Rain-hit India-New Zealand semis to continue on Wednesday

Two-time champions India face 2015 runners-up New Zealand on Tuesday in the first World Cup semi-final in Manchester. ─ AFP  File

Two-time champions India face 2015 runners-up New Zealand on Tuesday in the first World Cup semi-final in Manchester. ─ AFP File

Fans who can not attend the reserve day are able to donate their tickets as they leave Old Trafford on Tuesday to give free of charge to local cricket communities.

However, two hours later the forecast is for 60 per cent chance of rain and later on it reduces to less than 5 per cent.

Tuesday's game will be a repeat of the semifinals of the 2008 ICC Under-19 World Cup in which a Kohli-led India defeated a Kane Williamson-captained New Zealand in Kuala Lumpur.

With Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli scoring 1449 runs between them (65.06% of India's runs off the bat) it means the middle order are starved of action.

Both teams have so far played together 106 matches - India won 55 and New Zealand 45 - whereas one match was tied and five had no result. But that counts for nothing as it's a fresh day and the pressure is at its peak.

The opener entered into the semi-finals on the back of three back-to-back hundreds.

So, with the lengthy group stage of the 2019 Cricket World Cup over it's finally time to move to the semi-finals.

In 2015, they again played the semifinal but failed to reach the final. India vs New Zealand will take place at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester. "India will be required to bat for at least 20 overs to complete the match", the governing International Cricket Council said in a statement.

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Taylor eventually kicked into gear, launching Chahal over deep mid-wicket for the first maximum of the innings to get to his 50 as New Zealand took 18 from the leg-spinner's final over.

There are plenty of contenders to go big on an Old Trafford surface which has produced some big scores, including England's highest team total against Afghanistan. "I haven't enjoyed the games where a side makes 350 batting first and the chasing team is out of contention". You can also follow LatestLY for IND vs NZ live score updates and ball-by-ball commentary.

New Zealand's batting has not fired throughout the tournament, Williamson aside, and they nearly lost Martin Guptill to the first ball of the innings when he was struck in front by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

"I've been very happy with holding one end and letting guys express themselves, striking at 150, 160 or 200 if the team needs".

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