2019 ICC Cricket World Cup | 1st Semi-Final | India v New Zealand | LIVE from Old Trafford.

2019 ICC Cricket World Cup | 1st Semi-Final | India v New Zealand | LIVE from Old Trafford.

Tuesday 7pm | After 45 matches, we’ve reached the business end of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Tonight, it’s first against fourth, and two teams that haven’t yet played each other in this tournament, after their group stage match was completely washed out.

After South Africa scored an upset victory over Australia on Saturday, India moved into first place on the points table – after defeating Sri Lanka – and come into the knockout phase as the top seed.
Tonight, the two-time World Champions face the 2015 runner-up, New Zealand, who have nothing to lose, in their quest to qualify for Sunday’s final.
The Black Caps lost their last three group stage matches – against Pakistan, Australia and England – and ended up only qualifying for the finals as a result of having a better Net Run Rate than Pakistan.

Old Trafford is the venue, on a overcast Manchester Tuesday, as India and New Zealand do battle for a spot in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup Final, and it’s LIVE on Zak Sports.

Good evening everyone. Great to have your company for our coverage of the 1st Semi-Final – the start of a massive week of One Day International Cricket – on a night where New Zealand must find some form IF they’re to stop India progressing to the Final, which will be played at Lord’s on Sunday Night.

The news from Manchester, right off the top, is that New Zealand’s Kane Williamson has won the toss, and the Black Caps will BAT first this evening.

Play is scheduled to start at 7:30pm AEST. There’s a threat of rain tonight, which could well see us back here tomorrow night.
For both semi-finals, there’s a reserve day in place, which means that if a result isn’t possible tonight, as a result of lengthy weather delays, they’ll come back and try again tomorrow.
Hopefully that won’t be necessary.

Here’s a look at the two teams for tonight’s match.

The Indian team has been formidable right throughout this tournament – just one loss thus far, when England got the better of them on June 30.
For New Zealand – only one change from the team that played Australia in the last match we brought you – Ish Sodhi is OUT, and Matt Henry is in.
LIVE play comes your way when we come back!

7:30pm | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 46 – 1st Semi-Final | India v New Zealand
LIVE from Old Trafford
New Zealand won the toss & elected to BAT first.
New Zealand 0/0 (0)
Martin Guptill 0* (0) | Henry Nicholls 0* (0)
#CWC19 | #INDvNZ | #ZakSportsAU

Welcome to everyone just joining us – it’s the business end of the World Cup for 2019, with the first semi-final coming to you LIVE from Old Trafford in Manchester tonight.

Players and umpires have made their way to the centre… it’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar opening the bowling for New Zealand… Martin Guptill is taking strike, and in the commentary box, it’s good morning to Sourav Ganguly and Ian Smith!

7:46pm | New Zealand 1/1 (3.3)
Kane Williamson 0* (0) | Henry Nicholls 0* (7)

GONE… GUPTILL’S WOES CONTINUE… THICK EDGE, CAUGHT BY KOHLI, AND THE MAN WHO WAS AN INTEGRAL PART OF NEW ZEALAND’S SUCCESS FOUR YEARS AGO, IS HEADING BACK TO THE PAVILION. IT’S 1/1.

Guptill | c Kohli, b Bumrah | 1 (14) | FOW 1/1 (3.3)

India’s start has been nothing short of phenomenal – two maidens in the opening three overs… the only downside was an LBW shout that went against them, and cost them their only DRS review of the innings, but New Zealand are already on the back foot… the pressure is really on, as Kane Williamson takes guard, and we rejoin Sourav Ganguly and Ian Smith.

8pm | New Zealand 1/10 (7)
Kane Williamson 6* (14) | Henry Nicholls 3* (14)

It’s been a very tough start for New Zealand, but they’re starting to pick some gaps, and score some runs… but it’s been India’s morning thus far, and by a long shot, as Sanjay Manjrekar and Mark Nicholas take up commentary!

8:30pm | New Zealand 1/44 (13)
Kane Williamson 21* (34) | Henry Nicholls 20* (30)

That’s been a better half-hour for New Zealand… Nicholls and Williamson have steadied the ship, on what appears to be a difficult pitch for batsmen… they’re slowly building the run rate – it’s inching towards 3.5/over, but they need to keep building.
Pandya continues to Williamson, as Simon Doull and Isa Guha take over commentary!

