New Zealand to resume play on 211/5* (46.1)

2019-07-10 at 12:54

New Zealand will pick up where they left off after rain delayed and eventually postponed yesterday’s semi-final clash against India.

Due to adverse weather, match officials declared that no further play was possible and pushed to the match to today instead, a reserve day.

The match will therefore recommence this afternoon at 3pm Sri Lanka time.

The game will continue where it was halted – New Zealand will complete their 50-over innings and India will then complete their 50-over innings, weather permitting.

The match may be shortened dependent on conditions.

For the match to be completed, India are required to bat for at least 20 overs.

If after the reserve day the match has still not reached a result, India will progress to the final given their higher finishing position in the group stage.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss yesterday and elected to bat first.

Having lost their last three group stage fixtures, New Zealand, up against an India side that have lost just once in this World Cup, were very much going into their fourth consecutive World Cup semi-final as underdogs.

New Zealand took 16 balls to get off the mark, with Jasprit Bumrah again proving dangerous.

The pressure told on Guptill, whose edge flew to Virat Kohli at first slip.

Williamson, Henry Nicholls and Ross Taylor later laid a solid platform.

Williamson’s wicket, after he reached his fourth fifty-plus score of the tournament, threatened to derail the innings, before New Zealand decided to play their shots.

After the fall of Jimmy Neesham in the 41st over, New Zealand began to accelerate.

Play for the day was eventually called off by the umpires with New Zealand 211/5 after 46.1 overs.