India’s World Cup 2019 semi-final match against New Zealand was suspended for the day after rain stopped the proceedings on Tuesday at Old Trafford in Manchester. The semi-final match will resume on Wednesday at 3pm IST. After winning the toss and electing to bat, New Zealand got off to a poor start as they managed to score just 27 runs and lost the wicket of Martin Guptill in the first ten overs. Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were exceptional with the ball and the spinners also did the damage in the middle-overs.
Henry Nicholls and Kane Williamson resurrected the innings with a solid 68-run stand in 89 deliveries (run-rate of 4.58) laying a platform for the Williamson-Ross Taylor partnership – New Zealand’s two world-class batsmen – to accelerate the innings – but the impetus never came! The pair added just 65 runs in 17 overs at a run-rate of just 3.82. Taylor faced as many as 33 dot balls and was unbeaten on 25 off 52 deliveries when Williamson was dismissed. A total of just 5 boundaries were hit in the 17 overs of the partnership – the majority overs during which were bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya. Not only were the duo unable to hit the big shots – in fact they did not even attempt to – they also were stuck at the crease unable to rotate the strike.