New Zealand produced a magnificent bowling performance to defeat India by 18 runs in a rain-affected World Cup semi-final on Wednesday. The Black Caps will face the winners of Thursday’s semi-final between England and Australia in Sunday’s final at Lord's. After opting to bat first, New Zealand finished on 239/8 with skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor scoring half-centuries. Their bowling attack then turned the game around, taking three wickets in the first 19 balls with Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul all dismissed for one. However, India got themselves back in the game courtesy a superb 116-run seventh-wicket partnership between MS Dhoni (50) and Ravindra Jadeja (77). Once these two departed, India’s hopes were dashed and they were eventually bowled out for 221 with three balls remaining. Get highlights of India vs New Zealand here (SCORECARD | FULL COVERAGE)
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Kane Williamson: "Yeah, it's a different playing - the way he had to skin it through the round-robin. Great semi-final over two days and very pleased to be on the right side of it. It was really tough and we had to assess the conditions. Both teams thought it would be high-scoring, we thought we could get 240 and put India under pressure. Lot of contributions from everyone. A lot of it was on the conditions and the rain around. We just wanted to put the ball in the good areas and put pressure on India. We just wanted some early wickets and it was great start for the bowlers. We needed to stay in the game for long periods. The way Jadeja and Dhoni were hitting the ball, they were likely to win, but our fielders were then outstanding."
Virat Kohli: "The first half we were spot on. We got what we needed in the field. We knew we had a good day yesterday, we felt like we had the moment, but the credit has to go to NZ bowlers. The swing and help they got from the surface - the skill from them was on display. Jaddu had an outstanding couple of games. He went with so much clarity, MS had a good partnership with him. It was a game of margins and MS was run-out. 45 minutes of bad cricket puts you out of the tournament. Difficult to take it - but New Zealand deserve it. Our shot selection could have been better, but we played a good standard of cricket throughout. New Zealand were braver in crunch situations and they deserve it."
Matt Henry, Player of the Match: "Look, we talked about just making we do the best we can and play the way we can. He started out with the ball and just tried to create pressure. We just had to ask a lot of questions against the best batting line-up. I thought we managed to scrap it out. We had the belief - we knew we had to bowl well. Obviously, they are world-class batsmen - Hardik, Dhoni and Jadeja - we knew to win the game we had to get them out. It's very special and thanks to the New Zealand supporters out there."
19:26 hrs IST: OUT! That's it. New Zealand make their second successive World Cup final.
OUT! Dhoni run out (Guptill) 50(72) [4s-1 6s-1]. India are 217/9, need 23 off 6.
19:15 hrs IST: OUT! Big wicket for New Zealand, Jadeja goes for a well-made 77(59). Pressure back on India, who need 31 off 12. Bhuvneshwar comes to the crease.
19:08 hrs IST: Splendid over from Henry, he finishes with 3/37. India are 203/6 after 47 overs, need 37 off 18.
19:03 hrs IST: FOUR! Lucky! Jadeja gets an outside edge past the short third man for a boundary. India are 198/6 after 46 overs, need 42 off 24. Henry to bowl his final over.
18:58 hrs IST: This is great cricket from Jadeja and Dhoni. Singles, doubles and an odd boundary almost every over. India are 188/6 after 45 overs. Jadeja 66*, Dhoni 33*
18:51 hrs IST: Another very good over, this time from Neesham. Seven off it. India are 178/6 after 44 overs, need 62 off 36.
18:46 hrs IST: Magnificent over from Ferguson, only three off it. India are 171/6 after 43 overs, need 69 off 42. Jadeja 54*, Dhoni 29*
18:42 hrs IST: Double and that's a half-century for Jadeja. What a knock it has been from him! The famous Jadeja sword celebration. India are 168/6 after 42 overs. Such drama over two days! Just 48 more balls to go!
18:37 hrs IST: Santner ends with 2/34. It's going to be a tight finish. India are 159/6 after 41 overs, need 81 off 54.
18:32 hrs IST: Another good over for India, nine off it. They are 150/6 after 40 overs, need 90 off 60.
