Highlights: India's World Cup campaign comes to an end!
New Zealand, the firm underdogs, beat favourites India by 18 runs despite Ravi Jadeja’s heroics in a semi-final that spread over for more than 28 hours.
What a thriller this! One-day, two-day—doesn’t matter! New Zealand were the better side, and they march on to the finals at the ‘Home of Cricket’. Kane Williamson will be a relieved captain. A lot of the things didn’t fall into place—for one, Martin Guptill’s woeful form continues—but a lot others did. They bowled brilliantly and fielded perfectly! They knew that they had put up a competitive total at the Old Trafford, and they set up their game accordingly!
India are out of the World Cup! Yeah, take your time… no hurry! The Men in Blue will be kicking themselves in the gut. Their bowlers had done a world of good to restrict the Kiwis for 239; they had the momentum to chase this down. But they lost Rohit and Kohli and Rahul in 3.1 overs for one run each. They didn’t have a back-up plan for that! Their middle-order slumped yet again. Pant and Pandya showed some guts, but they departed playing two silly shots.
As the shot-selection, the batting order was questionable, too, with Dhoni being held back to number seven, even as the inexperienced men were sent ahead of him. A masterclass Jadeja was wonderful all-round—he almost snatched the match out of Kiwis’ jaw. ALMOST! It was not to be, though. He got out, and Dhoni couldn’t finish! How much would that hurt!
And for the second time in four years, New Zealand have muscled their way through to the World Cup final!
WICKET! NZ defeat India by 18 runs
New Zealand held his nerves. His team held the nerves. Untill the very end. And India lose their tenth wicket! Chahal nicks it to the keeper and that's it!
Brilliant chase this from Jadeja, and with Dhoni on the field, they looked on to win the game. But take no credit away from the Kiwis. Boult and Henry were superb with the new ball, dismissing India's rock-solid top-three for a run each. Karthik came and went just like that; and how sensational was Santner! He got both the youngsters Pant and Pandya when they looked to go big. They will take that. They're thorugh to the finals where they will face either of the two: Australia or England!
Since the 2015 WC, India have only failed to chase one target smaller than the 240 they’ve just failed chasing: 190 v WI in Antigua, in that match MS Dhoni scored 54 off 114 balls. The top three failed - but MS Dhoni is no longer good enough to make up for their failings. #CWC19— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) July 10, 2019
DHONI IS OUT!
Six first ball! Short ball, Dhoni pins it past point for a SIX! Banged it short outside off, Dhoni leaps off his feet and scythes a six.
Oh, and he perishes! Run-out! A direct hit and Dhoni is just inches short. An out-of-form Guptill has probably done the best thing this World Cup! That should be it!
Well, if you aren't convinced: Ferguson just bowled Bhuvneshwar for a golden duck!
India need 23 runs from the last over.
Jadeja is GONE! Something had to give! A big big wicket this at a crucial moment. A fantastic innings come to an end! It's a skier! Who wants it? The captain takes the catch himself!
India require 31 runs from 12 balls with 3 wickets in hand. Dhoni on strike. The best finisher, can he do it one last time?
5 runs from the 47th over
Dhoni is happy ticking around and giving Jadeja strike, the man who's playing an innings of his life here at Old Trafford. And what a time to do that! But India can take only five singles from that Matt Henry over!
The required run rate has shot up to 12rpo. India require 37 runs from 18 balls.
the brave Jadeja!
It's his day! Whatever he touches, turns to GOLD! A slower delivery and Jadeja is beat, picks the inside edge and goes to the thrid man boundary for a four. 10 runs from the 45th over.
We're down to the last four overs. India need 42 runs from 24 balls at 10.5rpo.
That's SIX number 4 for Jadeja!
What a recovery this has been! 96 runs partnership this. Jadeja picks the slower one and wheels it over mid-off for a six! Absolutely pumped it. Rohit roars in the dressing room. Flat and hard.
10 runs from that over. India need 52 off the last five overs with four wickets in hand.
Oh, could you believe it?! Santner runs in, attacks the catch; but the ball lands just in front of him. Neesham is furious. Seems like a Jadeja day! They take two, but only seven runs from that over.
It's 10 runs an over from here for India. They require 62 runs from 36 balls.
Just 3 runs from 43rd
That's brilliant stuff from Lockie Ferguson. What a comeback in a pressure situation! Just conceded three runs from that over. India require 69 runs from 42 balls at 9.85rpo.
