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The opening Cricket World Cup semi-final moved closer towards utilising a reserve day as rain continued to keep India and New Zealand off the field at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

The same goes for Australia versus England semi-final at Edgbaston.

In his absence, New Zealand crashed to a 119-run loss that nearly ended their hopes of reaching the last four.But after edging Pakistan out because of a superior net run-rate, New Zealand are fancying their chances with coach Gary Stead looking towards Ferguson to land the killer blow against rampaging India here at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

New Zealand has made one change in its line-up - Lockie Ferguson comes in place of Tim Southee, IANS reported.

The Black Caps have one more training session to get through, but should have a fit and healthy 15 to pick from, with Ferguson giving himself the all clear to play.

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult. "With the playoff coming up and it happening the day before, it was more of a precaution than anything and the scans came back with nothing too serious", Ferguson said.

Williamson's 481 tournament runs represent almost 29 percent of New Zealand's total at this World Cup.

The Black Caps struggled for runs in that series, not once did they pass 300 and the same problems have followed them to the World Cup where they are also waiting to pass that figure.

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Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is a key cog.

Four years later and once again the Black Caps emerged on top, dominating the early years of this burgeoning rivalry. Tomorrow, New Zealand will have to find a way to deal with Rohit Sharma, who smashed a record fifth century at this year's tournament against Sri Lanka on Saturday. Yuzvendra Chahal has been included in place of Kuldeep Yadav.

Captain Kane Williamson chats his predecessor Brendon McCullum after New Zealand's loss to England.

The Black Caps have won just one of their past seven ODIs against India, and they'll need a near-perfect performance to double that tally. India like to assess it and build what they think is an appropriate score from that.

Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar wants the World Cup to come back to the subcontinent and hence is backing India to go all the way and clinch the title on July 14 at Lord's in London.

That could be significant, with the team batting first winning all five matches so far in Manchester this tournament.

"When you get on a bad run as a team, you have to return to the individual".

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