18:29 hrs IST: Expensive over from Santner, 10 off it. India are 141/6 after 39 overs. Jadeja 32*, Dhoni 23*
18:23 hrs IST: FOUR! Length ball from Henry, Jadeja hits it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Looks in good form! India are 131/6 after 38 overs. Jadeja 24*, Dhoni 22*
18:19 hrs IST: Nice and tidy over from Santner, three off it. India are 126/6 after 37 overs. Dhoni 22*, Jadeja 19*
18:14 hrs IST: Nine off the last 12 balls. India are 123/6 after 36 overs. Dhoni 21*, Jadeja 17*
18:06 hrs IST: FOUR! Full-toss from Boult, Dhoni hits it straight past the bowler for a boundary. India are 114/6 after 34 overs. Dhoni 19*, Jadeja 11*
18:00 hrs IST: SIX! Full from Neesham, Jadeja smashes it over wide long-on for a maximum. Nine off the over. India are 106/6 after 33 overs. Dhoni 14*, Jadeja 9*
17:52 hrs IST: OUT! Pandya goes for the slog-sweep but gets a thick top-edge and Williamson takes a superb catch at mid-wicket. India in all sorts of trouble now. They are 94/6 after 31 overs. Jadeja comes to the crease.
17:45 hrs IST: Seven off Neesham's fourth. India are 92/5 after 30 overs. Pandya 32*, Dhoni 10*
17:38 hrs IST: Only 12 runs off the last 30 deliveries. India are 83/5 after 28 overs. Pandya 30*, Dhoni 3*
17:31 hrs IST: Another extremely good over from Ferguson, only three off it. India are 80/5 after 26 overs. Pandya 29*, Dhoni 1*
17:27 hrs IST: Getting tougher for India. With dark clouds hovering above Manchester, they need some big overs as soon as possible. They are well behind the DLS par score.
17:19 hrs IST: OUT! Tossed up from Santner, Pant slog-sweeps it over mid-wicket but doesn't get the elevation (for a six) and finds De Grandhomme, who completes a fine catch. MS Dhoni comes to the crease. India are 71/5 after 23 overs.
17:15 hrs IST: New Zealand continue to keep things tight. India need some boundaries here. They are 71/4 after 22 overs. Pant 32*, Pandya 22*
17:09 hrs IST: Costly over from Neesham, eight off it. India are 70/4 after 20 overs. Pant 31*, Pandya 22*
17:02 hrs IST: Eleven off the last two overs. India are 62/4 after 19 overs. Pant 27*, Pandya 19*. The lights are on.... Neesham comes into the attack.
16:54 hrs IST: Ferguson on with his third over. Another probing over. Pandya takes a single off the first ball, then three dots to Pant. Two more singles to end the over. India are 51/4 after 17 overs. Pant 24*, Pandya 12*
16:48 hrs IST: Just four off De Grandhomme's first six balls. India are 47/4 after 16 overs. Pant 23*, Pandya 10*
16:42 hrs IST: Great over from Ferguson, only one run off it. India are 43/4 after 15 overs. Pant 20*, Pandya 9*. Drinks are on the field now!
16:38 hrs IST: FOUR! Short and wide from Henry, Pandya punches through sweeper cover for a boundary. Shot! India are 42/4 after 14 overs. Pant 19*, Pandya 9*
16:33 hrs IST: Tidy over from Ferguson, only two off it. India are 37/4 after 13 overs. Pant 19*, Pandya 5*. Henry to continue
16:28 hrs IST: Eleven off the last 12 deliveries. India are 35/4 after 12 overs. Pant 18*, Pandya 4*. Lockie Ferguson comes into the attack.
16:20 hrs IST: OUT! Pitched up from Henry, outside off, Karthik drives in the air but finds Neesham, who completes a super catch at backward point. Third scalp for Henry. Hardik Pandya comes to the crease. India are 24/4 after 10 overs.
