Live Updates

  • 11:00 PM IST

    New Zealand will resume play at 211/5 from 46.1 overs, with Ross Taylor and Tom Latham in the middle.

  • 10:59 PM IST

    It’s over for the day: First semifinal of World Cup 2019 pushes into reserve day due to incessant rain

  • 10:41 PM IST

    The umpires are out in the middle as the rain stops. On-field umpires and the third umpire are all out in the middle.

  • 10:27 PM IST

    The rain is toying with the fans, clearly:

  • 10:24 PM IST

    Well, well, well, the rain returns after brief stoppage, resumption of play delayed.

  • 10:18 PM IST

    Some good news from Old Trafford from our man Aditya Bhattacharya: Inspection in another 20 minutes, around 10.40 PM IST.

  • 10:09 PM IST

    Rain takes a breather, super soppers out on the field and covers are off. Ya, you read that right. It is actually happening.

  • 10:04 PM IST

    Some good news from Old Trafford:

  • 9:34 PM IST

    The rain refuses to go away as we are losing overs now.

  • 9:07 PM IST

    If the play resumes today, we have reached the moment we will be losing an over for every four minutes.

  • 8:58 PM IST

    The sun, repeat, the sun, is officially out, but there’s a slight drizzle.

  • 8:54 PM IST

    Wait a minute, this may not be over yet! Our dependable Aditya has got some sunny news!

  • 8:41 PM IST

    So, then, the rain has gotten lighter, but the scene around is not looking good. Overs will be lost from 4.31 pm local time, that’s little less than 30 minutes from now.

  • 8:18 PM IST

    Here’s the latest from our man at the Old Trafford:

  • 8:16 PM IST

    What happens if no play is possible on the reserve day as well?
    Then it comes down to which team finished higher on the points table. So, in the India-New Zealand semi-final, if there’s no play possible on the reserve day also, then India will qualify for the final as they topped the league table, while New Zealand finished fourth.

  • 8:09 PM IST

    Scenarios if there is no play today (3/3): In that case, if New Zealand’s innings concludes on 211 for 5 in 46.1 overs, the 46-over target for India would be 237. If India’s innings is reduced to 20 overs, their target would be 148.

  • 8:08 PM IST

    Scenarios if there is no play today (2/3): However, the tournament rules also suggest that all efforts will be made to ensure that the match is completed on the same day even if it goes to the extent of the match being reduced to 20 overs aside or extending the match by up to two hours.

  • 8:03 PM IST

    Scenarios if there is no play today (1/3): According to the tournament rules, if any of the two semi-finals or the final don’t finish on the scheduled day, then play will resume from exactly the same position on the following day. So, it will be a continuation of the previous day’s play and not a restart. If no is possible on the scheduled day, then a full 50 overs a side match will begin on the reserve day, subject to weather conditions.

  • 7:52 PM IST

    Details here:

  • 7:42 PM IST

    Not such a good news, to be honest:

  • 7:14 PM IST
    Possible target for India:

    If New Zealand’s innings concludes on 211 for 5 in 46.1 overs, the 46-over target for India would be 237. If India’s innings is reduced to 20 overs, their target would be 148.

  • 6:54 PM IST

    Some good news from Manchester from our very own Aditya Bhattacharya:

  • 6:34 PM IST

    Rain stops play in Manchester! The teams are heading back to the dressing room.

  • 6:29 PM IST

    Sloppy, really sloppy from India. First from Dhoni who misses to collect Chahal throw from the deep. Then, as New Zealand sneak in the second run, Kohli fires one with no back up. Two runs on overthrow where there should not have been any.

  • 6:22 PM IST

    OUT! Bhuvi strikes. Colin de Grandhomme tries to be a little too cute. Scrambled seam from Bhuvi and Dhoni takes an easy catch. New Zealand five down.

  • 6:20 PM IST

    WOAH! That was close. Mighty close. Just outside the off stump on the impact off Bhuvi’s bowling. Taylor takes a review and gets a life.

  • 6:18 PM IST

    FOUR! 18 runs from Chahal’s last over. Big over for New Zealand.

  • 6:15 PM IST

    FOUR! Is Taylor shifting gears? Yes, he is. If Jadeja can’t reach to the ball, not many will. Powerful four, beating long-on to his right.

  • 6:13 PM IST

    SIX AND FIFTY! The trademark Taylor slog sweep. Powerful and into the stands. 50th ODI fifty.

  • 6:12 PM IST

    FOUR! Short from Pandya and with the third man so fine, de Grandhomme just has to hit that well enough to hit past the rope. New Zealand move closer to 180.

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of 1st semi-final of ICC Cricked World Cup 2019 between India and New Zealand at Old Trafford, Manchester on Tuesday.


MANCHESTER: It just had to happen, didn’t it? A cracker of a contest which could not take place in the round-robin stage of the World Cup due to rain, is finally happening. The moment Nathan Lyon holed out to Andile Phehlukwayo in the deep in the final league match of the World Cup 2019, India’s date with New Zealand was guaranteed. Only this time, there’s a lot more riding – with a World Cup final at Lord’s beckoning. The game has been billed as the World No. 1 ranked India taking on the ever-consistent New Zealand.

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From remaining unbeaten in the first six matches, New Zealand’s World Cup campaign has kind of skidded off the road following a hat-trick of losses against Pakistan, Australia and England. Some feel New Zealand don’t even deserve to be in the final – they only made it when Bangladesh scored an eighth run against Pakistan. But what matters is that New Zealand are here, with a hope of having pressed the reset button which Kane Williamson emphasised on after the loss to England.

Standing in front of them is India – a side that has bossed the league stage. Do India have the upper hand? Most certainly. But can New Zealand prove Ian Chappell and many other like him wrong? Most definitely.

Overall, New Zealand lead India 4-3 in World Cup matches. They had also beaten India in the final of the 2000 Champions Trophy and the league game of the 2016 World T20. In the last three World Cups, India have lost just three matches. It is quite something. But New Zealand are in the final four for a reason too. Trent Boult has troubled India’s top order with his left-arm pace. Lockie Ferguson is expected to be back and Mitchell Santner, as per Virat Kohli, adds a variety to their attack.

Having said that, Williamson and Ross Taylor firing in bits and pieces, the rest of the New Zealand bats have gone cold. Except Afghanistan, New Zealand is the only team in the tournament who don’t have a 300 in the tournament and between their No. 4 and No. 7, the highest score is 95. They have an opening conundrum to address. Martin Guptill has hot just one fifty whereas Colin Munro and Henry Nicholls have combined to score 133 runs from eight innings. Against a bowling attack like India, New Zealand’s batsmen face a daunting task.

It wasn’t too long ago that the two sides had met in a five-match series, in which India beat New Zealand comprehensively on their soil after a 10-year long gap. And this was when Kohli had left the series after three games, by the time India had already ensured that the series was theirs. No better opportunity for New Zealand to land a timely blow, get revenge and seal a passage to a second straight World Cup final.