8:58pm | New Zealand 2/69 (18.2)
Kane Williamson 31* (45) | Ross Taylor 0* (0)

BOWLED HIM!!!
JADEJA WITH A PEACH OF A DELIVERY… HENRY NICHOLLS IS GONE… JUST WHEN HE AND KANE WILLIAMSON HAD BEGUN TO DIG IN, THEIR 68-RUN PARTNERSHIP HAS BEEN ENDED… IT’S NOW 2/69 – JADEJA HAS HIS FIRST!

Nicholls | b Jadeja | 28 (51) | FOW 2/69 (18.2).

Ross Taylor will be the new man in, and if ever there was a time for him to make a big score for his country, it’s on this stage, on this day, in Manchester…

10:04pm | New Zealand 3/134 (35.2)
James Neesham 0* (0)) | Ross Taylor 25* (52)

GONE… THE CRUCIAL WICKET FOR INDIA – THEY’VE GOT THE CAPTAIN, KANE WILLIAMSON… THE BUILD UP OF PRESSURE PROVES TOO MUCH FOR HIM, AS HE HOLDS OUT TO RAVI JADEJA AT BACKWARD POINT!

IT WAS TOSSED UP FOR HIM, HE WENT FOR IT, BUT DIDN’T STRIKE IT WELL ENOUGH… IT’S 3/134, AS NEW ZEALAND’S DAY GOES FROM BAD TO WORSE.

Williamson | c Jadeja, b Chahal | 67 (95) | FOW 3/134 (35.2)

Jimmy Neesham is the new man in, as we rejoin Simon Doull and Mark Nicholas!

10:32pm | New Zealand 4/162 (41)
Colin de Grandhomme 0* (0)) | Ross Taylor 40* (68)

OUT… GOOD CATCH… NEVER LOOKED IN DOUBT WITH DINESH KARTHIK UNDER IT… NEESHAM GOES, AND NEW ZEALAND’S NIGHTMARE CONTINUES… IT’S 4/162.

Neesham | c Karthik, b Pandya | 12 (18) | FOW 4/162 (41)

Only 9 overs to go… 54 balls left for New Zealand to try and make a game of this, and set a competitive target for India to chase… here come Harsha Bhogle and Ian Smith, as Colin de Grandhomme heads to the centre.

10:42pm | New Zealand 4/185 (43.3)
Colin de Grandhomme 12* (8)) | Ross Taylor 50* (73)

FIFTY FOR ROSS TAYLOR… HE BRINGS IT UP WITH A SIX – THE FIRST OF THE INNINGS – AND HE’S NOW THE MAN NEW ZEALAND IS RELYING ON TO GETTING THEM TO A COMPETITIVE TOTAL, WITH ONLY 39 DELIVERIES LEFT.

The bad news however, there are some umbrellas going up around the ground, and some light rain now falling in Manchester… let’s go back to Harsha and Ian, and hope that we can get through these six overs.

10:50pm | New Zealand 5/200 (44.4)
Tom Latham 0* (0) | Ross Taylor 59* (80)

GONE… EDGED BY DE GRANDHOMME, AND M.S DHONI HAS THE SIMPLEST OF CATCHES IN HIS 350TH ODI… NEW ZEALAND NOW FIVE DOWN, FOR 200!

De Grandhomme | c Dhoni, b Kumar | 16 (10) | FOW 5/200 (44.4)

11:01pm | New Zealand 5/211 (46.1)
Tom Latham 3* (4) | Ross Taylor 67* (85)
Match Delayed by Rain.

WE’RE GOING OFF… WE MENTIONED EARLIER THAT THE RAIN WAS ON ITS WAY, AND NOW IT’S ARRIVED, AND TO A POINT WHERE THE UMPIRES AREN’T HAPPY TO CONTINUE PLAYING…

Rain has had a noticeable presence in this World Cup… a few washouts, a shortened match or two, and a couple of matches decided by Duckworth-Lewis as well…

As this is a semi-final, every effort will be made to conclude the match tonight… if it can’t be finished tonight, we’ll come back tomorrow, and pick up where we left off.
The frustrating thing is that India were behind on their over rate… the NZ innings was scheduled to conclude at 11pm AEST (2pm Local Time). 11pm was the time the rain arrived, and India still had 23 balls (3.5 overs) to bowl.
I’ll counter that news with some better info… as this is a semi-final, we won’t lose any overs from this contest for TWO hours… if play hasn’t resumed by 1am AEST, then we’ll start losing overs, which means Duckworth-Lewis will come into play.
ESPN Cricinfo is reporting that if New Zealand’s were unable to complete this innings, India would be chasing a DLS-adjusted target of 237 from 46 overs.
If India’s innings was reduced to 20 overs – the minimum required to constitute a match – they’d be chasing 148 to win.