16:14 hrs IST: FOUR! Fuller delivery from Boult, Karthik just pushes it in the gap between the third slip and backward point. India are 19/3 after 9 overs. Pant 7*, Karthik 6*
16:06 hrs IST: Exceptional over from Boult. It's a maiden! India are 10/3 after 7 overs.
16:02 hrs IST: FOUR! Full-toss from Henry, Pant drives it well in the gap between point and cover for his first boundary. Rare bad ball for the New Zealander. India are 10/3 after 6 overs. Pant 5*, Karthik 0*
15:58 hrs IST: Stupendous over from Boult, only one run off it. India are 6/3 after 5 overs. Pant 1*, Karthik 0*
15:52 hrs IST: OUT! Good length delivery from Henry, nips away a little, Rahul should have avoided it but gets a nick and Latham does the rest. Horror start for India (5/3). Dinesh Karthik comes to the crease.
15:45 hrs IST: OUT! Massive blow to India. Rohit and Kohli gone in quick succession. Lot of movement for both Boult and Henry. New Zealand on top. Pant comes to the crease. India are 5/2 after 2.5 overs.
15:36 hrs IST: Fine start from Boult, just two off his first six deliveries. India are 2/0 after the first over. Matt Henry comes into the attack.
15:32 hrs IST: Time for India's chase. Rohit and Rahul are at the crease. Boult to open the attack.
15:22 hrs IST: That's it. New Zealand finish on 239/8. Jadeja stole the show. We'll be back in a short while with India's reply.
15:14 hrs IST: OUT! Another one for Bhuvi. Henry departs for just 1(2). Boult comes to the crease. New Zealand are 232/8 after 49 overs.
15:10 hrs IST: OUT! Jadeja's brilliance in the field has Taylor and Latham back in the pavilion. Definitely not a "bits and piece" cricketer. Second wicket for Bhuvi. New Zealand are 225/7 after 48.1 overs.
15:04 hrs IST: Solid over from Bhuvi, eight off it. New Zealand are 217/5 after 47 overs. Bumrah to bowl his penultimate over.
15:00 hrs IST: Time for live action. Taylor to take strike. Bhuvi to bowl the remaining five balls of the 47th over.
14:32 hrs IST: Less than half an hour until the resumption. This is going to be exciting!
14:20 hrs IST: New Zealand have 23 deliveries left and would ideally want at least another 40-50 runs. Of course, it won't be easy given that Bumrah and Bhuvi will complete the proceedings.
14:05 hrs IST: As of now, the weather looks fine. But there's a threat of more rain as the day progresses.
England seem primed to win their maiden title but it will take a special effort to upstage arch-rivals and record five-time champions Australia in the second World Cup semi-final at Edgbaston, on July 11 (Thursday). England have turned it around following their first-round exit in the 2015 edition and have become a formidable one-day side.
13:21 hrs IST: In case it rains today and no play is possible, India will qualify for the final on the basis of finishing at the top of the table while New Zealand had ended up in the fourth spot. Likewise, if the second semi-final between England and Australia also gets washed out even after the Reserve Day option, Australia will make it to the final having finished second (England ended third).
13:04 hrs IST: In case we have a 25-over game, the target would be 172. In a 30-over chase, India would have to chase 192.
12:48 hrs IST: The game will restart from where it stopped with the Kiwis aiming for a score in excess of 250. India, on the other hand, will be looking to get rid of Taylor early.
12:41 hrs IST: In case the rain returns, we'll keep waiting before DLS kicks in to have at least a 20-over game.
12:32 hrs IST: Hello folks. Welcome to our live coverage of the first semi-final between India and New Zealand. Only 46.1 overs were possible on Tuesday. Hopefully, we'll have a result today.
DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS
After a brilliant start by Bumrah (1/25 in 8 overs) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/30 in 8.1 overs), Ravindra Jadeja (1/38) and Hardik Pandya (1/55) did well in the middle overs to keep the opposition under check. Kiwi opener Martin Guptill (1) was removed by Bumrah with Virat Kohli taking an excellent catch at second slip.
