ICC World Cup 2019: Rain Likely to Affect India-New Zealand Semi-final in Manchester
With India set to face New Zealand at the ICC World Cup 2019 semi-final at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday (July 8), reports suggested that rain will mar the semi-final game between the two teams. In between, many went on to maintain the rain will continue on its reserve day, also. However, there is some good news for the fans of both teams.
Also, the light rain is expected to halt the marquee clash. But the result is expected in between.
Earlier, the Black Caps become the fourth team based on a strong net run-rate. Also, Pakistan had 11 points, but with their net run-rate into minus.
Both teams are yet to face off each other at the ICC World Cup 2019. Earlier, on June 13, their league stage game ended on without any result due to inclement weather in Nottingham. Thus, they shared a point each following a wet outfield.
Weather Report for the Old Trafford in Manchester:
With weather mostly cloudy for Monday (July 8) in Manchester, the weatherman revealed the weather would be cloudy on Tuesday (July 9), with light rain expected too.
Also, there is 40 per cent of precipitation, which means the rain might affect the much-awaited semi-final clash.
The maximum temperature will hover around 19 degree Celsius with the minimum of 14-degree centigrade.
India on a roll:
Virat Kohli-led Men in Blue had dominated the league table with 15 points in nine games. They lost a single game against England on June 30 by 31 runs when MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav faced criticism for their slow-approach.
Overall, Indian top-order had delivered the punch by scoring regularly whether setting up a target or chasing the total against Sri Lanka in their last league stage encounter.
Also, the bowlers have done exceedingly well with Jasprit Bumrah leading from the front. Plus, the spinners in the form of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal had made things miserable for the opponents.
India might have lost a game against the Black Caps in the warm-up match, but they made a strong comeback with early one contributing from time-to-time.
On the other side, Kiwis would be under pressure following three losses in a row.
The winners of the first semi-final will either take on Australia or England in the finale at Lord’s on July 14.
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