India vs New Zealand World Cup semi-final Reserve Day: What it means for India

first_imgIndia and New Zealand will resume proceedings in the 1st semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Wednesday after rain played spoilsport at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday.With the International Cricket Council (ICC) allocating reserve days for the knockout stages of World Cup 2019, the semi-final between India and New Zealand was not abandoned even as it drizzled continuously on Tuesday in Manchester.The game was not curtailed as well as there was no resumption in play after rain interrupted proceedings when New Zealand were batting on 211 for 5 after 46.1 overs.If New Zealand hadn’t batted again on Tuesday and a curtailed game had resumed, India would have had to chase 148 in 20 overs, 172 in 25 overs, 192 in 30 overs, 209 in 35 overs, 223 in 40 overs and 237 in 46 overs according to DLS method.However, on Wednesday (the reserve day), New Zealand will resume their innings from the 47th over if there is no rain that delays the start of play in Manchester. Weather forecast for the reserve day is certainly better as the chances of rain have come down by 40 percent.It is likely that India will get their full quota of 50 overs to chase whatever New Zealand set after resuming their innings. Notably, Kane Williamson had won the toss and opted to bat after which Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar put the brakes on the Black Caps’ scoring rate.World Cup 2019 semi-final 1, India vs New Zealand: What reserve day means for IndiaFormer India batsman Aakash Chopra, speaking to India Today, said India will be the happier of the two sides due to the fact that they are likely to get a 50-over innings on the reserve day.advertisement”Without a doubt, India would be happier that they didn’t end up having a 20-over game [on Tuesday]. Had that been the case, New Zealand would have been the happier of the two sides. Now, we have got a full game and India’s good work hasn’t gone waste,” Aakash Chopra said.”You have maintained control over the game for 46 overs and you don’t want a gamble of sorts where it becomes a T20 shootout. If you lose a couple of wickets… two new balls… you don’t know which side the game will title. In a 50-over game India is definitely ahead,” Chopra added.World Cup-winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said India have got the game in their hands on the reserve day.”I think India have got the game in their hands. Anything can happen in cricket but from whatever I have seen of them in this World Cup, they have got this game in their hands. They have got a full game [on Wednesday] not the T20 over where New Zealand could have sniffed a chance. A full game tomorrow and India will be very happy chasing 230-240 whatever they could,” Harbhajan Singh said.Slow and steady wins the raceOvercast conditions are expected throughout Wednesday in Manchester and there could be some assistance for New Zealand’s new ball bowlers at Old Trafford.Former England spinner Monty Panesar and Aakash Chopra have stressed that India should approach their chase cautiously on the reserve day.”There is not enough runs on the board for New Zelaand. If say, India are 120 for 1, then the game starts moving swiftly towards India. Start slowly, start steadily and you will win the race,” Aakash Chopra said.Panesar, speaking to ANI news agency, opined: “But this target of 220, there are some overs left, it is a chaseable target. If India plays measurable cricket, assess the conditions tomorrow, they do not need to play any high-risk shots.”Also Read | India vs New Zealand semi-final 1st ever World Cup knock-out match to move into reserve dayAlso Read | India vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 1st Semi-final: What happens on reserve dayAlso See:last_img read more

Pochettino: Kane doesn’t need titles

first_imgTottenham Hotspur ‘Kane doesn’t need titles to show he’s one of the best’ – Pochettino backs striker for success at Spurs Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 22:54 15/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Harry Kane - cropped Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Harry Kane Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City Swansea City Premier League The Tottenham manager has hailed his star striker as one of the best in the world, claiming he does not need to leave to achieve greatness Mauricio Pochettino insists Harry Kane does not have to leave Tottenham to be considered world class after the striker’s impressive Champions League double helped make Wembley feel like home.Kane stole the show in Spurs’ entertaining 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, producing two clinical finishes to boost his tally to six goals in his last four games for club and country.Kane 9/2 for hat-trick v Swansea Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Speaking in June, the 24-year-old voiced his desire to challenge the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or, and Pochettino believes he can do that at Tottenham, regardless of their collective success.”For me there is no doubt Harry Kane is one of the best strikers [in the world]. In my opinion he does not need titles to show he is one of the best,” Pochettino told reporters.”It is true that players try to score to win and show good performance and in the end win titles. That is the aim for everyone.”We are working very hard to try to first build our philosophy and the way we want to play.”Then [we look] to win because the objective always is to try to win games and win titles. That is our ambition.”Kane’s heroics helped Tottenham to what was only their second win in their last seven matches at Wembley.Pochettino acknowledged Wednesday’s victory meant “more than three points” ahead of Swansea City’s visit on Saturday.”I think it was clear that it was so important for us. It will help us to get our confidence and trust of playing there at Wembley, to help us feel that it is our home,” he said.”It stopped a little bit that negativity about Wembley. That was the perception. For us it was never negative, only positive. [The win] will help us in the future.”last_img read more