Thursday, 11 July 2019
It was a frustrating day of cricket for the Indian team as well as their supporters as rain played spoilsport in the World Cup semifinal match at Old Trafford. The Indian bowlers had done an excellent job in restricting New Zealand to 211 for five, when in the 47th over it started to rain and never ceased till late in the evening.
Reserve Day To The Rescue
Luckily the ICC has penciled a reserve day in the knockouts, thus the game will resume at the same score today, weather permitting, of course. The good news for India is that if there is no further play and the match ends in no-result, then India would go through to the final for having finished higher than New Zealand in the points table.
The moment the players came off just before lunch, with India yet to send down the last 3.5 overs, there was speculation on the fate of the match. Will the rain abate in time for India to play a minimum of 20 overs, with a DLS revised score of 148, a tough ask given the conditions. Under the circumstances, it is good that India have got a fair chance to overhaul whatever score New Zealand manage in their remaining 23 deliveries when they bat today, to complete their full complement of 50 overs.