Stats: Jadeja's innings is the highest by a number 8 or lower in World Cup semifinals.
A fighting fifty for Jadeja!
Incredible shot this from Jadeja! Bursts through the fielder. The slower ball has been pulled away with great power and authority. He takes two runs from the next ball. And that's his fifty! You know what happens next, you know it! Out comes the trademark sword dance!
Three back-to-back nine runs per over. And India are inching close, mind you! They require 72 runs from 48 balls.
150 up for India!
The crowd believes it! They believe that Dhoni and Jadeja can carry their side home! Excellent batting this from Ravi Jadeja, he has ensured India get a boundary every over since the last three. India need 90 runs from 10 balls. And that's exactly the number of runs that came from the 40th over. Both Jadeja and Dhoni have ensured run-a-ball 61 runs partnership.
And just like that, Jadeja smokes Santner yet again for a SIX! It's his day, say no more! Another 9 runs and this means India require 81 runs from the last 9 overs.
Another SIX from Jadeja!
Well, he has taken it upon himself to hit aboundary every over. And he does it in style. Steps out, gets close to the pitch of the ball and clubs it over Neesham over long-on. Bam! That's the first boundary off Santner.
India take 10 runs from that over. They require 99 more from 66 balls at 9.00rpo.
The required run rate shoots 9rpo
All about timing and placement! It's dragged down on middle, and Jadeja clears his front leg and smites it into the stands beyond midwicket for a one bounce four. There's some dust flying off his bat as he connects that shot. Henry makes an excellent comeback and that's three dots on the trot. A single off the last ball and India take just 5 runs despite that boundary.
India need 109 runs from 72 balls at 9.08rpo.
I feel you, Rohit!
For the umpeenth time!
Matt Henry comes into the attack and bowls abolsutely perfect line and length to contain Dhoni and Jadeja. Just 4 runs from the over. India require 117 runs from 84 balls at 8.35rpo.
Mitch Santner comes into attack
So the last two overs have been excellent for India: 17 runs came from it. But here's Santner, who's having a sensational day.
Five runs from that Santner over. India require 121 runs from 90 balls at 8.06rpo.
That's a SIX!
Would ya' believe it? Jadeja has gone for it! He hasn't given this up. A belligerent, massive, monstrous swing of the blade, clears long-on for a six! Have they changed their approach? Or is it just the Neesham over--okay, here's a slightly weaken bowler you can score against?
Nine runs from this over from over, nonetheless. India are 106/6, and require 134 runs from 102 balls.
Given the records, shouldn't India have rather played England?
Pandya is OUT!
Another one takes on Santner, and perishes! Santner is having a dream day here! First it was Pant who pouched a slog sweep to the cow corner; now, it's Pandya--just couldn't resist going big. An awful wild slog across the line, and Pandya has absolutely been suckered! He holes it out to Williamson who takes a skier at midwicket.
Utterly succumbed to the pressure! India are 94/6 after 31 overs.
SANTNER GETS HIS SECOND!— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 10 July 2019
The pressure had built hugely, and finally Hardik Pandya loses his cool. He skies one, and #KaneWilliamson holds onto the pressure catch.
India are 92/6, but Dhoni is still there...#INDvNZ | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/zimA0DfkGH
A finisher, yeah?
Does he have one more? When MS Dhoni is not out at the end of an ODI innings, India win 92 per cent of the time.
India need to keep ticking
There's no time for India to waste. This is cruel, I know! The required run-rate has climbed to 6.86rpo--and it's only a matter of an over when it cross 7rpo. India have lost a crucial wicket of Rishabh Pant in a pressure situation, and have scored only 11 runs in the last 5 overs. Dhoni and Pandya are at the crease, and should look to pick up singles and doubles here and there, and wait for a loosener to smash a boundary.
Oh, it has! India take just one run from the 28th over off Ferguson--and the RRR shots up to 7.19.
Funny thing is, every Indian fan was hoping India play New Zeland in the semis. There, I said it!
Holes out to the cow corner! Rishabh Pant is gone. Patience pays off for New Zealand, not so for Pant--he succumbs to the pressure! A wild heave across the line, and straight to de Grandhomme's safe hands. This is huge! A defining moment in the match.
No one saw this coming. That's unpredictable--and there goes India's wild card!
