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9 July, 2019 06:31:26 PM / LAST MODIFIED: 9 July, 2019 10:40:56 PM

Rain stops play after Grandhomme falls

Independent Online/ Dawn
Rain stops play after Grandhomme falls

New Zealand's slow innings against India in the first World Cup semi-final at Old Trafford were interrupted by rain on Tuesday. The Black Caps were 211 for the loss of five wickets after 46 overs.

According to ESPN Cricinfo, it has been raining heavily in Machester for the past half hour. If the rain does not permit the teams to continue today, the match will be resumed on a reserve day as per the rules of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Ross Taylor and Tom Latham were on the crease when the game was interrupted by the rain. Taylor had scored 67 off 85 balls, while Latham stood at 3.

Kiwis had lost Colin de Grandhomme (16) who, in an apparent attempt to lift New Zealand's run rate in the final overs, had played straight into the hands of Indian wicketkeeper MS Dhoni, reducing the Kiwis to 200-5 in 45 overs.

De Gradhomme's wicket came just two balls after Ross Taylor took a successful review after being adjudged lbw.

New Zealand had lost James Neesham (12) in the 41st over when he was caught by Dinesh Karthik.

New Zealand have been defensive against Indian bowlers, who have kept the run rate in check. The Black Caps had suffered a major setback in the 36th over when skipper Kane Williamson (67) was removed by Yuzvendra Chahal.

Kiwis were 134 for the loss of three wickets after the skipper's dismissal. Over the next four overs, they managed to score 21 more.

Williamson, who has been the lynchpin of his team's batting order that has not fared too well in the tournament, had brought his fourth half-century of the World Cup as he tried to lift his team's score in the 30th over.

Williamson's 50 had come off 79 balls and he only managed to hit three boundaries in the process.

The run tally of Williamson — who has been a steady force in New Zealand's batting order — in the World Cup has crossed 500 and his tournament average passed 100, according to the ICC Cricket World Cup Twitter account.

He had built a 68-run partnership with Henry Nicholls (28), giving the team some stability after the early wicket of Martin Guptill (1). It came to an end in the 19th over when Nicholls was bowled out by Ravindra Jadeja.

Indian bowlers had started building pressure on the Kiwis from the get-go as the first two overs, bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, went maiden. It paid off as Guptill was removed by Bumrah in the fourth over when Indian captain Virat Kohli took a catch on the second slip.

New Zealand captain Williamson won the toss and opted to bat against India.

All of the five previous matches in the tournament played on the Manchester ground have been won by the side batting first but the overcast conditions promised to assist India's pacemen.

"We're going to bat," said Williamson, who has been responsible for more than 28 percent of his side's runs at the World Cup, at the toss.

"It looks like a good surface. We've played a number of matches here so we know it's a good pitch," added Williamson, whose side beat West Indies by five runs at Old Trafford in a thrilling group match on June 22.

"It was 50-50 with the overheads (cloud cover) but we just have to bat well. We've got a great opportunity today."

Change in line-up
Two-time former champions India made one change from the side that beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets at Headingley on Saturday to top the 10-team round-robin, with Yuzvendra Chahal replacing fellow spinner Kuldeep Yadav.

That meant there was no place in their side for experienced paceman Mohammed Shami.

"We would have batted first," said India captain Virat Kohli. "It is a fresh wicket and is nice and hard and not moist.

"I think it will remain similar throughout the day. With a bit of rain around, the ball will get more wet as the game goes on.

"We have played really good cricket in Manchester. There have been two good games for us here [wins over Pakistan and the West Indies]."

"We are treating this game as normal as we can," added Kohli, whose side includes Rohit Sharma, the tournament's leading run-scorer with 647 runs.

New Zealand, the 2015 runners-up, qualified fourth after edging out Pakistan on net run-rate.

The Black Caps, appearing in their eighth semi-final but yet to win the World Cup, came into this match on the back of three straight defeats by Pakistan, Australia and England.

New Zealand made one change to the side that suffered a 119-run defeat by England at Chester-le-Street last week.

Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, their leading wicket-taker at the tournament with 17 scalps, returned following a hamstring injury in place of Tim Southee.

India and New Zealand's scheduled group match at Nottingham's Trent Bridge on June 13 was washed out without a ball bowled.


India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (capt), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wkt), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wkt), Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

Umpires: Richard Illingworth (ENG), Richard Kettleborough (ENG)

TV umpire: Rod Tucker (AUS)

Match referee: David Boon (AUS)





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