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Semi-final clash heads for reserve day resumption following relentless rain
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Semi-final clash heads for reserve day resumption following relentless rain

The first semi-final of the 2019 World Cup involving India and New Zealand was suspended for the day's proceedings following persistent rain at Old Trafford, forcing the match to enter into the reserve day for its conclusion.

New Zealand were in a spot of bother at 211-5 off 46.1 overs when a heavy drizzle could not permit more play and umpires had to call for the covers at 2:00 pm.

Fans awaited any sign of a resumption of play but umpires felt the soggy conditions could not even allow a 20 overs contest which would have meant India chasing a revised target of 148.

The game will now commence at the same starting time at 10:30 am, with New Zealand's Ross Taylor and Tom Latham taking strike and batting out the remaining 23 deliveries to finish off their innings.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson conjured another half-century to stabilize his team after winning the toss amidst tight lines and lengths maintained by the Indian bowling attack.

Jasprit Bumrah led India's bowling charge with an economical spell of 1-25 in eight overs as India continued to unsettle the New Zealand batting.

In the event of another rained off day, India would qualify for the World Cup final at Lord's on Sunday since they finished first on the points table.

The absence of reserve days for league phase matches were criticized by several individuals as the tournament has already witnessed four abandoned games.

The second semi-final scheduled to take place at Edgbaston on Thursday features the Ashes rivals England and Australia going head-to-head. If that encounter too is interrupted by rain, it will extend into the reserve day on Friday.