Manchester: The first semi-final of Cricket World Cup 2019 between India and New Zealand was called off due to rain. The match will resume on the reserved day (Wednesday) at 10.30 am local time (3 pm Indian time). New Zealand will resume their innings at 211/5 after 46.1 overs.
If the rain plays spoilsport again on Wednesday, the match will be termed as a washout and India will advance to the finals courtesy of their superior points tally. India had topped the table with 15 points while New Zealand finished 4th on 11 points.
India breathed a sigh of relief that the match was not rescheduled to limited number of overs. The readjusted targets would have been difficult to chase particularly considering the fact that the Indian pacers restricted Kiwis to one of their lowest totals in a World Cup match.
If the target was readjusted according to Duckworth–Lewis–Stern (DLS) method, India would have had to chase the following scores:
India’s chances of a successful chase will diminish with the number of overs that can be played. Chasing 148 in 20 overs on a wicket that helps paces will be a tough ask for any batting side, even for the mighty Indians.
When the match was stopped on Tuesday, Ross Taylor was batting at 67 of 85 balls with wicketkeeper Tom Latham keeping company with 3 of 4 deliveries.