India-New Zealand: Mahendra Singh Dhoni has often been considered as the best wicket-keeper of his generation. Be it for his flashy stumpings or stunning catches, he has always been above his counterparts. But yesterday saw a rare instance when Dhoni missed the ball or, maybe, failed to judge the bounce of the ball and became the reason for his captain’s anguish briefly during India’s ICC World Cup 2019 semifinal match against New Zealand.
Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor got a thick edge off Jasprit Bumrah which went to the thrid-man. Yuzvendra Chahal, stationed in the position, picked the ball safely and threw it to Dhoni. The ball probably took a bad bounce and the Indian wicket-keeper missed it completely which allowed Taylor to take another run. This did not get down well with Kohli, who seemed to be murmuring something before putting his hands in his head in disappointment.
Rain interrupted play in the first semifinal between India and New Zealand at the Old Trafford on Tuesday with the Kiwi scoreboard reading 211/5 after 46.1 overs. Ross Taylor was unbeaten on 67 off 85 balls when the umpires decided the players needed to head back to the pavilion.
If New Zealand’s innings concludes here, the 46-over target for India will to be 237. If India’s innings is reduced to 20 overs, the target will be 148.
The game will begin at 1030 local (0930 GMT) provided that the ground conditions are suitable. We will resume from where we left off. The forecast for tomorrow does not look too bright either but let’s hope we finish the game and have a clear finalist.