India 150-6, needs 90 runs off last 10 overs

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India was 150-6 and needing 90 more runs to win off the last 10 overs against New Zealand in the first Cricket World Cup semifinal.

MS Dhoni (24) and Ravindra Jadeja (39) were sharing a 58-run partnership for the seventh wicket and appeared to be India's last hope at Old Trafford.

Hardik Pandya was the sixth man out for India, caught near the boundary by Kane Williamson off Mitchell Santner (2-25 off nine overs).

India look to Dhoni after World Cup semi-final collapse against New Zealand

India were praying for a World Cup miracle from veteran batsman MS Dhoni after a stunning top-order collapse left them reeling in Wednesday's dramatic semi-final run-chase against New Zealand.

India lost key batsmen Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul for just one run each as they slumped to five for three and were 24 for four when Dinesh Karthik was out for six.

Hardik Pandya tried to steady the ship but when he fell for 32, India were 92 for six off 30.3 overs needing a further 148 runs to reach a victory target of 240 at Old Trafford.

Dhoni, India's captain when they won the 2011 World Cup on home soil, was then 10 not out.

New Zealand pacemen Matt Henry (three wickets for 23 runs in seven overs) and Trent Boult (1-15 in six) did the early damage.

They were helped by some fine fielding, Jimmy Neesham holding a superb one-handed catch at backward point to dismiss Karthik off Henry to leave India's bid to reach the final in turmoil.

Sharma began the procession of top-order dismissals when he edged a fine Henry delivery that curved away to wicketkeeper Tom Latham.

Kohli fell next, lbw to a superb inswinger from left-armer Boult.

Kohli reviewed but replays upheld English official Richard Illingworth's original out decision on umpire's call and, to the despair of the massed ranks of India fans in the ground, the star batsman had to go.

India were then five for three when Rahul was brilliantly caught by a diving Latham after edging Henry.

At that stage, India, two-time world champions, had lost three wickets for one run in 10 balls against 2015 runners-up New Zealand.

Pandya struck Henry for an elegant backfoot four through the offside.

But that was a rare boundary and the ongoing pressure exerted by the Black Caps told again in the 23rd over when Rishabh Pant holed out for 32 when he was caught at deep midwicket by Colin de Grandhomme following a lofted sweep off left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner.

His exit left India 71 for five and brought in Dhoni, 38 on Sunday, with India hoping he had one more rescue mission left in him.

But they suffered another setback when Pandya, slogging across the line, skyed Santner to New Zealand captain Kane Williamson at midwicket.

Earlier, New Zealand added 28 runs in the remaining 23 balls of their innings to finish on 239-8 after rain had stopped play on Tuesday.

Ross Taylor, who resumed on 67 not out, top-scored with 74 after Williamson, who won the toss, had made a masterly 67 in awkward conditions for batting.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar finished with three for 43.

Meanwhile, Ravindra Jadeja, whose left-arm spin yielded an economical one for 34 in 10 overs on Tuesday, ran out Taylor and held a brilliant catch in the deep to dismiss Latham.

Wednesday's winners will face either hosts England or reigning champions Australia, in Sunday's final at Lord's.

India collapse to 24-4 against New Zealand in World Cup semi-final

India suffered a dramatic collapse as they slumped to 24 for four in the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul all managed just a single apiece as India were reduced to five for three by New Zealand pacemen Trent Boult and Matt Henry in pursuit of a target of 240.

Jimmy Neesham then held a superb one-handed catch at backward point to dismiss Dinesh Karthik (six) off Henry to leave India's bid to reach the final in turmoil after 10 overs.

New Zealand should have had a fifth wicket when India all-rounder Hardik Pandya, on 18, clipped fast bowler Lockie Ferguson's first ball to midwicket, only for Neesham to drop a far easier chance than the one he held to get rid of Karthik.

Sharma began the procession of top-order dismissals when he edged a fine Henry delivery that curved away to wicketkeeper Tom Latham.

Kohli fell next, lbw to a superb inswinger from left-armer Boult.

Kohli reviewed but replays upheld English official Richard Illingworth's original out decision on umpire's call and, to the despair of the massed ranks of India fans in the ground, the star batsman had to go.

India were then five for three when Rahul was brilliantly caught by a diving Latham following an edge off Henry.

At that stage, India, two-time world champions, had lost three wickets for one run in 10 balls against 2015 runners-up New Zealand.

Henry took three wickets for 23 runs in his opening seven-over spell and Boult one for 15 in his first six.