We should point out that IF the reserve day is required – which will occur if the match (shortened or otherwise) can’t be completed tonight – the game will CONTINUE tomorrow, not be restarted.

If either of these Semi-Finals are tied at the end of 50 overs, we’ll play a SUPER OVER.

If either SEMI-FINAL is WASHED OUT, the highest ranked team progresses to the final – good news for India and Australia, bad news for England and New Zealand.

If the final is washed out – after the reserve day – the participating teams will SHARE the trophy!

So, that’s the news from Manchester… the covers are on, and the rain is falling… we’ll continue to keep you updated as the evening, and then the morning rolls on… and as soon as we have LIVE play, we’ll be back with you.
For the moment, it’s goodbye.

12:30am | New Zealand 5/211 (46.1) – Match Delayed by Rain.
Hello again from Old Trafford, where the news is much the same as it was an hour ago – it’s pretty wet and dark out there… the covers are still on, and there’s no sign of play in the immediate future, but the good news is we haven’t yet lost any overs… that won’t happen until roughly 1am AEST.

For those of you just joining us, India made an excellent start to this first semi-final in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, and have had New Zealand on the back foot for much of the day thus far.

Whether it’s just brilliant Indian bowling, or if in fact this isn’t an easy pitch to bat on… well that won’t really be known until India get out there… be that later today (UK time) or tomorrow, that isn’t yet clear.

While we wait, let’s have a bit of a look at how these teams got to today’s semi-final.

Firstly India, and they came here as a favourite, and they’re living up to that hype. They only dropped three points in the group stage – their match against New Zealand, at Trent Bridge, was washed out without a ball being bowled, and were then beaten by England, at Edgbaston.

The campaign started with an easy win over South Africa, and concluded with the comfortable defeat of Sri Lanka.India handed Australia its first loss of the tournament, and Duckworth-Lewis helped them to a comfortable win over Pakistan – although, they were in the box seat prior to that rain delay.

They smashed the West Indies, easily accounted for Bangladesh, and narrowly escaped a scare against Afghanistan… that match was their only real scare of the tournament – having only scored 224 in their 50 overs, it gave the Afghani side a real shot at causing a massive upset, but luckily for Virat Kohli’s men, Afghanistan fell 11 runs short of the target, handing India another win.

Kane Williamson’s side started their campaign with an emphatic 10-wicket victory over Sri Lanka, in what was probably their easiest game, and best performance of the tournament.They accounted for Bangladesh and Afghanistan – the latter with relative ease – before taking a point away from the washout with India.

A long day in Birmingham saw New Zealand defeat South Africa, before they got away with one over the West Indies, who fell only five runs short of causing the upset.From there, they’ve suffered defeat at the hands of Pakistan, Australia and England, with each defeat more comprehensive than the previous… despite that, they scraped into the finals, and are currently locked in a difficult battle with India.

Whatever New Zealand has to defend, they’ll head into the field rather optimistic I would think…
– In the five matches played at Old Trafford in this tournament, the side that’s batted first has won ALL FIVE.
– India’s only loss in this campaign has come when chasing.
– Excluding the washout four weeks ago, this is just the fourth match between these two teams on English soil… the previous three have all been won by New Zealand.

So, it’s still raining in Manchester… we’re edging closer to losing overs, but we’re hopeful of some Cricket later this morning, as it is expected to clear, and we can play until 5am, or even 6am – at the discretion of the Match Referee (our own David Boon) if he believes we can achieve a result tonight… if not, we’re back tomorrow.

So, sit tight… we’ll update you when we know more, but in the meantime, if you’re near the TV, FOX Cricket is showcasing highlights from Saturday’s match against South Africa, which NINE have dug into their archives, to show highlights from the 2003 World Cup Final, in South Africa, between Australia and India.

