Black Caps out - or in final, it's one of those two

New Zealand's Trent Boult celebrates taking the wicket of India's Virat Kohli lbw during the ICC Cricket World Cup semifinal at Old Trafford in Manchester last night. Photo: Reuters
New Zealand's Trent Boult celebrates taking the wicket of India's Virat Kohli lbw during the ICC Cricket World Cup semifinal at Old Trafford in Manchester last night. Photo: Reuters
This is jolly awkward - but what happened?

The Black Caps are either through to the World Cup final or their run has been snuffed out by India or rain at Old Trafford this morning (New Zealand time).

It was a bit hard to tell yesterday afternoon, although option two seemed more likely.

India dominated with the ball on a tricky surface. Even one of the world's best batsmen, Kane Williamson, struggled to get the pace on the pitch.

It was supposed to be a batting paradise, but certainly did not play like one.

Williamson laboured to 67 from 95 balls and Ross Taylor was undefeated on 67 from 85 balls when rain forced the players from the field. The Blacks Caps were 211 for five after 46.1 overs.

The rain hung around for three hours and eventually the umpires made the decision to make use of the reserve day - a first for a World Cup semifinal.

But there had been discussion concerning a 20-over game. Under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern system, India would have required 148 to win.

That was ruled out and instead the New Zealanders were left trying to smash as many runs as possible in their last 3.5 overs..

What we know is India was in a good position before the match resumed.

Other than the first game against Sri Lanka, the Black Caps openers have struggled.

Henry Nicholls and the out of form Martin Guptill were put under pressure immediately. India duo Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar started with maidens.

Guptill fumbled around badly before he nicked a nice delivery from Bumrah. It was a mercy dismissal, really. Virat Kohli held the catch and Guptill was gone for one from 14 balls.

Williamson and Nicholls grafted out a 68-run partnership which was a bit like chipping away granite with a pocket knife.

Nicholls eventually wore out his blade. Ravindra Jadeja spun a delivery past his defence and bowled him for 28.

Taylor joined the fray and grappled with the conditions as well and could not find any timing at all.

The ball ballooned from the pitch and floated past several desperate swats. And there was decent turn which is never popular with the New Zealand line-up.

India's fifth bowler Hardik Pandya left the field for treatment but returned. His figures of one for 55 was impressive considering he was not fully fit.

New Zealand could not get hold of him or were reluctant to take too many risks as well.

When the game resumed late last night, New Zealand scrapped to 239 for eight from its 50 overs.

Taylor was run out for 74 by a direct hit from the outfield by Jadeja, who then took a sharp catch on the boundary next ball to get rid of Tom Latham.

New Zealand could only find the boundary once in its 3.5 over mini-innings, making 28 from 23 balls.

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