Earlier, New Zealand added 28 runs in the remaining 23 balls of their innings to finish on 239-8 after rain had stopped play on Tuesday.

Ross Taylor, who resumed on 67 not out, top-scored with 74 after New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who won the toss, had made 67 in awkward conditions for batting.

The winners of this match will face either hosts England or reigning champions Australia, who play at Edgbaston on Thursday, in Sunday's final at Lord's.

India collapse to 5-3 against New Zealand in dramatic World Cup semi-final

India suffered a stunning top-order slump as they collapsed to five for three in the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Set a seemingly modest target of 240 for victory, India saw key batsmen Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul all depart for one run each as Trent Boult and Matt Henry made a blistering start with the new ball.

Sharma had come into this match having made five hundreds this tournament, a record for a single World Cup.

But the opener fell for just one when he edged a fine Henry delivery that curved away to wicketkeeper Tom Latham.

India captain Kohli went next, lbw to a superb inswinger from left-armer Boult.

Kohli reviewed but replays upheld English official Richard Illingworth's original out decision on umpire's call and, to the despair of the massed ranks of India fans in the ground, the star batsman had to go.

India were then 5-3 when Rahul was brilliantly caught by a diving Latham following an edge off Henry.

At that stage, India, two-time world champions, had lost three wickets for one run in 10 balls against 2015 runners-up New Zealand.

Earlier, New Zealand added 28 runs in 23 balls to their overnight score before finishing on 239-8 after rain had stopped play on Tuesday with the Black Caps then 211-5 off 46.1 overs.

The winners of this match will face either hosts England or reigning champions Australia, who play at Edgbaston on Thursday, in Sunday's final at Lord's.

Rain forces India-New Zealand World Cup semi-final into reserve day

The opening cricket World Cup semi-final between India and New Zealand will be played over two days after rain at Old Trafford prevented the match finishing as scheduled on Tuesday.

New Zealand were 211-5 off 46.1 overs when persistent rain worsened sufficiently for the umpires to halt play at 2:00 pm (1300 GMT) with 23 balls left in the innings.

But after more than four hours off the field, the umpires eventually decided there was no prospect of even a 20 overs per side match - the minimum required under the Duckworth-Lewis method for rain-affected matches -- being completed on Tuesday and they abandoned play for the day at 6:20 pm (1720 GMT).

The match, which remains a 50 overs per side contest, will now resume at 10:30 am (0930 GMT), weather permitting, with New Zealand on what will be their overnight score of 211-5, with Ross Taylor 67 not out and Tom Latham unbeaten on three.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson had earlier made 67 after winning the toss, with Jasprit Bumrah (1-25 off eight overs) leading a disciplined India bowling attack.

If a 20 overs per side match cannot be completed on Wednesday as well, India would go through to Sunday's final at Lord's on the basis of having finished first to New Zealand's fourth in the 10-team group stage.

No reserve days were scheduled for the group matches of this World Cup, which has already featured a record four washouts.

Tournament hosts England and reigning champions Australia will contest the second semi-final at Edgbaston on Thursday, with that match able to continue on to Friday if a reserve day is required.

Rain stops play with New Zealand 211-5 vs India

Rain has stopped play in the first Cricket World Cup semifinal, with New Zealand 211-5 against India after 46.1 overs.

Ross Taylor was 67 not out and had been joined by Tom Latham (3).

New Zealand has accelerated since the 40th over, scoring 56 runs in 6.1 overs.

NZ needs big last 10 overs against India

New Zealand needs a big last 10 overs to set India a challenging total in the first Cricket World Cup semifinal.

After 40 overs, New Zealand was 155-3 with Ross Taylor on 38 and Jimmy Neesham on 7.

The Black Caps have been strangled by disciplined bowling by India and are still only going at less than 4 runs an over.

India removes Williamson for 67

India spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has removed Kane Williamson for 67, taking out New Zealand's captain and key batsman.

It was a soft dismissal, with Williamson possibly surprised by the bounce and chopping a looping shot to Ravindra Jadeja at point.

New Zealand was 134-3 in the 36th over.

New Zealand stumbling along at 83-2 off 25 overs

New Zealand was stumbling along at 83-2 halfway through its allotted 50 overs in the first Cricket World Cup semifinal against India, with captain Kane Williamson again looking key to posting a respectable score.

Williamson was set on 36, and has been joined in the middle by Ross Taylor (7) after the departure of Henry Nicholls.

Nicholls was bowled through the gate by Ravindra Jadeja for 28.