Thanks for your company so far… the first semi-final is far from done… we hope you can stay with us… back soon.

2:30am | New Zealand 5/211 (46.1)
Match Delayed by Rain.


Good morning, everybody. What should’ve been afternoon session from the first semi-final of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, is instead the continuation of a rain delay now into its fourth hour.

The news from Old Trafford is NOT good – it’s still raining here in Manchester… the rain had eased off a short while ago, but it has got heavier again in the last few minutes.

For those of you just joining us, we think, without seeing their batsmen at the crease, that India are on top of this contest.

Kane Williamson won the toss, and elected to bat first, which was a logical decision – the pitch looked good, and the side batting first has won the other five matches played here during the tournament, but it’s been a nightmare for the Black Caps… India’s bowling has been terrific, and given that the fielding side has missed a couple of chances, New Zealand are lucky to only be 5 wickets down.

Play was stopped during the 47th over, with New Zealand at 5/211.

Let’s have a look at the card – it’s been a hard slog for the Kiwi batsmen… the scoring rate is unlike what we usually see in ODI Cricket… in fact, it has a Test Match feel to it, really.

Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor have anchored the ship for New Zealand – 67 apiece, with 28 for Henry Nicholls the other solid contribution.

For the bowlers, they all have one wicket each, but it’s Bumrah and Kumar who’ve been the most economical, and as they’re the only bowlers with overs up their sleeve, New Zealand will be hoping they don’t have to bat again.

The good news is they have wickets in hand… the bad news is they’ve only got 23 balls left in the innings, in which to try and reach a total that may be defendable come India’s innings.The other variable in this is the match situation…

Play needs to resume by 6:36pm Local Time (3:36am AEST) if we’re any chance of finishing the game today…If we do get a resumption, the Indian Innings would be reduced to 20 OVERS, and the TARGET would be 148.

If we don’t get a resumption, we’re back tomorrow, in which case we’d pick up exactly where we left off, and New Zealand would face the remaining 3.5 overs of their innings.

New Zealand would ideally want to play the match today – in terms of scoring rate, a 20-over chase of 148 would be far more challenging for India than a 50-over chase of sub-250.

What doesn’t work for New Zealand is that tomorrow’s forecast is also unfavourable, with rain again predicted, and as we said earlier, if there is NO RESULT, India would go through to the final by virtue of finishing higher on the points table.

So, that’s it for the moment… we’re just hearing that the umpires will have another look at the ground at 6:10pm… if nothing positive comes from that, we’ll be doing it all again tomorrow.

It’s frustrating, it’s depressing, but that’s summer weather in England for you… it’s been a prominent feature of this World Cup, and it ain’t over yet. Stay with us.

3:15am | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 46 – 1st Semi-Final | India v New Zealand
LIVE from Old Trafford
New Zealand 5/211 (46.1)
Match Delayed by Rain.
PLAY ABANDONED FOR THE DAY!
MATCH RESUMES TONIGHT AT 7:30pm AEST!

#CWC19 | #INDvNZ | #ZakSportsAU

Good morning, everybody.. if you’ve been watching the simulcast of Cold Case across NINE and 9GEM, it’s because we’ve got a wet and miserable case on our hands at Old Trafford, and it’s the one that won’t be resolved tonight…

A short time ago, the umpires confirmed that play has been abandoned for the day, which means the 1st World Cup Semi-Final will carry over into its reserve day, and we’ll pick up exactly where we finished at around 11pm – with New Zealand resuming at 5/211, with just 23 balls left in their innings.

Unfortunately, as I detailed earlier, the forecast isn’t great for tomorrow either, but have our fingers crossed that we can get the remainder of the match in BEFORE the weather arrives, or at least reach a point where a winner could be determined via the Duckworth-Lewis system, if needs be.

So, that’s it for now… there’s nothing left to tell you – this game is still in the balance… it’s far from over.It resumes tonight from 7:30pm AEST… we’ll be here, and we hope you will be as well… I encourage you to check your EPG (Electronic Program Guide) for updated broadcast times… FOX Cricket will have it LIVE, and I assume NINE will as well, but it will be ONLY on 9GEM, due to coverage of the State of Origin DECIDER on the main channel.

In the meantime, rain wins on the opening day of finals week… look forward to your company tonight… have a great morning. Bye for now.

