Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

"Bring The Cup": Minister Kiren Rijiju's Letter To Team India Before Semis

The semi-finals of the tournament will be played between India-New Zealand and Australia-England.

"Banners reading "#Justice for Kashmir" and "India stop genocide & free Kashmir" were flown over Headingley during India's match with Sri Lanka on Saturday. They won 53 and lost 33 with one NR match.

The big semifinal is there and Manchester braces itself for the occasion. Situations like match called off due to rain or a tie between the two playing teams have been addressed in the rules. It has proved to be a high scoring ground. From the start of the 19th over - in which Nicholls departed - to the end of the 27th, New Zealand only scored 20 runs.

Such was the impact of the first spell bowled by Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar that the Black Caps innings never gained the momentum. After remaining unbeaten for a large part, they ended up losing the last 3 games.

Martin Guptill (1) looked like a "walking wicket" and Bumrah relieved him off his misery with a delivery that kicked up from three quarter length, forcing him to push at it. Kohli at second slip made no mistake with a sharp chance. By virtue of a better net run rate, they managed to eclipse Pakistan who had the same number of points.

But if New Zealand, whose attack is set to feature experienced left-arm quick Trent Boult and fit-again fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, can find a way through India's top-three, they could expose a fragile middle order and lengthy tail. But that counts for nothing as it's a fresh day and the pressure is at its peak.

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first against India.

Match officials waited for more than four hours before deciding to take the game to its reserve day.

Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor registered battling half-centuries on a sluggish Old Trafford surface, where early seam movement under heavy cloud cover and turn for the spinners made life hard for the Kiwi batsmen. They all still required beating and it meant there were harder (on paper) games to come. Ferguson (17 wickets) has produced a threat with pace and Trent Boult (15) is unsafe with the new ball and death-over yorkers.

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