The first 2019 World Cup semifinal will run into a second day after persistent rain prematurely ended play on Tuesday with New Zealand laboring to 211/5 against India at Old Trafford, with 3.5 overs still to bat in the innings.
Ross Taylor was unbeaten on 67 - the same score made by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson - and was starting to get on top of India's bowlers for the first time before forecasted showers arrived over the Manchester ground at 2 p.m. local time.
The rain lasted throughout the afternoon. The covers briefly came off the outfield at 5.30 p.m. and officials had an inspection, only for play to be abandoned for the day 50 minutes later.
The teams will return on Wednesday - the designated reserve day for the first semifinal - and the Black Caps will resume an innings that started very slowly and barely picked up pace after they won the toss.
Twitter Reactions, India vs New Zealand, 2019 World Cup:
Fans are upset with rain affecting the semifinal match between India and New Zealand
The match will resume tomorrow.
With the rain unrelenting, play has been called off for the day. New Zealand will resume their innings tomorrow at 10.30am on 211/5 with 3.5 overs to bat.— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 9, 2019
Here's hoping for better weather tomorrow 🤞#INDvNZ | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/p9KdXPdd0g
Rain has struck.
Dhoni misfields, which results in two overthrows.
Comedy fielding from everyone. Good team effort— Gappistan Radio (@GappistanRadio) July 9, 2019
Below the belt, that one.
Sanjay Manjrekar hurt in bits and pieces..
43rd over and it still holds true..
Injury? What injury? Hardik Pandya removes Jimmy Neesham!
You deserve it, Yuzi!
BIG WICKET! Yuzvendra Chahal has removed Kane Williamson. Caught by Jadeja, of course.
That is the crucial wicket. Williamson was the only one showing any semblance of control in this innings #INDvNZ— Aftab Khanna (@aftabkhanna) July 9, 2019
Kane Williamson, wicket to Yuzi Chahal and assist to Ross Taylor.#INDvNZ— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) July 9, 2019
MS Dhoni has dropped a catch, ladies and gentlemen.
Dhoni's gloves did a balidaan#IndVNz— Thala hum sharminda hai 😭 (@Ajays23) July 9, 2019
Drop catch by dhoni 😡😡😡😡— END GAME (@krishnatweetzz) July 9, 2019
Imagine if this has been done by pant in semis
Sometimes what Kohli does, gets irritating. There was no need of a laugh after Dhoni dropped that one. That was neither impossible nor so difficult to grab. Virat is becoming an irritating fanboy.#NZvIND— Jaanvi 🏏 (@ThatCric8Girl) July 9, 2019
Kane Williamson hits his fifty. In other news, water is wet.
New Zealand have won all three previous games in this World Cup when Kane Williamson has passed 50...— Chris Stocks (@StocksC_cricket) July 9, 2019
Kane Williamson. A little master in his own way. So many times in this WC he’s had to come on in a ‘save the day’ position and he just digs deep and gets the job done. Another day, another 50, but will it be enough? For his sake, you almost wish it will be. #CWC19 #INDvNZ— Alexis Nunes (@alexisenunes) July 9, 2019
50 already in this knock, and 531 in the World Cup so far. Williamson is masterclass— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) July 9, 2019
The Virat Kohli dance:
And he's bowling as well!
The different moods of Virat Kohli.
Twitter doing its things..
Bloody hell Bits & Piece can Spin it .... #CWC19— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 9, 2019
SIR. JADEJA. TAKE. A. BOW.
2008 U19 WC Semi Final:— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) July 9, 2019
Ravindra Jadeja took the second wicket and It was bowled.
2019 WC Semi Final:
Ravindra Jadeja took the second wicket and It was bowled.
Hardik Pandya leaves the field with strain.
NO NO NO NO NO NO please NO Pandya... please..— SMM (@Shhy10) July 9, 2019
India have taken a slight risk playing just 5 bowlers out of which 2 are not ideally suited for this pitch. #CWCUP2019— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 9, 2019
*Sees Jadeja into attack*
Everything is going fine for India— Sagar (@sagarcasm) July 9, 2019
Sanjay Manjrekar: pic.twitter.com/VfSJtORu9C
Kohli bringing on Jaddu when Sanju is on air is taking tactics to a new level— Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee) July 9, 2019
The way it all started, I'm sure y'all can relate.
Stop it already..
Bits & pieces time ... !! #CWC19— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 9, 2019
World No. 1 for a reason.
A World Cup game is really incomplete without insightful remarks from Iceland Cricket.
Three early surprises from India.— Iceland Cricket (@icelandcricket) July 9, 2019
1. Shami is left out of the team
2. Ravi Shastri can’t draw an asterisk *
3. The BCCI printer is running out of coloured toner#NZvIND #INDvNZ #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/juN8O6Acf6
6 overs gone, and NZ have scored only 8. And they've lost a wicket. WHAT A START!
Bumrah isn't playing cricket, he is just writing stories for my grandkids by being in it.— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) July 9, 2019
Biggest difference between Bumrah and the next best bolwer, say Starc is the consistency. Bumrah simply never has a bad day, heck even a bad spell! #CWC19— cricBC (@cricBC) July 9, 2019
#2011MeBhi.. No? Okay.
21 balls. 1 run. 1 wicket. This is like Zaheer Khan of 2011 final bowling from both ends. #CWC19— cricBC (@cricBC) July 9, 2019
FIRST DISMISSAL OF THE SEMIFINAL! BOOM-BOOM STRIKES. (Is it really a surprise?)
Guptill's rotten World Cup continues -- or indeed may have ended. Bumrah's been fiery and accurate. Guptill drawn to short delivery like moth to flame and perishes. Kiwis will hope for a masterclass from Williamson. His is the wicket India want cheaply!— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) July 9, 2019
So who's doing the stats, then? India has lost the review on the first ball!
Review lost and it's only 0.1 great!!! #INDvNZ— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) July 9, 2019
14.48 IST: New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. No place for Mohammed Shami in India's playing 11.
14.08 IST: It is Captain Aggressive vs Captain Cool in Manchester.
13.41 IST: Weather looks fine in Manchester. It will be interesting to see what will the captains decide after winning toss.
13.35 IST: WATCH! In 2008 U19 World Cup semis Virat Kohli removed Kane Williamson in the knock-out game.
Rare Rare Video.— Cricket Blog (@blogcricket_pk) July 9, 2019
During the Semi Final of U-19 World Cup 2008. Guess who gets the Wicket of Williamson in the the match. Its none other then Virat Kohli!!!
Took a lot of effort to find this video. Please do RT to appreciate#INDvNZ #KaneWilliamson #ViratKohli #CWC19 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/IwtLVViu4C
13.17 IST: Indian fans demand another stellar show from Hitman Rohit Sharma