Wednesday 7:30pm | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 46 – Day 2 | 1st Semi-Final – India v New Zealand
LIVE from Old Trafford
New Zealand 5/211 (46.1)
Tom Latham 3* (4) | Ross Taylor 67* (85)
#CWC19 | #INDvNZ | #ZakSportsAU

The rain won the day yesterday, forcing the first semi-final into its reserve day, but thankfully it’s dawned brighter – the skies are clearer in Manchester this morning, the weather is set fair, and we should have no problems finishing this match.

Good evening everyone… welcome to our continuing coverage of the first semi-final from the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

If you were with us last night, it was a frustrating night – not just for New Zealand’s batsmen, but for everyone… the predicted rain arrived, and kept us on hold until around 3:15am, when the umpires informed us that we’d all be coming back tomorrow.

Well, tomorrow is here, and it’s going to be an intriguing few hours of Cricket… New Zealand have only 23 balls remaining in their innings… 23 balls in which they’ll be looking to score 30-40 runs, in the hope of setting up a competitive contest, because at this stage, you’d say the game is in India’s favour, but 30-40 runs will give the New Zealand bowlers something to bowl at, and the belief that they may be able to defend the total, and secure a place in the World Cup Final.

As this is the continuation of yesterday’s match, and we didn’t get a resumption at all last night, it’s still a 50-over match, meaning Duckworth-Lewis isn’t in play just yet.

There is rain in the forecast, but not for a few hours, so, at the very least, we’re anticipating that we’ll get to a point where the match could be declared if rain prevented any further play later in the day… of course, that point is the 20-over mark of the Indian Innings, as that’s the minimum amount of overs required that need to be played in order to constitute a match.

Play is just resuming now… Bhuvneshwar Kumar is resuming his ninth over… he’s bowling to Ross Taylor, and in the commentary box, it’s good evening to Harsha Bhogle and Ian Smith!

7:38pm | New Zealand 6/225 (48)
Tom Latham 10* (10) | Mitchell Santner 0* (0)

OUT… DIRECT HIT FROM RAVI JADEJA – HE DOESN’T MISS – AND THAT’S THE END OF ROSS TAYLOR…A VERY GOOD KNOCK, BUT IT’S ALL OVER… GONE FOR 74… IT’S 6/225!

Taylor | run out (Jadeja) | 74 (90) | FOW 6/225 (48)

Only two overs left now… 240 is the minimum they’d be wanting from here, you’d have to think!
Mitchell Santner is the new man in.

7:40pm | New Zealand 7/225 (48.1)
Matt Henry 0* (0) | Mitchell Santner 0* (0)

GONE… GOOD CATCH… THAT MAN AGAIN… JADEJA CAN DO NO WRONG THIS MORNING… FIRST THE RUN OUT, NOW THE CATCH, AND TOM LATHAM IS GONE, LEAVING NEW ZEALAND’S TAIL EXPOSED… IT’S 7/225.

Latham | c Jadeja, b Kumar | 10 (11) | FOW 7/225 (48.1)

7:45pm | New Zealand 7/225 (48.1)
Trent Boult 0* (0) | Mitchell Santner 6* (3)

GONE… SIMPLE CATCH FOR KOHLI… MATT HENRY TRIED TO LOFT THAT OUT OF THE STADIUM, BUT HE NEVER HAD ENOUGH OF IT… INDIA GET THEIR THIRD WICKET OF THE MORNING… SIX BALLS LEFT… 8/232.

Henry | c Kohli, b Kumar | 1 (2) | FOW 8/232 (49)

Trent Boult is the new man in…

7:50pm | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 46 – Day 2 | 1st Semi-Final – India v New Zealand
LIVE from Old Trafford
New Zealand 8/239 (50)
India require 240 runs to win.
#CWC19 | #INDvNZ | #ZakSportsAU

It’s was frantic stuff – we knew it would be – at Old Trafford… 3/28 in 23 balls… New Zealand have up the scoring rate, which they badly needed to do, but India have kept it tight… just the one boundary in all of that, and the 2011 champions will be chasing 240 to win this match.

India 0/0 (0)
Target: 240
Wickets in Hand: 10
Overs Remaining: 50
Required Run Rate: 4.80


We’ll have a quick look at the cards in just a moment.

