India Vs New Zealand, Old Trafford, weather, rain, washed out, two day

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The World Cup semi-final between India and New Zealand will be played over a second day after rain interrupted the important clash.

New Zealand had their way to 5/211 off 46.1 overs and had just started to accelerate when the weather set in.

Four hours of waiting for the day.

At the time of 10.30am local time (7.30pm AEST) to continue where they left off in pursuit of a result.

The semi-final World Cup semi-final set-up for the first time 20 overs-per-side match needed for the Duckworth-Lewis method was not possible.

As it became apparent in the field before 6.35pm local time (3.35pm AEST), the match was stretched into second day and will continue for the last 3.5 overs of the New Zealand innings and the complete 50 overs of the chase for India.

After the countries' group games was washed out, fans and former crickets were looking for the cursed match of the Cricket World Cup.

Tournament hosts England and reigning champions Australia will contest the second semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday, with that match able to continue on Friday if a reserve day is required.

New Zealand had just started to accelerate after a sluggish start.

Kane Williamson hit 67 off 95 balls, while Ross Taylor was out on an 85-ball 67. Williamson was out in the 36th over with the score at 3/134.

A rapid acceleration saw the New Zealand pass 200 by the 45th over but slow and steady start had to improve its slow run rate.

Even if it was 211 before the rain, commentator and former Kiwi wicketkeeper Ian Smith said New Zealand needed another 50 runs.
"The most amazing statistic for me is the number of dot balls, more than 25 overs of the 46 they had been unproductive deliveries," Smith said. "When they look back on it if it doesn't turn out at the end of the day, you just can't afford to have that."

Speaking on Fox Sports ’coverage, former Aussie star Andrew Symonds said“ no way ”will be 240 am enough for New Zealand to hold off India.

"They've been competitive, for a small nation, they do incredibly well," Symonds said. "That said, you can't be on eggshells, you got to go out there, body language and intent has got to be right. Say "we are going to lose this swinging game" rather than tippy-toeing around it. "

Speaking during play, former Australian captain Steve Waugh said New Zealand had batted themselves into a hole.

Waugh was critical of Taylor, who had started with 26 off 53 balls before he got going.
"It´s not good enough at this stage of the game," Waugh said. "They really need to up the ante now. Kane Williamson can't do it all himself. "

Williamson's innings was more than a Test knocked with the Kiwi skipper playing key hand to hold the innings together in the early stages of the match against a phenomenal Indian attack.

When Williamson was dismissed, he had the highest run tally at a World Cup of any New Zealander with 548 runs at 91.33 including two centuries and two half centuries, passing Martin Guptill's 2015 tally by a single run.

India's bowling started inauspiciously with a LBW shout which was turned down on the first ball of the match. Captain Virat Kohli sent it upstairs and did the stumps, meaning India lost their one review for the match.

But tight bowling kept the run down as India restricted

The Kiwis ’1/27 edged behind England’s 1/28, also against India.

The conditions were tough with the ball seaming and moving in the innings, making run scoring difficult.

An injury scare for all-rounder Hardik Pandya also felt like shivering through the Indian camp as he struggled to bowl with what commentators called a hip flexor injury.

"They can ill afford to lose to bowler here India, they do not have another option," commentator Simon Doull said. "I imagine Virat Kohli would have to bowl a few seamers, MS Dhoni could take the pads off with Dinesh Karthik taking the pads."

India entered the game with Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bring the peace, as well as Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal.

The lack of a part-timer appears to be a "weak link" for India.

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In good news for India, Pandya returned to the field soon after.

with AFP

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