India require 169 runs from 27 overs at 6.25rpo. Onwards marches Dhoni! Can he do it one more time?
Eight runs from that over!
India are 70/4 after 20 overs.
Pant has slashed the last ball off Neesham for a boundary through a vacant third man. Settle in, guys! It's not over yet! It's the natural flair of Pant and Pandya taking India inches above that junkyard they found themselves in after losing four wickets inside the first powerplay.
Meanwhile, Santner is in 21st over. And he goes through as quickly as jadeja--it helped that not a single run was scored.
Where's the butter, eh?
After New Zealand's blistering start, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya have rebuilt well.— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) 10 July 2019
India are 60/4 after 18 overs, needing a further 180 to win from 32 overs.
This game is on a knife-edge!#CWC19
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Nine runs from that over
Not a bad over at all. They take nine runs from it. And just like that, Pandya and Pant are stitching a much-needed partnership here.
Every run is being cheered; every shot applauded here at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester. Indian fans have been phenomenal; they’ve supported their team in massive numbers--and their support wasn't a dime less even if this semi-final stretched over for two days.
India are 60/4 after 18 overs.
Fifty up for India
Pandya had the heart in his mouth when he played that pull shot. That's Ferguson, bowled at Ferguson pace. A quick bouncer, and Pandya was late on the pull. He loses one hand, can't control the shot, and the ball lobbed up--but dropped just short of the two men running back at the midwicket. India will take that! A little bit of luck is very much welcome.
Meanwhile, fifty is up for India in 16.5 overs. Just hang in there, you two. Just hang in there!
India are 43/4 at the end of 15 overs.
These two Indian batsmen at the crease are two of the most talented young players in the world, but this is a new challenge. Neither Pant nor Hardik has an ODI century, and if India are going to chase this they will likely need one of them to make their first.
I know India are four down, but they still have some batting to come: there's Dhoni and Jadeja yet to come--and even Bhuvi can bat.
A finisher, eh?
Some people are suggesting that MS Dhoni should have been promoted to deal with the chaos. It's not a ridiculous suggestion, but it's not something he's done a lot; he's only batted in the first Powerplay on three occasions since the Champions Trophy in 2017. #CWC19— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) July 10, 2019
Man, oh man! Cricket is a nasty game, it can chew you up and then, spit you out! Neesham took a blinder earlier to dismiss Dinesh Karthik, and now, he's dropped a regulation catch of Rishabh Pant. The young man, India's hope, gets away with that flick.
Lockie Ferguson denied a wicket first over. India are 38/4 after 13 overs.
PLUCKED OUT OF THIN AIR!
THIS IS THE MOST DRAMATIC POWERPLAY I'VE EVER SEEN!
Neesham takes a blinder. A zinger of a catch! He stretches the most an average human can, and plucks the ball right when it was dying at the backward point. With his left-hand, just inches above the ground. And guess what, he is absolutely mobbed by his teammates. Karthik is gone, and that's wicket number 3 for Matt Henry.
This is knife-edge cricket. Sensational from the Kiwis. Still, no Dhoni! Pandya joins Pant.
Karthik opens his account after 21 balls
Finally, he has got runs on his account; gets off the mark after 20 balls. Fuller, angling across off, and Karthik slices it away between the three-man slip cordon and backward point for four. This would do a plenty of good to him--and the team. A couple of runs the next ball with a drive straight of mid off, and Karthik is up and running.
India 19/3 after 9 overs.
India 10/3 after 6 overs
This is the first time India have lost three wickets in the opening four overs since January 2010.
Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik are on the crease inside just 4th over. Pant is playing a mature cricket here at Old Trafford--he's leaving the good balls, defending the others, and has just threaded a bad ball through the gap between point and cover with a good-looking drive. That India's first! They're in the game, India. Dhoni, Pandya, Jadeja--and even Bhuvi--are yet to come. Both these number 4 contenders need to hang in there. Play out as many balls, there's plenty left.
Rahul's gone, too!
Oh, dear! OH, DEAR! KL Rahul is done for as well. Nicks it just like his opening partner Rohit Sharma. And just like that, India are three wickets down in just 3.1 overs. Good length, angling in from over the wicket and moving away outside off. Should've left it alone, Rahul! But he pokes at it. It takes the outside edge and Latham takes a beautiful catch: throws himself to his right and grabs it diving in front of Taylor at first slip.