8pm | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 46 – Day 2 | 1st Semi-Final – India v New Zealand
LIVE from Old Trafford
New Zealand 8/239 (50) | India 0/0 (0)
KL Rahul 0* (0) | Rohit Sharma 0* (0)
India require 240 runs to win.
#CWC19 | #INDvNZ | #ZakSportsAU

Hello again from Old Trafford… quick turnaround, with this being the reserve day – just ten minutes between the two innings, so the players and umpires are already making their way back out into the centre now…

Here’s a quick look at the cards… again, a superb performance from both Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson in rather trying conditions, and as for India, Kumar was the only one to build on his wicket haul this morning – grabbing two to go with the one he got last night… once again, the best of the bowlers, and could be the key difference between the teams in fifty overs time.

Rohit Sharma – the form man of the tournament… four centuries so far… is out in the centre… KL Rahul is with him, and Trent Boult has the new ball in hand, as we go up to the commentary box, and say hi to Sanjay Manjrekar and Simon Doull!

8:07pm | New Zealand 8/239 (50) | India 1/4 (1.3)
KL Rahul 1* (5) | Virat Kohli 0* (0)
India require 236 runs to win off 291 balls.

GONE… THE BIG FISH… THE BIG WICKET… INDIA’S FORM MAN IS GONE… A THICK EDGE, A SIMPLE CATCH FOR TOM LATHAM, AND NEW ZEALAND HAVE SENT ROHIT SHARMA PACKING REALLY EARLY… IT’S 1/4!

Sharma | c Latham, b Henry | 1 (4) | FOW 1/4 (1.3)

Virat Kohli is the new man in, and despite speculation that the pitch could be easier to play today – in warmer, drier conditions, and given that it was rolled before play, and at the change of innings, the Black Caps have struck early…

8:14pm | New Zealand 8/239 (50) | India 2/5 (2.4)
KL Rahul 1* (6) | Rishabh Pant 0* (0)
India require 235 runs to win off 284 balls.

GONE… KOHLI AS WELL… LBW!!!
BOULT STRIKES NOW… IT WASN’T PLUMB, BUT IT WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE UMPIRE – CLIPPING THE BAILS – UMPIRE’S CALL ON REVIEW, SO INDIA KEEP THEIR REVIEW, BUT THE CAPTAIN IS GONE… 2/5!

Kohli | LBW, b Boult | 1 (6) | FOW 2/5 (2.4)

Rishabh Pant is the new man in, and the Kiwis have found their voice at Old Trafford.

8:19pm | New Zealand 8/239 (50) | India 3/5 (3.1)
Dinesh Karthik 0* (0) | Rishabh Pant 0* (2)
India require 235 runs to win off 281 balls.

OUT… THERE’S ANOTHER ONE… RAHUL GOES, IN VERY SIMILAR FASHION TO HOW ROHIT SHARMA WAS DISMISSED, AND INDIA, ALL OF A SUDDEN, ARE IN TREMENDOUS TROUBLE AT OLD TRAFFORD…

3 FOR 5 AFTER 19 BALLS… HENRY HAS HIS SECOND WICKET… NEW ZEALAND NEED 7 FOR THE UPSET OF THE TOURNAMENT… 3/5!

Rahul | c Latham, b Henry | 1 (7) | FOW 3/5 (3.1)

Dinesh Karthik is the new man in, and tonight’s the night where India’s middle-order needs to deliver… but, they’re in for one gruelling test, as they fight for survival in the 2019 ICC World Cup.

8:50pm | New Zealand 8/239 (50) | India 4/24 (10)
Hardik Pandya 0* (0) | Rishabh Pant 12* (18)
India require 216 runs to win off 240 balls.

OUT… WHAT A CATCH… JIMMY NEESHAM WITH ONE OF THE BEST YOU’LL SEE IN THIS TOURNAMENT, AND IT MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT OF THE TOURNAMENT, GIVEN THE CONTEXT OF THIS MOMENT… KARTHIK GONE… HENRY HAS THREE WICKETS, AND INDIA ARE ON THE ROPES AT 4/24!

Karthik | c Neesham, b Henry | 6 (25) | FOW 4/24 (10)

Forty overs left… 216 runs required for India, but the big story is that New Zealand are only six wickets away from another World Cup Final.
What a morning it’s been at Old Trafford… Hardik Pandya is the new man in, as we rejoin Sourav Ganguly and Mark Nicholas!

