Kohli, Williamson, World Cup semifinals, rain: From Kuala Lumpur 2008 to Manchester 2019

For Kohli and Williamson, Tuesday's World Cup 2019 semifinal is likely to bring back memories of 2008 when the two cricketers locked horns in the semifinal of the Under-19 World Cup.

Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson were leading their respective sides in the Under-19 World Cup.   -  getty images

India will take on New Zealand at Old Trafford in Manchester in the first semifinal of World Cup 2019 on Tuesday. The Virat Kohli-led side topped the points table after beating Sri Lanka in its final league game while New Zealand, fourth in the standings, pipped Pakistan into the last-four on the basis of higher Net Run Rate (NRR).

The India-New Zealand match in the group phase had to be abandoned due to rain in Nottingham and the teams would hope the weather gods relent this time.

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For Kohli and Williamson, Tuesday's semifinal is likely to bring back memories of 2008 when the two locked horns as captains in a semifinal of the Under-19 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur. India won that match by three wickets with Kohli scoring a 53-ball 43 and grabbing two wickets for just 27.

One of the wickets was Williamson's. The Kiwi captain was stumped off Kohli's bowling for 37. Incidentally, the U-19 semifinal was decided on the D/L method. Light showers are forecast for Manchester on Tuesday. Indian fans would be hoping for a repeat of the Kuala Lumpur outcome.

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