Kane Williamson (67) looked compact in his defence along with the edgy Henry Nicholls (28 off 51 balls) during their 68-run second wicket stand.
Such was the impact of the first spell bowled by Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar that New Zealand’s innings never gained momentum. While Jadeja got the better of Nicholls, Pandya, who struggled with an injury, had James Neesham’s scalp. Taylor upped the ante after the 40th over before rain stopped play.
DAY 1 LIVE UPDATES
23:24 hrs IST: That's it. Join us tomorrow for live action. Goodbye!
PLAY ABANDONED FOR THE DAY. NEW ZEALAND WILL RESUME TOMORROW FROM 211/5.
22:41 hrs IST: The three umpires are out there. Inspection on. We'll have an update soon.
22:31 hrs IST: It's drizzling again!
The cut-off time for a 20-over chase is 23:05 IST. Final inspection at 22:40 IST.
22:00 hrs IST: The rain has STOPPED! The umpires are out for an inspection.
21:56 hrs IST: The forecast isn't promising for tomorrow either. If we don't have any play (tomorrow), India will enter the final because they finished the league stage at a better position than New Zealand.
21:33 hrs IST: BAD NEWS - The rain has picked up. Assuming a 20-over chase, India's innings must start around 23:00 IST. For that, the groundstaff needs at least an hour to get the ground ready.
Peter Handscomb believes Justin Langer's decision to have Australia's players walk around the Edgbaston outfield barefoot has helped bond the squad.
Langer labelled himself as "a bit of a hippy" when he took over as Australia coach and he provided an example of his alternative methods when he directed his team to walk on the ground where they will face England in Thursday's Cricket World Cup semi-final without shoes and socks.
21:02 hrs IST: We have officially started losing overs considering there's a resumption today. We will lose one over for every four minutes.
21:00 hrs IST: The sun's out but still raining. Covers on.
20:32 hrs IST: GOOD NEWS - It's a lot more brighter. Slight drizzle. But we'll start losing overs from 21:00 IST.
20:15 hrs IST: The intensity of the rain has reduced. That's the only news we have you for now.
Australia downed England in the group stages of this World Cup, but Joe Root is confident that both recent and distant history have the tournament hosts ready for revenge in the rematch. England lost to their fiercest rivals at Lord’s last month and looked in serious danger of missing out on the semi-finals at their home tournament.
But back-to-back wins over India and New Zealand turned the tables and have put the No.1 ODI side in world on a collision course with Australia at Edgbaston in the second semi-final on Thursday.
19:38 hrs IST: Still raining. Doesn't look good (for now). Hopefully, the situation will improve.
19:13 hrs IST: JUST IN CASE....
In case New Zealand doesn't bat again, India's target in— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 9, 2019
46 overs will be 237
40 overs will be 223
35 overs will be 209
30 overs will be 192
25 overs will be 172
20 overs will be 148#IndvNZ #NZvInd#CWC19 #CWC2019
19:04 hrs IST: Rain has gotten heavier. Could be a long night. We'll keep you posted!
Remember, if semi-final is washed out, team ranked higher in league stage goes through.
18:48 hrs IST: If New Zealand didn't bat again in their innings, India's target would be 237 (DLS) in 46 overs.
Covers are coming on. The rain has become heavier. We can wait for as many as two hours before starting to lose overs.
18:30 hrs IST: Only seven runs off Bumrah's eighth. New Zealand are 209/5 after 46 overs. Taylor 65*, Latham 3*
18:24 hrs IST: OUT! Slower bounce from Bhuvi does the trick. De Grandhomme departs cheaply (16). Tom Latham comes to the crease. What an over! A wicket and just five runs. New Zealand are 202/5 after 45 overs.
