Who will qualify for Final if rain plays a spoilsport today also?

Rain stopped play in first semifinal between India and New Zealand with Kiwi at 211/5 after 46.1 overs. Weather forecast for reserve day also shows rains along with overcast conditions in Manchester

Who will qualify for Final if rain plays a spoilsport today also?

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Rain stopped play in the first semifinal between India and New Zealand at the Old Trafford on Tuesday with the Kiwi scoreboard reading 211/5 after 46.1 overs. New Zealand will resume their innings on Wednesday on the same score with 23 balls of their innings still remaining.

But there is still more bad news for cricket fans; weather forecast for the reserve day also shows rains along with overcast conditions. If the match is washed out on the reserve day also, then India will automatically qualify for the finals as a result of accumulating the higher number of points in the group stages.

Ross Taylor was unbeaten on 67 off 85 balls when the umpires decided the players needed to head back to the pavilion.

The group stage match between India and New Zealand was also washed out on June 13.

The two sides played each other in the warm-up matches. Led by Trent Boult, the Kiwi pace battery rattled the Indian batting unit during their warm-up fixture.

If the downpour stops within a given period of time then the Duckworth Lewis method comes into play. One or both the teams may not get to bat the 50 overs as both balls and the target is revised after taking the ongoing situation into consideration.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson scored a fighting 95-ball 67 as the Kiwi batsmen found the going extremely tough on the slow wicket on offer. Ross Taylor played a hand as well, scoring an unbeaten 67 off 85 balls before rain stopped play with 23 balls left in the New Zealand innings.

For India, Ravindra Jadeja was the standout performer, giving away just 34 runs from his 10 overs. He also picked up the wicket of Henry Nicholls (28). While Bumrah started the show by dismissing Martin Guptill for 1, Yuzvendra Chahal snared the all-important wicket of Williamson.

Brief scores: New Zealand: 211/5 in 46.1 overs (Ross Taylor 67*, Ken Williamson 67; Jadeja 1/34) vs India

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Published: 8 Jul 2019, 1:47 PM