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What India need to do to reach World Cup final if New Zealand do not bat again

The game which was expected to continue after a short break is now delayed further due to the incessant rain making the prospect of New Zealand not batting again a real possibility.

What India need to do to reach World Cup final if New Zealand do not bat again
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As forecasted, rain has interrupted the play in the first semi-final of ICC Men's World Cup 2019 between India and New Zealand at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester on Tuesday. New Zealand were 211-5 after 46.1 overs when the match was stopped due to rain.

The game which was expected to continue after a short break is now delayed further due to the incessant rain making the prospect of New Zealand not batting again a real possibility.

In case New Zealand doesn't bat again, India's target in

- 46 overs will be 237
- 40 overs will be 223
- 35 overs will be 209
- 30 overs will be 192
- 25 overs will be 172
- 20 overs will be 148

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and veteran Ross Taylor are the highest run-scorers for the side in the clash so far with 67 runs apiece in 95 and 85 deliveries, respectively.  

The good news, however, is that the International Cricket Council (ICC) has kept a reserve day for the semi-finals and final, so if the match cannot be completed on Tuesday, India and New Zealand will pick up from where they left it on Wednesday.

It is to be noted that the weather forecast for Wednesday also looks grim as "heavy rain" along with overcast conditions has been forecast for Wednesday too. If the match cannot be completed on Wednesday too due to bad weather then India will qualify for the final because they have more points (15) than New Zealand (11) in the league stage.