Manchester, July 10: The Indian players were in a light mood ahead of their ICC World Cup semifinal against New Zealand on Wednesday.
The Indians joked around during the warm-ups and skipper Virat Kohli even tried to imitate star pacer Jasprit Bumrah's bowling action.
The Indian captain imitated his frontline pacer's run-up and unconventional slingy action and even celebrated like Bumrah after the delivery.
New Zealand posted 239/8 on Wednesday, the reserve of their ICC World Cup semifinal against India here on Wednesday.
Resuming their innings at the overnight score of 211/5, the Kiwis lost wickets at regular intervals with Indian fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar maintaining extremely tight line and length.
Bhuvneshwar picked up two wickets while senior New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor was run out thanks to an accurate direct hit to the stumps by Ravindra Jadeja.
Taylor was the highest scorer for the Kiwis with a patient 74 off 90 deliveries. His wicket was the first to fall on Wednesday.
The New Zealand batsmen continued to try and slog it out, but Bhuvneshwar sent back Tom Latham and Matt Henry in the 49th over to put the brakes on the scoring rate.
On Tuesday, The ICC World Cup semifinal between India and New Zealand was suspended due to rain.
According to the rules of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for this tournament, the resumed on Wednesday at exactly the same position at which play was stopped due to rain on Tuesday.
Both semifinals and the final of the ongoing World Cup have a reserve day each. Wednesday is the officially designated reserve day for Tuesday's semifinal.
The fickle English weather has played spoilsport in several matches at this year's World Cup.
On Tuesday, New Zealand were struggling at 211/5 after 46.1 overs when the players and officials were forced to go off the field due to rain.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal bagged one wicket each.
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor posted half-centuries for New Zealand.
New Zealand captain Williamson scored 67 before being dismissed by Chahal. Taylor was unbeaten on 67.
The New Zealand innings was off to a slow start with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah bowling back to back maidens in the first two overs.
The first runs came after 16 balls - a single off Bhuvneshwar - and the Kiwis were 1/0 after the first three overs.
Bumrah struck in the very over as the dangerous Martin Guptill edged one to Virat Kohli in the slips.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bat first in their World Cup semifinal against India here on Tuesday.
The Kiwis have replaced Tim Southee with Lockie Ferguson.
News 24 Bureau
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