9:48pm | New Zealand 8/239 (50) | India 5/71 (22.5)
Hardik Pandya 22* (39) | MS Dhoni 0* (0)
India require 169 runs to win off 163 balls.

GONE… A MUCH NEEDED WICKET FOR NEW ZEALAND, AND PANT IS ON HIS WAY… SANTNER DOES THE DAMAGE, AND IT’S 5/71!

Pant | c de Grandhomme, b Santner | 32 (56) | FOW 5/71 (22.5)

10:17pm | New Zealand 8/239 (50) | India 6/92 (30.3)
Hardik Pandya 22* (39) | MS Dhoni 0* (0)
India require 148 runs to win off 147 balls.

GONE… PANDYA HOLDS OUT TO WILLIAMSON, AND THIS GAME IS REALLY FALLING NEW ZEALAND’S WAY NOW…IT’S 6/92, AND THE ASKING RATE IS NOW AT 7 AN OVER…

Pandya | c Williamson, b Santner | 32 (62) | FOW 6/92 (30.3)

Pandya and Dhoni had started to rebuild India’s run chase, but Mitch Santner has brought that undone – he has two wickets now, and the Indian tail has now been exposed… Their hopes lie with MS Dhoni, but he’s running out of partners, as we rejoin Harsha Bhogle and Ian Smith!

11pm | New Zealand 8/239 (50) | India 6/150 (40)
Ravindra Jadeja 39* (34) | MS Dhoni 24* (46)
India require 90 runs to win off 60 balls.

India are making a really good fight of this, in what has been a tense contest all day – they’re still swinging, and this could still go either way, despite the odds being heavily stacked against them, when they were 4/24!

A terrific fight from Jadeja and Dhoni, but New Zealand will know that if they can break this partnership, it’ll go a long way to them winning this match, as we join Simon Doull and Isa Guha in commentary!

11:06pm | New Zealand 8/239 (50) | India 6/166 (41.4)
Ravindra Jadeja 51* (39) | MS Dhoni 28* (52)
India require 74 runs to win off 50 balls.

FIFTY FOR JADEJA… COULD HE BE THE HERO FOR INDIA???
WHAT A FIGHTBACK THIS HAS BEEN… THE NUMBER 8 HAS 51 OFF 39 BALLS, AND AS A RESULT, HIS COUNTRY IS STILL IN THIS CONTEST…

To take you through the final overs, it’ll be Sourav Ganguly and Ian Smith!

11:40pm | New Zealand 8/239 (50) | India 7/208 (47.5)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 0* (0) | MS Dhoni 42* (68)
India require 32 runs to win off 13 balls.

GOT IT!!! GOT IT!!! THE PARTNERSHIP BROKEN, AND NEW ZEALAND INCH CLOSER TO THE WORLD CUP FINAL!

A TERRIFIC INNINGS FROM JADEJA COMES TO AN END – A MAGNIFICENT PARTNERSHIP, BETWEEN HE AND DHONI, OF 116 COMES TO AN END, BUT IS IT ENOUGH TO HELP INDIA TO VICTORY… WE’LL FIND OUT SOON… 7/208!

Jadeja | c Williamson, b Boult | 77 (59) | FOW 7/208 (47.5)

11:43pm | New Zealand 8/239 (50) | India 8/216 (48.3)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 0* (0) | Yuzvendra Chahal 0* (0)
India require 24 runs to win off 9 balls.

OUT… BRILLIANT FIELDING FROM MARTIN GUPTILL… A DIRECT HIT BRINGS ABOUT THE DEMISE OF MS DHONI, AND NEW ZEALAND HAVE ALMOST CERTAINLY SECURED THEIR PLACE IN THE WORLD CUP FINAL… 8/216!

Dhoni | run out (Guptill) | 50 (72) | FOW 8/216 (48.3)

11:47pm | New Zealand 8/239 (50) | India 9/217 (49)
Jasprit Bumrah 0* (0) | Yuzvendra Chahal 1* (2)
India require 23 runs to win off 6 balls.

BOWLED HIM… IT’S ALL FALLING APART FOR INDIA NOW… KUMAR GONE, AND IT’S 9/217!

