Nepal | July 09, 2020

India dominate NZ before rain forces reserve day in Manchester

Reuters
Share Now:
  • Williamson, Taylor fifties save New Zealand’s blushes
  • Intermittent rain stops play after Indian bowlers impress
  • New Zealand resume on 211-5 on Wednesday at Old Trafford

MANCHESTER: India‘s disciplined bowling attack dominated New Zealand before intermittent rain washed out the rest of Tuesday’s play in the first Cricket World Cup semi-final which will continue on Wednesday.

The 2015 finalists were 211-5 in 46.1 overs when rain forced the players off the field and match officials waited for more than four hours before deciding to take the game to its reserve day.

“Weather permitting, play will recommence tomorrow at 10.30 am (0930GMT) from the point at which it was halted,” the governing International Cricket Council said in a statement.

“New Zealand will be required to complete their 50-over innings, with India still to bat.

“Should adverse weather continue throughout the reserve day the match may be shortened. India will be required to bat for at least 20 overs to complete the match.”

The abandoned June 13 group contest between the teams was one of the record four ‘no-result’ matches in the rain-hit tournament.

Ross Taylor will resume on 67 with Tom Latham on three after New Zealand failed to vindicate skipper Kane Williamson’s decision to bat first at Old Trafford.

MAIDEN OVERS

Williamson won the toss and unsurprisingly elected to bat at a venue where teams batting first had won all five previous matches.

Openers Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls found themselves straitjacketed by India‘s new ball pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, both of whom began with maiden overs.

New Zealand had to wait until the 17th delivery to get off the mark, while their first boundary came in the final delivery of the fourth over.

Bumrah dismissed Guptill for one but Williamson again came to his team’s rescue with a classy 67, his fourth 50-plus score in the tournament which includes two centuries.

More importantly, the right-hander stitched together two half-century partnerships, first with Nicholls and then Taylor, to resuscitate New Zealand even though boundaries dried up.

His side went through nearly 14 overs without a boundary and Williamson fell to an uncharacteristic soft dismissal, slicing Yuzvendra Chahal to Ravindra Jadeja at backward point.

Taylor brought up his fifty with the only six of the New Zealand innings and successfully overturned a leg-before decision when on 56.

India‘s trusted five-bowlers policy nearly backfired with Hardik Pandya hobbling off the field with a hip injury before returning to complete his full quota of 10 overs.

Hosts England play defending champions Australia in the second semi-final on Thursday.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Chelsea close in on Champions League spot with 3-2 win at Palace

LONDON: Chelsea kept up their push for a top-four finish in the Premier League and Champions League football next season with a 3-2 victory at London rivals Crystal Palace on Tuesday thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud, Christian Pulisic and Tammy Abraham. The visitors took a two-goal lead i Read More...

Singh Durbar

New nuke law stipulates plan for disaster management

KATHMANDU, JULY 7 The Radioactive Materials Use and Regulation Act, 2020, recently authenticated by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari, requires the Government of Nepal to develop and implement a disaster preparedness and management plan at the national level to prevent and manage any disastrous impa Read More...

Furdiki Sherpa and Nima Doma Sherpa

Hit hard by pandemic, Sherpa widows face uphill battle

KATHMANDU, JULY 7 After conquering Mount Everest and shattering taboos, two Nepali Sherpa widows face a new challenge, the coronavirus pandemic, which has shut down all climbing and trekking activities rendering them jobless. Nima Doma Sherpa and Furdiki Sherpa made global headlines when t Read More...

Jewellery store burglary racket busted

KATHMANDU, JULY 7 Police have busted a racket of thieves, who were allegedly involved in burgling jewellery stores in Kathmandu valley, under the guise of scrap collectors. Those taken into custody for legal action have been identified as Ganga Bahadur Tamang aka Sumit, 37, and Junga Bahadur M Read More...

Isolation wards empty as COVID-19 cases stay put in quarantine

DHANGADI, JULY 7 Isolation wards that were set up to keep COVID-19 infected patients are mostly empty as most of the infected continue to stay in quarantine shelters in Sudurpaschim Province. As per data with Sudurpaschim Province Social Development Ministry, as of now, the total number of COV Read More...

Irrigation project elates farmers

NEPALGUNJ, JULY 7 Farmers in Banke were elated after Sikta Irrigation Project released water in the project’s western and eastern canals keeping in view the paddy plantation time this year. Man Bahadur Magar of Kamdi, Duduwa Rural Municipality, said he could plant paddy on time this year aft Read More...

Financial institutions, banks urged not to pile pressure for loan payment

POKHARA, JULY 7 Western Regional Hotel Association, Pokhara, has urged banks and financial institutions not to pile pressure for loan payment. Banks and financial institutions are pressing hotels and the tourism sector to pay back the loan and interest, on the ground that the fiscal year was d Read More...

Parliamentary committee probing irregularities

DHANGADI, JULY 7 The federal Parliament’s Agriculture, Cooperatives and Natural Resources Committee has started investigating alleged irregularities carried out in the name of scientific forest management. A team of the panel comprising Shanta Chaudhary, Satya Narayan Sharma Khanal and Raj B Read More...