ICC World Cup 2019: 1st semi-final, Reserve Day, India vs New Zealand — Weather forecast | Hourly temperature and chances of rain
If play isn't possible today, India will go through to the final.
Published - Jul 10, 2019 10:35 am | Updated - Jul 10, 2019 10:35 am
Team India would have felt hard done by the weather on Tuesday when their semifinal against New Zealand was halted because of rain. The Men in Blue were thoroughly dominating the contest in Manchester before rain lashed the venue and forced the umpires to take the players inside the stadium. Unlike the group stage games, the knockout matches of the World Cup have a reserve day and India will be keen to continue their domination over the Black Caps.
New Zealand, the runners-up of the last edition of the World Cup, were reeling at 211 for 5 when rain arrived. The rain was not heavy but it was consistent enough to delay play. At 18:25 local time, the umpires finally decided to call the day off. It means New Zealand will resume their innings at 10:30 on Wednesday and India will have the full 50 overs to chase.
With the weather being cloudy, humid, overcast, it looked like an ideal bowling day. However, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson decided to bat first after winning the toss. Unsurprisingly, their batsmen struggled to get off the blocks at the start with Martin Guptill departing cheaply. New Zealand did not score a run until the 17th ball of the innings and did not hit a four until the eighth over.
But as the game wore on, their batsmen managed to find their groove. The fifties from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor helped them head towards a respectable total. Taylor, who is unbeaten on 67, and Tom Latham will start the proceeding with the bat today.
How’s the weather expected to be?
All the eyes are on weather and the forecast for today is not that great either. According to AccuWeather, the chances of rain will be around 40 percent at the start of the game. It will soon cross the 50 percent mark but will gradually decrease and would hover between in the 30s. The cloud cover will be in the 60s but will increase gradually and will be in 90s as the game wears on.
If the reserve day is also washed out, India will go through to the final because of finishing above New Zealand in the group stage. India will have to play at least 20 overs for a result.
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