KOHLI IS OUT!
There you have it! India's worst nightmare...and boy, it has come true! Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli gone in quick succession. A dream start from New Zealand's point of view. Full again, starts on leg stump and swings back in. Kohli shuffles across and plays around his front pad. Pinged on the front pad just above the knee-roll. A review taken, but the balltracking shows umpire's call.
Pant, India' number 4, comes in just under three overs.
Got 'em. Yes, he's out! The big man, the big fish, the big wicket! Matt Henry gives India the first blow. What a cracker that! Rohit Sharma, India's hero, departs second over. Fuller, angling in and then straightening away so very late off a wobbly seam. The tight line teases Rohit into feeling for the ball and a tentative fiddle catches the outside edge of the bat. Latham takes an easy catch. And man, the Kiwis are delighted! They're back in the game!
India are 5/1 after 2 overs.
First over, two runs
Quick single first ball. A hint of swing from Boult. Boult to Sharma, and he gets off strike straightaway. NZ need to find a way past Rohit and Kohli if they are to stay in this game, to stay in the World Cup. Rahul plays the next four balls dots, and India are 2/0 at the end of first over.
NZ 239/8 after 50.0 overs
Brilliant this from Bumrah. Just conceded seven runs from the final over. And how good was Bhuvi from the other end! 28 runs added in 23 balls this morning. Could've been more but for some heroics in the field from Ravi Jadeja--an act of brilliance twice in consecutive balls.
Well, there you go: India require 240 to qualify for the finals. Can New Zealand dent India's chase early--or is it going to be another hitman show? We'll find out soon enough. Pay resumes in just 10 minutes.
Another one bites the dust!
Pretty much what you'd expect at this stage of the innings. A tail ender going for a big slog, and gifting his wicket instead. Seven runs and two wickets--an excellent 49th over from Bhuvi!
NZ 232/8 after 49 overs.
Jadeja, you beaut!!
The very next ball after effecting a brilliant run-out to dismiss Taylor, Jadeja has taken a sensational catch. Latham had absolutely belted this through midwicket but a masterful Jadeja, who was drifting in to stop a two, moves back quickly to take a stunner.
And just like that, he's transformed India's agenda this morning.
Taking twos, are we? WICKET!
New Zealand are looking for twos here. That’s the strategy: if you’re not scoring a boundary, get twos—that’s a boundary every two balls, anyway. They’ve taken four twos in the last two overs already.
The last ball, they run for the fifth last ball off Bumrah, but Jadeja's throw has caught Taylor short of his crease. A direct hit! You just can't keep Jadeja out of the game. Hit bull's eye with just one stump in sight. Phenomenal stuff!
Bhuvi keeps it down!
The first ball from Bhuvi has been cracked firmly towards the deep point for a single. Three solid yorkers follow thereafter: an average fielding results in a couple of runs the fourth ball. But not a boundary conceded. India would like that. Eight runs from that over.
Indian players have made their way to the ground, and there they are: Tom Latham and Ross Taylor walking in the pitch to face the last 23 deliveries. They'll have to get along with the slogging from ball one. How easy will that be? Meanwhile, a loud cheer from the fans at the Old Trafford stadium. The weather looks fine; a bright sunny day.
Lock 'em up, Lockie?
We're just 10 minutes away!
Oh, hello! Let's try this all over again, shall we?
India were exceptional yesterday before the rain intervened and forced the play to the reserve day. New Zealand have 23 deliveries left and would ideally want at least another 35-40 runs. The innings break between the innings will only be 10 minutes.
There you go! The play has been suspended due to rain! But it's not over just yet: the Kiwis will resume from where they left off tomorrow at 3pm. This crucial semi-final WILL see a result. It's advantage India at the moment, but you never know!
I'll see you guys tomorrow afternoon. Sleep tight for now!
I'll be damned!
It's drizzling again. And the covers are up. If you thought there were 15 minutes left to the final call for this soggy contest, well, this could be it! You may go back to sleep, and wake up to see India chase a full 50 overs.
RAIN HAS STOPPED!
Nope, it's not a joke! It's DAMN true! The covers are being pulled off but there are massive puddles on the ground. After a first round of inspection, the umpires hae gone into the India dressing room to relay their findings from out in the middle.
There will be a further, and surely final, inspection at 10.40pm (India time).
