New Zealand won the toss, batted first, and scored 211 for the loss of five wickets in 46 overs before rain stopped play at Old Trafford in Manchester on July 9, 2019.
The Kiwis will resume batting on the reserve day, i,e on Wednesday at 3 PM IST. Even on Wednesday rain is forecast in Manchester.
New Zealand score 239/8 in 50 overs
At least 20-over game is expected to be played on day two if rain permits. In case, there is no play on day two and the game is abandoned, India moves on to play the finals on the basis of more points, wins and net-run-rate.
Final scorecard on day one –
46.1 overs – New Zealand 211 for 5 (Taylor 67*, Williamson 67, Bumrah 1-25, Bhuvneshwar 1-30).
Rain threat on reserve day:
The history of the previous five games at old-Trafford suggests that the team batting first has won all of them. This is what might have prompted the Kiwi skipper Williamson to bat first after winning the toss, even the rain factor had to be considered.
Highlights of day 1
But the score of 211 in 46.1 over on a batting-friendly pitch is considered very less. It’s going to be a cakewalk for India unless New Zealand comes up with a miraculous bowling display against the powerful Indian batting line-up.
New Zealand lost an early wicket but didn’t lose any more in the first ten overs, but their score at the end of the first Powerplay – 27 – was the lowest of the World Cup 2019.
Indian pacers Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah gave nothing away and consistantly beat the bats of the Kiwi batsmen.
TV telecast and live streaming info:
Viewers in India can watch live on Star Sports with the live stream available at Hotstar.com.
Sky Sports will telecast in New Zealand. PTV Sports will broadcast in Pakistan with live streaming at Sonyliv.com.
ECB criticized for not moving the semifinal match from MAnchester
Twitter was full of memes and users lashed out to the England Cricket Board for not changing the venue of the semi-final match despite the rain forecast. the stadium was jam-packed and the spectators had to return to come again on the next day.
Many complained that they were ruined of watching the Indian batting and that they may not get leave on the second day in a row.Tweets by BCCI