, 211 for 5 in 46.1 overs. Unfortunately, the rain gods refused to go away and this forced the umpire to call off the game for the day. Now the match will start from the same scorecard on July 10 from 3:00 pm IST onwards.
Jasprit Bumrah strikes Guptill early
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat first as he reckoned that it looks like a good surface. The two Indian new ball bowlers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the in-form Jasprit Bumrah were right on the money from the word go. The two Kiwi openers, Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls, who haven’t been in the best of forms in this tournament thus far, continued their respective struggles in this game as well. Bumrah gave a perfect example of his form by removing Guptill in just his second over of the day and with that also provided his team the early breakthrough.
After his dismissal, the pair of Nicholls and skipper Kane Williamson joined hands to bail their team out of the troublesome situation. Both of them batted quite tentatively, but also squeezed in a fine partnership of 68 runs for the second wicket. However, just when things were looking to settle down for New Zealand, left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja bowled a fantastic delivery to send Nicholls packing into the pavilion after he scored 28 runs off 51 balls.
Williamson racks yet another fifty
On the other end, Williamson continued his sensational run in this World Cup, notching up yet another half-century off 79 balls. After Nicholls’ wicket, Williamson and Ross Taylor stitched in a crucial partnership of 65 runs. Despite these partnerships, New Zealand’s innings seemed to be going nowhere and this forced Williamson to play some risky shots. However, in the process to up the ante, the dangerous Kiwi skipper lost his wicket in the form of a short dismissal.
Williamson played a fine innings of 67 runs off 95 balls that included of six boundaries. After his dismissal, the experienced Taylor took the onus on himself to take New Zealand towards a competitive total. He was batting at the 67 runs off 85 balls and along with Colin de Grandhomme was looking to play some attacking shots, when the rain gods decided to play a spoilsport. After hours of wait and when the rains refused to stop, that is when the umpires decided to take the big step and called the game off for the day. The game will resume tomorrow from 211 for 5 with 3.5 overs left for New Zealand to bat.
New Zealand 211/5 in 46.1 overs (Ross Taylor-67*, Kane Williamson-67; Jasprit Bumrah 1/25, Ravindra Jadeja 1/34) vs India.