Kumar | b Ferguson | 0 (1) | FOW 9/217

11:54pm | New Zealand 8/239 (50) | India 10/221 (49.3)
New Zealand WIN by 18 runs – qualify for World Cup Final

EDGED… GONE… NEW ZEALAND WIN… INDIA FALL AT THE SECOND LAST HURDLE, AND THE BLACK CAPS ARE HEADING TO LORD’S, AND THEIR SECOND CONSECUTIVE WORLD CUP FINAL…
KANE WILLIAMSON’S MEN HAVE PULLED OFF THE UNLIKELY WIN, TO LEAVE THE INDIAN FANS IN MANCHESTER ABSOLUTELY STUNNED!!!

INDIA – ALL OUT FOR 221… WE’LL WRAP THINGS UP FOR YOU SHORTLY… WHAT A GAME OF CRICKET WE’VE SEEN AT OLD TRAFFORD… HOPE YOU’VE ENJOYED IT ON ZAK SPORTS… NEW ZEALAND ARE INTO THE WORLD CUP FINAL… STAY WITH US!

Chahal | c Latham, b Neesham | 5 (5) | FOW 10/221 (49.3)

12:15am | 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup
Match 46 – Day 2 | 1st Semi-Final – India v New Zealand
LIVE from Old Trafford
New Zealand 8/239 (50) | India 10/221 (49.3)
New Zealand WIN by 18 runs – qualify for World Cup Final
Man of the Match: Matt Henry (NZ)

#CWC19 | #INDvNZ | #ZakSportsAU

Hello again from Old Trafford, where the first semi-final of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup has ended, just over 28 hours after it began, but boy was it worth the wait…

New Zealand are through to the final, following an upset win over India – one that will likely go down as one of their finest ever victories, not just over India, but in One Day International Cricket, full stop.

After winning the toss, and electing to bat first, New Zealand struggled to 8/239 after their 50 overs, but it turns out the pitch was another bowler-friendly deck, and that 239 was enough to get New Zealand home, and they’re the first team into Sunday’s World Cup Final.

Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson were New Zealand’s best, in an innings where only three players scored more than 20 runs… in fact, Sundries/extras was the fourth-highest score in that innings, and Kumar was India’s best bowler, but all five got wickets throughout.

For India, the wheels fell off the wagon right at the start – KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli all dismissed within the opening four overs – only three runs between them, and once India fell to 4/24, at the end of the tenth over, it was always going to be a tough ask from there, but to their credit, they fought hard, and the match was still alive in the closing overs… and even though the result was known by the start of the last over, some were surprised to see the innings last that long.

Trent Boult and Matt Henry turned this game on its ear, with a phenomenal opening spell of bowling, which put New Zealand in the box seat, but MS Dhoni and Ravi Jadeja fought back well for India, with the best partnership of the match (116), but as India’s last real hope – after joining forces at 6/92 – their demise would signal the beginning of the end for Virat Kohli’s men, and in the end, New Zealand came away with an 18-run win.

We should mention, as it was lost on us in the heat of the moment, MS Dhoni reached fifty and got out in the same delivery… going for two, the first run took him to his half-century, before he was spectacularly run out while coming back for the second.

Man of the Match was New Zealand’s Matt Henry – he removed BOTH openers, and had the best figures of the NZ bowlers, on a bowler-friendly deck at Old Trafford.

So, Indian fans leave disappointed… Virat Kohli and his team leave without the prize they had so desperately sought, but now New Zealand have a second chance at winning their first World Cup title.

Who will they play?
Well, that question will be answered later tonight, when Australia face England at Edgbaston – the scene of Australia’s famous tie with South Africa in the 1999 World Cup Semi-Final.

Rain is in the forecast, on a day where Australia will look to record their first win, over England, at Edgbaston, since 1993… you’ll see it LIVE on FOX Cricket (6:30pm AEST), and Nine’s Wide World of Sports (7pm AEST on 9GEM – switching to NINE ) around Australia, and we’ll have a wrap-up for you on Zak Sports on Friday.

An extraordinary two days in Manchester… New Zealand off to Lord’s… India on their way home – a big surprise, with the winners of the group stage getting knocked out in the semi-final, and now either England or Australia – the Trans-Tasman rival – await the Black Caps, as they look to go one better than they did four years ago…

That’s it from us… we hope you enjoyed it, and we look forward to your company next time, as the ICC Cricket World Cup of 2019 reaches its climax… have a great morning. Bye for now!

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