Weather Prediction for India vs New Zealand, First Semi-final

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The semi-final match was first held on July 9 but had to be postponed to the next day due to rain.

On Tuesday, it was a clear case of frustration as incessant drizzle saw the match officials having to call off the game after the players had initially walked off during the 47th over of the New Zealand innings with the Indian bowlers in control on a slow wicket. The victor of the semi-final will play the final.

New Zealand lean on Williamson, Taylor New Zealand captain Kane Williamson led by example in their win over India. His one from 14 balls came on the back of four other single figure scores at the World Cup including two golden ducks.

For a while, there was a crescendo of gloom among the Indian fans over the ground and the cause seemed hopeless when they subsided to 92 for 6 as the overs ticked away.

The Kiwis had only 3.5 overs to swell a position of 211 for five, an attritional innings curtailed by persistent rain on Tuesday afternoon, forcing play to be deferred to Wednesday morning and pick up where they left off.

New Zealand made it to their second successive final, with credit going to their pacers' - Matt Henry (3/37) and Trent Boult's (2/42) - deadly opening spell and Lockie Ferguson's steely nerve in the penultimate over.

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Twice champions India were reeling at 24-4 in their chase for a modest victory target of 240 in what had appeared to be a lop-sided semi-final.

Two wickets fell in two balls, with Ravindra Jadeja central to both of them.

Jadeja injected fresh excitement into the match with his fearless counter-attack that left his team needing 90 runs off the last 10 overs with four wickets in hand.

Tournament organisers must now hope that most of the spectators who turned up for the first day will return. "I don't think India need to make any drastic changes, they just need to look at that middle-order", he said.

On the reserve day on Wednesday, New Zealand added 28 more runs to their overnight score to finish at 239 for eight, a total which India found hard to chase following a top-order collapse under overcast conditions. India got off to a brilliant start where their first two overs from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah went for the maiden, fourth over was seen the dismissal of Martin Guptill for mere 1.

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