How do we go about from here?
We could be in here for a long day. It's gotten brighter at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester but it continues to rain. So, where do we go from here? First thing, the match officials will try to get a result today. Just like any normal rain interruption: shorten overs, DLS, etc. They'll go for the reserve day only if the result is not produced today.
Also, the reserve day will be a continuation not a restart, assuming play commenced on the original match day. If no play was possible on the original planned match day, a full 50-over per team match will commence on the reserve day, weather permitting.
But if the match referee deems the game could be completed today, we could even have a 20-over chase by India startin at midnight. In such a scenario, India's target would be 148.
???? ???????? need to bat at least 20 overs for a result— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 9, 2019
???? If possible, a result will be reached today
???? If not, the game will continue tomorrow
???? If still no result is possible, ???????? will progress to the #CWC19 final, as group winners#INDvNZhttps://t.co/Xim0zBSCug
Would ya' want that?
The shorter the game, the stiffer the run-rate India will have to achieve. If it is a 20 over game now, the target would be 148. If, however, it becomes a 46 over game and India bat 20 overs, the target then will actually be just about 60-70 for no loss.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 9, 2019
Play stopped due to rain!
Now then, the umpires are having a chat. And the covers are coming on! You knew this was going to happen--you've been reading the prediction all day long about the afternoon showers. It's not raining heavily yet but it does seem that more is on its way.
Taylor and Latham walk off the ground with 23 balls remaining. This being an all-important semi-finals, the rules for the game indicate they wait for about two hours before there's a loss of overs. Every effort will be made to finish the match today, but there is a reserve day tomorrow, if need be.
Who does it best?
Only two of Bumrah's death overs in 2019 have gone for more than 10 runs off the bat. Take that!
One's saved, other's GONE!
Rossie walks across the stumps to face the first ball from Bhuvi. It's full--very full--and straight and it knocks the pad. Up goes the finger! Taylor reviews and is SAVED!
But Bhuvi had to take a wicket this over. Just two balls later. There's a reason he is picked ahead of Shami, and he has exhibited it in quite a fashion here. Colin de Grandhomme is suckered by the slower ball and feathers an edge to wicketkeeper MS Dhoni. Got all the muscles in the world, and he goes for a cheeky daft shot.
NZ are 202/5 after 45 overs.
Fifty for Taylor. HUGE over for NZ!
Oh, that should be the hardest fifty he would've scored in his entire career--Taylor's 50th fifty in an ODI. And he brings that milestone up with a SIX! That should unshackle him. Oh, it has! He picks up a couple runs the next ball and then drills it FIRMLY wide of mid-wicket. A boundary from the last ball does it then--the best over for New Zealand, the last off Chahal.
New Zealand are 197/4 after 44 overs.
That's the last thing a Kiwi fan would like to hear rn!
Colin de Grandhomme is the new man in. But he and Taylor can't really take on Chahal in the 42nd over. Eight runs from it, and NZ are 170/4 after 42 overs.
Four and OUT!
You can't really keep Pandya out of the game. He's everywhere: with the ball, the bat, the field. He believes anything is possible; and he's done that! Gets hit for a boundary and the next ball, he fins a wicket! Jimmmy Neesham is gone as the Kiwis were just looking to accelerate.
NZ 162/4 after 41 overs.
NZ 155/3 afer 40 overs
How many more runs can they get? What's a good score on this pitch? New Zealand have a plenty of wickets in hand, but have just 10 more overs to maximise the gains. Three from Bumrah and Bhuvi; two each remaining from Chahal and Pandya.
Oh, Rohit! That should've been taken. Jimmy Neesham was completely done by the slower bouncer from Pandya. He just hung his bat mid-air, and the ball looped off the top-edge and lobbed wide of mid-wicket. Rohit lazily runs across, and stretches his hand half-heartedly. The ball missed his fingers.
Most runs for NZ in a World Cup:
548 K WILLIAMSON (2019)
547 M Guptill (2015)
499 S Styris (2007)
456 M Crowe (1992)
353 S Fleming (2007)
Meanwhile, New Zealand batsmen have already played 137 dot balls. Though Ross Taylor has been able to preserve his wicket so far, he doesn't look in good shape: he has scored only 29 runs from 57 balls, and managed only two boundaries.
Done by the wristy magic, Williamson!
