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Ind vs NZ World Cup 2019 semi-final: Match to resume on Reserve Day after rain plays spoilsport

Due to adverse weather, the semi-final match between India vs New Zealand will now resume on Wednesday. Have a look at day 1 proceedings.

Rain and bad weather pushed the semi-final match between India vs New Zealand at Old Trafford into its reserve day. Before rain played the spoilsport, New Zealand managed to score 211/5 in 46.1 overs after a poor start.

The Indian bowlers dominated the show with their extraordinary bowling spells. Despite half-centuries by Ross Taylor (67 not out off 85 balls) and Kane Williamson (67 off 95 balls), the Black Caps failed to up the momentum and will now look to touch 250 run mark.

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Jasprit Bumrah gave a brilliant start to the Indian team. Ravinder Jadeja too showed his bowling spell(1/38 off ten overs). Bhuvneshwar Kumar(1/30 in 8.1 overs) and Hardik Pandya(1/55 in 10 overs) did extremely well in the middle over to give the opposition team a tough time.

Martin Guptill(1) couldn’t do anything for New Zealand and fell a prey to the bowling of Bumrah. Williamson played well with Henry Nicholls(28 off 51 balls) during the 68 run second wicket stand. But the excellent bowling of Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah never let Black Caps gain the momentum in the match.

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The match officials tried their best to take control of the adverse situation that was brought in by weather, but the match couldn’t be completed on Tuesday. Even if the overs were reduced, the rain wouldn’t allow the match to proceed. It was therefore decided to resume the match on Wednesday.

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Reportedly, when the covers got off at 10 pm, the outfield was full of water, and the match couldn’t have started anyway. Various scenarios could have emerged if the rain stopped. India could have set a revised target of something between 148 in 20 overs to 237 in 46 overs.

But since the weather didn’t allow the game to proceed the match will be carried forward to the reserve day from the same place where it had stopped (211 for 5 in 46.1 overs) for New Zealand.

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