SPECTATORS can expect a high-intensity contest when India takes on New Zealand in the first semi-final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup at Old Trafford in Manchester.
However rain might interfere with the much anticipated match as a wet weather is predicted in Manchester for today.
If however the match is washed out, it will be played on Wednesday, which is the ‘reserve day’. Unlike the group stage fixtures where a point is allotted to both the sides in case of a washout, ICC has a reserve day for both semi-finals and finals.
Unfortunately, the weather forecast for the ‘reserve day’ also shows showers along with overcast conditions. If the match is washed out on the reserve day too then India will automatically qualify for the finals courtesy of accumulating the higher number of points in the group stages.
The Men in Blue will enter the contest on the back of a convincing 7-wicket victory over Sri Lanka. Despite a middle-order flop show, the Indian top order comprising, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli, have been the spine behind India’s batting.
Rohit is currently the leading run scorer of the tournament with five centuries. The bowling unit is led by Jasprit Bumrah, who has so far scalped 17 wickets and has been very clinical with his approach.
New Zealand, on the other hand, secured a place in the knockout stages on the back of a strong start but the Black Caps have lost three matches on the bounce.
Skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor have been the biggest run makers but other batsman has failed to make an impact so far.
Lockie Ferguson has been their strike bowler in the tournament with 17 wickets in 7 matches along with Trent Boult, who has 15 wickets to his name in 8 games that he has played.