Rain pauses New Zealand innings against India at 211/5 after 46.1 overs
Manchester: The first semi-final match of the Cricket World Cup between India and New Zealand has been paused after 46.1 overs with the score at 211/5.
Ross Taylor was batting at 67 of 85 balls with wicketkeeper Tom Latham keeping company with 3 of 4 deliveries. Earlier, New Zealand had won the toss and chose to bat first on a pitch that supported pacers and not the batsmen.
New Zealand were under tremendous pressure from Indian pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar from the beginning. It took the Kiwis 17 deliveries to open their account.
All-rounder Hardik Pandhya and spinners Chahal and Jadeja offered good support preventing the New Zealand batsmen from scoring.
Openers Martin Guptill (1 of 14 balls) disappointed while Henry Nicholls (28 of 51 balls) could not do much. and Skipper Kane Williamson scored 67 of 95 balls to solidify the Kiwi innings before being caught by Ravindra Jadeja in a Yuzvendra Chahal delivery.
It was the 3rd wicket partnership between Williamson and Taylor that helped the Kiwis recover from the Indian onslaught.
Following the dismissal of Williamson, James Neesham (12 of 18 balls) and Collin de Grandhomme (16 of 10 balls) tried to raise the run-rate but in vain. All five Indian bowlers picked up one wicket each.