New Zealand reached 211-5 from 46.1 overs before rain forced the players to leave the field at 14:00 BST. The rain was not much heavy but still it was enough to postpone game, with the umpires making a decision at 18:25 further play would not be possible.
It means New Zealand will recommence their innings at 10:30 on Wednesday and India will have the full 50 overs to chase. Indeed, it was an unsatisfactory day – India were on top on a slow pitch in front of an enthusiastic crowd, and going to watch for a second day will be a logistical challenge for some fans.
However, it does seem to be the fairer option as it makes certain both sides play full 50 overs.
Tuesday – cloudy, humid, and dark – felt like a perfect bowling day, but after winning the toss New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson decided to bat first.
New Zealand’s batting has not enthused during the tournament, Williamson aside, and they almost lost Martin Guptill to the first ball of the innings when he was hit in front by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
It was going slow throughout the day. New Zealand did not score a run until the 17th ball of the innings; even they did not strike a four until the eighth over. The wasted review against Guptill did not cost India too much – he was give notice shortly afterwards for one, caught by Virat Kohli at second slip – Henry Nicholls and Kane Williamson crawled, rather than ran, through the overs.
Their 68-run partnership stable the innings but Nicholls, out of nowhere, was bowled by Ravindra Jadeja. There was no boundary for 14 overs soon after, Williamson and Taylor was allowed only to take singles by the India spinners.
New Zealand always had hope when Williamson is in the ground but when he was caught at backward point, finally trying to speed up the innings, things firmly shifted in India’s favor.
However, finalists in 2015, the Black Caps, will recommence on Wednesday with the skillful Ross Taylor at the crease.
He hit the first six of the match to reach his half-century and he has potential of pushing them through the final 3.5 overs to a competitive total.