18:17 hrs IST: Big over for New Zealand, 18 off it. Chahal hasn't been that effective today. New Zealand are 197/4 after 44 overs. Taylor 56*, De Grandhomme 16*
18:12 hrs IST: Nine off Pandya's final over. He finishes with 1/55. New Zealand are 179/4 after 43 overs. Taylor 44*, De Grandhomme 12*
18:07 hrs IST: Eight off Chahal's penultimate over. New Zealand are 170/4 after 42 overs. Taylor 42*, De Grandhomme 5*
18:03 hrs IST: OUT! Neesham gets a leading edge and Karthik, at wide long-on, completes the catch without any trouble. Finally, some success for Pandya. He has been good today. Colin de Grandhomme comes to the crease. New Zealand are 162/4 after 41 overs.
17:57 hrs IST: Boundaries have been hard to come by. New Zealand are 155/3 after 40 overs. Taylor 38*, Neesham 7*
17:52 hrs IST: A wicket and 26 runs off the last 30 deliveries. New Zealand are 151/3 after 39 overs. Taylor 36*, Neesham 5*. Bumrah comes back into the attack.
17:47 hrs IST: Pandya doing a smart job. Banging the ball in short. Slower bouncers never easy to hit. New Zealand are 145/3 after 38 overs. Taylor 31*, Neesham 4*
17:42 hrs IST: Very good over from Bhuvi, four off it. New Zealand are 140/3 after 37 overs. Taylor 29*, Neesham 2*. Pandya comes back into the attack once again.
17:38 hrs IST: OUT! Tossed up from Chahal, Williamson looks to hit it to off-side, but it sticks in the surface and the Kiwi skipper gets an outside edge. Simple catch for Jadeja at backward point. Big wicket! James Neesham comes to the crease. New Zealand are 136/3 after 36 overs. Bhuvi comes back into the attack.
17:33 hrs IST: FOUR! Williamson picks the gap and slog-sweeps it through mid-wicket. Much-needed boundary for New Zealand, who are 133/2 after 35 overs. Williamson 67*, Taylor 24*. Jadeja ends with 1/34.
17:28 hrs IST: Super over from Bumrah, just three off it. New Zealand are 125/2 after 34 overs. Williamson 60*, Taylor 23*. Jadeja to bowl his final over.
17:21 hrs IST: Wonderful over from Jadeja, one off it. No margin of error. New Zealand are 122/2 after 33 overs. Williamson 58*, Taylor 22*. Time for drinks!
17:17 hrs IST: Outstanding over from Bumrah who is back for his second spell. Only one off it. Taylor is really struggling here. New Zealand are 121/2 after 32 overs. Williamson 57*, Taylor 22*. Jadeja comes back into the attack.
17:10 hrs IST: Single and that's a half-century for Williamson - 39th in ODIs. Great innings this under pressure. Important thing is whether he can convert this to a big one. New Zealand are 113/2 after 30 overs.
17:06 hrs IST: Six runs off Pandya's sixth. New Zealand are 105/2 after 29 overs. Williamson 48*, Taylor 16*
17:01 hrs IST: FOUR! Fuller delivery from Chahal, Williamson down on one knee and slog-sweeps it in the gap between mid-on and deep mid-wicket. Expensive over from the leggie, 10 off it. New Zealand are 99/2 after 28 overs. Williamson 44*, Taylor 15*
16:57 hrs IST: Just six off the last 12 deliveries. Pandya back in the attack too. India haven't given away a boundary in the last overs. New Zealand are 89/2 after 27 overs. Williamson 39*, Taylor 10*
16:50 hrs IST: Stupendous over from Jadeja, only one off it. New Zealand are 83/2 after 25 overs. Williamson 36*, Taylor 7*
16:48 hrs IST: Jadeja and Chahal keeping things tight. Get a feeling something is going to happen here. Either of Williamson or Taylor needs to go for big shots. New Zealand are 82/2 after 24 overs.
16:42 hrs IST: A wicket and 16 runs off the last 30 balls. Pandya back on the field. New Zealand are 77/2 after 22 overs. Williamson 34*, Taylor 3*
16:35 hrs IST: Nice over from Chahal, just three off it. New Zealand are 73/2 after 20 overs. Williamson 32*, Taylor 2*
16:32 hrs IST: OUT! Good length delivery from Jadeja, spins back in and bounces, Nicholls can't do much about it. Jadeja breaches his defence. Brilliant! Ross Taylor comes to the crease. New Zealand are 70/2 after 19 overs.
