The semi-final match between India and New Zealand played incomplete on Tuesday, at Old Trafford ground in Manchester. Due to the rains, the match could only be up to 46.1 overs. The New Zealand team batted 211 while batting with the toss. Due to constant rain the match did not start again. In such a situation, on the reserve day i.e. today the match will be replayed. New Zealand’s team will start batting again from 46.1 overs. Ross Taylor (67) and Tom Latham (3) will make their innings clear.
This is not the first time in the World Cup that the match is going to be on reserve day. Even before this, the Indian team has faced such a situation. The 1999 World Cup was also played between India and England on the reserve day. India defeated England in that match. However, the match was not of the semi-finals, but the league was of the stage. That match was played at Birmingham’s Edgbaston. In that match the Indian team batted first, scored 232 runs in the loss of 8 wickets in 50 overs. In that match Rahul Dravid scored 53 runs and Sourav Ganguly scored 40 runs.
England, chasing a target of 232, gave away the team’s target of 73 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 20.3 overs. During this, the match was stopped due to the typhoon and the match was kept for the reserve day. At the time when the match stopped due to the storm, the England team needed 160 runs in 180 balls to win.
The England team started their innings on the Reserve Day in the 1999 World Cup, but in the 45.2 overs England’s entire team was all out for 169 runs. The match was won by the Indian team by 63 runs. Saurav Ganguly was selected for the match of the match. Ganguly scored 40 runs and took 3 wickets in 27 balls in 8 overs. Once again 20 years later it was an opportunity when the match was placed on reserve day. In such a situation, hopefully the Indian team will do the same thing which he had shown 20 years ago.
If even today rain is unsettling then India will have to score 237 in 46 overs to win
Between India and New Zealand, the World Cup semi-final rain was stalled after 46.1 overs on Manchester’s Old Trafford ground yesterday. The New Zealand team, batting after winning the toss, had scored 211 for five wickets. After the rain, the umpires who came to investigate the ground decided to make the rest of the match at reserve day ie Wednesday. Now the New Zealand team will start batting ahead of 46.1 overs on reserve day. If rain still disrupts and New Zealand does not bat further, according to Duckworth-Lewis, India will have to score 237 runs in 46 overs. If only 20 overs of the game are possible, then India will target 148 runs. If the match is still not completed today, due to the more points in the league stage, India will reach the finals. Let me tell you that in Manchester still 70 percent of rain is expected.