The ball stuck in the surface for a bit, turns, and Williamson is gone trying to slash this one for a four! Takes the outside edge and the ball loops to Jadeja who takes a sitter. A massive, massive moment this in this semi-final. A long vigil has ended to the pain of some and pleaure for others. Always that little bit of magic, the revvs, the drifts from the wrist spinners. Chahal with the breakthrough!
HUGE WICKET!#KaneWilliamson goes for 67, skewing an outside edge off Yuzvendra Chahal to Ravindra Jadeja at point.— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 9, 2019
New Zealand's main man has helped lay the platform, but no more. Can the rest of his batsmen deliver?#CWC19 | #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/V3IPRMK3x9
Finally, a sign of 'intent'!
Something’s got to give. Both the players—Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor—have successfully navigated the danger of Jasprit Bumrah, and would be eyeing to go big against Hardik Pandya, who has three overs left.
Meanhwhile, New Zealand have showed a clear sign of intent first ball off Jadeja. An inside-out thump high over the off-side. A slog-sweep from Kane Williamson the fourth ball gives the Kiwis a boundary. Dhoni whips off the bails the fifth ball, but Williamson's back-leg is firmly planted inside the crease.
Eight runs from Jadeja's last over. Brilliant bowling figure for him: 10-0-31-1.
New Zealand have crawled their way to 122/2 after 33 overs. Bumrah would have got Taylor had Dhoni collected that low, half-a-chance. Can he, along with Kane Williamson, amp up their innings and post 250+ score to challenge India?
Bumrah is back into the attack
Edged and dropped! It did carry! Taylor jabs at the short legcutter from Bumrah, and nicks it behind. Hits Dhoni on the fingertips and he flings in pain. Champion bowler that he is, Bumrah created a wicket taking opportunity the very third ball in his second spell.
Fifty for Williamson
Another day, another fifty. Drives the loopy delivery from Chahal down to long-on for a single. Smoothly done! Williamson has scored a truck load of runs for the Kiwis, more than 30 per cent of the runs scored by New Zealand this World Cup. Big innings under a pressure situation. A determined Kane marches on!
A boundary after 14 overs
A slog sweep between mid-on and deep midwicket means New Zealand finally score a boundary since the 14th over. Taylor then takes the cue from the captain and top-edges a slash for another four. 10 runs from the 28th over. Is this the over they needed to unshackle themselves?
They take a single from the next over from Pandya to bring up 100 for New Zealand.
A huge appeal from Chahal for an LBW! He can't belive the finger hasn't gone up. He looks at the umpire with pleading eyes, and then to Dhoni. They don't have a review left. A slider from Chahal that Taylor defends. But the ball beats the inside edge and pins his front pad. The ball-tracker sws 'Umpires Call'.
Pandya is back into the attack. Four runs from his over, and New Zealand are 89/2 after 27 overs.
Indian spinners keep things tight
There’s a lot of spin on offer for Indian spinners on this Old Trafford pitch at Manchester. Wonder if New Zealand might regret not picking a second spinner if the ball continues to behave the same way.
Ross Taylor, the new man-in, is just looking to the knock the ball around. They’re scoring at just 3.41rpo, and most importantly, have scored only 12 runs in the last 5 overs. India, on the other hand, are happy to sit back and watch the match go by.
Right through his defence! Between the bat and pads! Jadeja strikes! This one spun sharply, and Nicholls was caught playing just outside the line of the ball. The middle stump is knocked back. India would take that, they would love it.
Pandya looks in trouble
Pandya seems to be in trouble here. He stops in his run-up, and it looks like it’s high on the right thigh--a right groin problem. He runs in gingerly to ball another two deliveries. DK has a chat with him from mid off.
He hobbles off the field. This isn't looking good for India. Pandya is struggling to even climb the stairs. Kohli can’t afford to lose a bowler here—they don’t have a Jadhav to fill in for him. Would he fancy running up himself—well ge got Williamson the last time 11 years ago in the under-19 world cup final.
Mayank Agarwal on the field for Pandya.
50 runs partnership between Williamson-Nicholls
New Zealand have done nothing wrong after the loss of Martin Guptill quite early in the innings. Nicholls and Williamson have looked positive, and have given India quite a fight back. It's game awareness from Kane, the Kiwis' captain that they sustained a sensational Indian start. And after that great revovery, both of them look to amp up the score: though the overall run-rate stands at 3.71, both these batsmen have scored at 5.8rpo in the last five overs.