16:27 hrs IST: Costly over from Chahal, eight off it. New Zealand are 69/1 after 18 overs. Williamson 31*, Nicholls 28*
16:23 hrs IST: Williamson and Nicholls are pacing up. Mayank Agarwal on the field for Panyda. New Zealand are 61/1 after 17 overs. Williamson 30*, Nicholls 26*. Yuzvendra Chahal comes into the attack.
16:19 hrs IST: Extremely good over from Pandya despite those two wides. He's gone off the field now. Groin issue it looks. New Zealand are 57/1 after 16 overs. Williamson 27*, Nicholls 25*
16:12 hrs IST: Nice and tidy over from Jadeja, only three off it. New Zealand are 55/1 after 15 overs. Williamson 27*, Nicholls 25*
16:07 hrs IST: FOUR! Back of a length delivery from Pandya, Williamson carves it towards square third man. Impressive! New Zealand are 52/1 after 14 overs. Williamson 26*, Nicholls 23*. Drinks are on the field now!
16:01 hrs IST: Two off the last ball for Nicholls. Moves into 20s. Six off Jadeja's second. New Zealand are 44/1 after 13 overs. Williamson 21*
15:58 hrs IST: FOUR! Fraction short from Pandya, enough for Williamson to pull it in the gap between deep mid-wicket and long-on. He completes 500 runs in this World Cup. New Zealand are 38/1 after 12 overs. Williamson 20*, Nicholls 15*
15:53 hrs IST: FOUR! Flatter delivery from Jadeja, Nicholls gets down on one knee and sweeps it to fine leg. Shot! New Zealand are 34/1 after 11 overs. Williamson 16*, Nicholls 15*
15:49 hrs IST: Fine start from Pandya, four off his first six balls (one leg bye). New Zealand are 27/1 after the first Powerplay. Williamson 14*, Nicholls 10*. Another change. Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack.
15:43 hrs IST: FOUR! Too straight from Bhuvi, Williamson times it straight past the non-striker. Beautiful shot! New Zealand are 23/1 after 9 overs. Williamson 12*, Nicholls 10*. First change in bowling. Hardik Pandya comes into the attack.
15:38 hrs IST: FOUR! Fuller delivery from Bumrah, Nicholls leans forward and hits it past the fielder at mid-off for the first boundary of the day. Eight off the over. New Zealand are 18/1 after 8 overs. Nicholls 10*, Williamson 7*
15:34 hrs IST: Another tidy over from Bhuvi, just two off it. New Zealand are 10/1 after 7 overs. Williamson 6*, Nicholls 3*. Bumrah again
15:29 hrs IST: Magnificent over from Bumrah, only one run off it. New Zealand are 8/1 after 6 overs. Williamson 4*, Nicholls 3*. No boundaries so far. Shows how good India have been!
15:25 hrs IST: Double off the last delivery from Nicholls. Five from the over. New Zealand are 7/1 after 5 overs. Williamson 3*, Nicholls 3*
15:19 hrs IST: OUT! Edged and gone! Massive breakthrough for India. Guptill's poor run continues. Gets an outside edge and Kohli takes an excellent catch at second slip. First scalp for Bumrah. Williamson comes to the crease. New Zealand are 2/1 after 4 overs. Bhuvi to continue.
15:14 hrs IST: Guptill gets off the mark with a single towards square leg. New Zealand are 1/0 after 3 overs.
15:10 hrs IST: Terrific start from Bumrah. Another maiden! Both openers don't look that confident. They haven't got the big runs so far. New Zealand are 0/0 after 2 overs.
15:05 hrs IST: Great start from Bhuvi. Right on the money. It's a maiden! New Zealand are 0/0 after the first over. Jasprit Bumrah comes into the attack.
15:02 hrs IST: REVIEW LOST - Guptill struck on the pads first ball. Given not out. India opt for the DRS. UltraEdge shows no bat but missing leg-stump. Bhuvneshwar was confident that it was out!