New Zealand was rebuilding after a slow start - it was 10-1 after seven overs - but only scored 10 runs from overs 20-25.

Williamson has passed 500 runs for the tournament and his average is now more than 100.

India strike as New Zealand struggle early in World Cup semi-final

New Zealand lost opener Martin Guptill with just one run on the board as they struggled to 27-1 off 10 overs against tight India bowling in their World Cup semi-final at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

The Black Caps' score was the lowest after the first 10-over powerplay at the tournament so far.

Henry Nicholls was 10 not out and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson 14 not out.

All five previous matches in the tournament at Old Trafford had been won by the side batting first, so Williamson's decision to bat after winning the toss was understandable.

But, Williamson apart, the Black Caps' top order has struggled at the World Cup and the overcast conditions in Manchester on Tuesday allied to a fresh pitch always promised to assist India's impressive pace attack.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar appealed for lbw against Guptill off the first ball of the match and an India review of the original not out decision proved unsuccessful, with replays indicating the ball would have gone down the legside.

It took New Zealand 17 balls to score the first run of the match and India did not have long to wait for Guptill's wicket in any event.

The right-hander, the leading run-scorer of the tournament when New Zealand finished runners-up at the 2015 World Cup, had made just one when he fended carelessly outside off-stump against a rising Jasprit Bumrah delivery and was well caught, head-high, by India captain Virat Kohli at second slip.

Guptill's fifth single-figure score of the tournament left New Zealand 1-1 in the fourth over.

His exit brought in Williamson, who prior to Tuesday's match had scored over 28 percent of New Zealand's runs this tournament - a remarkably high percentage for one batsman.

Left-hander Nicholls eventually struck the opening boundary of the match when he cover-drove Bumrah for four in the eighth over to reach his first double-figure score of the tournament.

Bumrah's first spell yielded fine figures of one wicket for 10 runs in four overs.

India or New Zealand will face the winners of Thursday's second semi-final between hosts England and reigning champions Australia at Edgbaston on Thursday in the July 14 final at Lord's.

India v New Zealand: Three key World Cup battles

Two-time champions India face 2015 runners-up New Zealand on Tuesday in the first World Cup semi-final in Manchester.

India topped the group stage with seven wins from nine matches, while New Zealand limped into the last four after three successive defeats.

Here, AFP Sport looks at three key battles in the knockout match at Old Trafford:

Kohli v Williamson - Lead thy way

There will be a sense of deja vu for India's Virat Kohli and New Zealand's Kane Williamson, who were captains of their sides when India and New Zealand met in the 2008 Under-19 World Cup semi-finals.

Kohli's India won the game and went on to clinch the title at Kuala Lumpur and Williamson would dearly love to avenge that loss when they meet again for much higher stakes on Tuesday.

Kohli has led India into the last four with five half-centuries and is two wins away from what could be his first World Cup triumph as captain of the senior side.

Williamson has also been inspirational for New Zealand, with two masterclass centuries and a fifty as his team return to the semi-finals four years after losing the title match against Australia.

His elegant batting and shrewd brain make for a deadly combination for the Kiwis, who are bidding to cause an upset against India at Old Trafford.

Sharma v Guptill - opening charge

Rohit Sharma is in the form of his life after hitting a record five centuries in a single edition of the World Cup to lead the tournament's batting charts with 647 runs.

Sharma comes in to the semi-finals fuelled by three successive centuries -- 102, 104, 103 -- and two opening stands with KL Rahul of over 180.

But can he continue his blazing run on the big stage?

Martin Guptill's form has been in sharp contrast with that of Sharma as the Kiwi opener managed just 166 runs from his eight outings.

The Black Caps will be hoping for a change of fortune for Guptill, who was in smashing form in the last World Cup when he hit the tournament's best ever individual score of 237 not out against West Indies.

Bumrah v Boult - Pace wars

Yorker king Jasprit Bumrah has led the Indian pace attack with speed and accuracy and remains key to the team's chances against New Zealand.

Bumrah has claimed 17 wickets in eight matches and has stifled the flow of runs for opposition batsmen with his ability to consistently bowl yorkers in the death overs.

He is ably supported by fellow fast bowlers Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

But New Zealand can also boast significant firepower in their pace attack with left-arm quick Trent Boult leading the way.

With his ability to move the ball both ways, Boult is a threat to India's famed batting line-up and claimed 15 wickets from eight group-stage games.

His 4-30 against West Indies on June 22 at Old Trafford was one of the best spells of fast bowling in this edition of the World Cup, while he also claimed a hat-trick against Australia.

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