India need another wicket here.
NZ 27/1 after 10 overs
Alright, so the first Powerplay has gone India's way. Bumrah and Bhuvi started off well and didn't allow the Kiwis to break free. It took them 17 deliveries to bring their first run, and eight overs to score the first boundary. Bumrah dismissed Guptill early on with a beaut of a delivery. Also, he bowled the ninth maiden in the process--the maximum by a bowler this World Cup. But Williamson and Nicholls have done well to survive the new ball, and would like to build on.
After 10 overs, India are on top ????— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 9, 2019
The seamers have been metronomical, and New Zealand have managed just 27 runs.
They have only lost one wicket though. Can #KaneWilliamson and Henry Nicholls rebuild and hit back?#INDvNZ | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/MYZEy80MAo
Finally, some intent. FOUR!
That's the first boundary from New Zealand after eight oevrs. Nicholls decides enough's enough and being succumbed to the pressure won't do them any good. He leans forward with intent and drives the last delivery from Bumrah through the covers for a four.
Williamson sweetly-times a straight drive off the second delivery the next over for a four. Goes on to show how fast the outfield really is!
New Zealand are 23/1 after 9 overs. Pandya replaces Bumrah after his splendid four overs.
A forgettable summer!
Pace, bounce, edge, GONE! The corridor of uncertainty, the damned corridor of uncertainty! The ball zips into the batsmen like a bullet and he's left with a gentle poke on the backfoot. The ball flies to the second slip, and what a take that from the captain! Kohli takes this one right in front of his face reverse-cup. The crowd roars! A tentative Guptill kept putting pressure on himself and is succumbed yet again this World Cup. A forgettable tournament this for him so far!
First run after 16 balls
Guptill is looking to hit the ball straight early on but he keeps picking the fielders. The first run for New Zealand comes after 16 deliveries—nudged off the hop to square leg. Nerves! Big match nerves!
This is the first time since the last World Cup that New Zealand have started an innings with two maidens.
Bumrah with the maiden as well
Never bowls a loosener, Bumrah. Beats the outside edge the second ball. A nervous start this from both the Kiwis openers: Henry Nicholls and Martin Guptill. They don't have many runs in this World Cup, and it's pretty evident here at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester.
Back-to-back maiden overs for India! Terrific start this!
First over maiden!
After a tough 2018, where he averaged 48.81 with the ball, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has come back well this year. In 2019, his average has been 25.03 - he's been backed ahead of Shami today, and he needs to repay that faith.
Alright, here he comes. ICC ranking: 20. Huge appeal first ball. Guptill plays across the line, and the ball straightened late--but not enough! India take the review but the ball is missing the leg stump. They lose the review first over.
And it's a brilliant start from Bhuvi, Guptill is left feeling the ball fifth ball. Beats the outside edge. Maiden over to start with!
WOW!— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 9, 2019
What a start!
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is right on the money first up, beginning with a maiden... But #ViratKohli has used up India's review with the very first ball of the game.
Could that prove costly?#CWC19
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- India have played New Zealand 13 times since the last World Cup, and have won nine times.
- India are playing their seventh World Cup semi-final; New Zealand, their eighth.
- India in semi-finals: WON- 3, LOST- 3 .
- The last time they lost a World Cup game at Manchester was in June, 1979. They have won all the five WC matches played at this venue since—twice in this World Cup.
- Kuldeep Yadav has bowled 25 balls to Kane Williamson in ODIs, and dismissed him twice. NOT TODAY, PAL!
Ferguson comes in for Southee
New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
Chahal in for Kuldep Yadav
Virat Kohli says that the wicket is fresh--nice and hard--and is similar to their last match. Yuzvendra Chahal comes in for Kuldeep Yadav.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand win the toss, bat first
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has won the toss and has elected to bat first.
What if the Manchester weather plays spoilsport?
In the event of weather forcing a "no result", the game will recommence the following day from where it stopped. The result of the toss, too, will be taken forward even a single ball isn't bowled.
Pretty cool, imma right?
A song of ice and fire?
Rohit (647), KL Rahul (360) and Virat Kohli (442) with a cumulative contribution of 1347 runs will meet their match in Ferguson (17 wickets), Boult (15 wickets) and Matt Henry (10 wickets), who have shared 42 wickets between them.