15:00 hrs IST: Time for live action. Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls to open. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to begin the proceedings.
14:51 hrs IST: Hope it stays away!
Weather at Old Trafford, Manchester— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 9, 2019
Cloudy and light rain expected periodically
Chances of rain
11:00 am - 50%
3:00 pm - 90%
4:00 pm - 80%
5:00 pm - 70%
6:00 pm - 10%#IndvNZ #NZvInd#CWC19 #CWC2019https://t.co/cq9rAQcITJ
14:38 hrs IST: Playing XIs
India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni(w), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand: 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
14:33 hrs IST: New Zealand have won the toss and have opted to bat
PITCH REPORT - "The wicket looks dry. It's a fresh wicket, and it's definitely a bat-first wicket. It's a semi-final, there will be a lot of scoreboard pressure." - VVS Laxman
14:11 hrs IST: The all-important toss in 20 minutes
14:06 hrs IST: The Old Trafford stadium has been made a "No Fly Zone" for this clash, an action prompted by a private plane displaying anti-India banners during the team's league encounter against Sri Lanka in Headingley. The decision has been taken after consultation with the local authorities, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has informed the BCCI. -- PTI
13:55 hrs IST: PLAYING CONDITIONS FOR PLAYOFFS - Extra 120 minutes permitted beyond the regulation close time (1800 hours local). Beyond that, if the match referee thinks a result is possible on the day, he decides accordingly.
1975 - Manchester match-up (First World Cup meeting between India-New Zealand)
Coincidentally, it was also at Old Trafford that India and New Zealand first locked horns in a World Cup. In a Group A meeting that India had to win to make the knockout rounds, they could only manage a total of 230 from their 60 overs, Syed Abid Ali clubbing a late-order 70 to get them there.
And when Glenn Turner anchored the Black Caps’ chase with an unbeaten 114, victory and a semi-final spot was theirs with four wickets and seven balls remaining.
13:40 hrs IST: WEATHER UPDATE - Cloudy, overcast but NOT raining!
13:30 hrs IST: New Zealand looked on course to cruise into the last four after winning five straight games, but they lost their way towards the end of the group stage and were fortunate Pakistan did not click into gear until late on. But what matters now is how they perform on the given day.
13:19 hrs IST: Since the ICC U-19 World Cup 2008, Kohli and Williamson have scored 33,840 international runs and have 99 centuries between them, and now they go head to head for a place in Sunday's final against Australia or hosts England.
13:10 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma (647) is 26 short of Sachin Tendulkar's record tally of runs at a single World Cup - 673 in the 2003 edition.
13:03 hrs IST: Kane v Kohli. Fight of the "Bs". Here's a look at the player battles
12:56 hrs IST: New Zealand have won just one of their seven World Cup semifinals (against South Africa in 2015)
12:50 hrs IST: WHAT THEY SAID -
India captain Kohli on his reunion with Williamson: "I'll remind Kane [about 2008], I'm sure he remembers. It is quite a nice thing to realise that 11 years later we are captaining our respective nations again in a senior World Cup from Under-19s."
Black Caps skipper Williamson: "I think for everybody it sort of starts fresh tomorrow after what was a very tough round-robin stage, and we were certainly expecting that it would be tough. It's just a great occasion to be a part of. I know the guys are really excited by the opportunity to go out and try to play with that freedom that when we do gives us the best chance."
12:44 hrs IST: New Zealand have reached the semi-final stage of the World Cup for the fourth time in succession, though they are yet to win the competition.
12:42 hrs IST: BIG NUMBER - India have recorded six victories in their last seven ODIs against New Zealand.
12:38 hrs IST: STAT ATTACK - There have been seven completed matches between India and New Zealand in World Cup history - the Black Caps have edged it so far with four wins.
12:34 hrs IST: Good Afternoon and welcome to Outlook's live coverage of the first semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019 between India and New Zealand. Promises to be a cracker of a contest!
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