Rain forced the umpires to abandon the first ICC World Cup semifinal between New Zealand and India at Old Trafford, Manchester on Tuesday, forcing the organisers to use the reserve day Wednesday to complete the match.
But while the weather gave New Zealand temporary reprieve they will unlikely not get any favours from a well oiled India, who had them struggling at 211 for five with just 3.5 overs left in their innings when the weather intervened.
Veteran Ross Taylor was unbeaten on 67 and trying to hold on with the tailenders to give his team a fighting chance before the heavens opened and forced the players off the field never to return.
Captain Kane Williamson also hit 67 in the Kiwis total but no one else put their hands up against tight bowling from the India attack led by Jasprit Bumrah.
The teams will return Wednesday with Taylor likely switching to T20 mode to squeeze as many runs in as possible.
Bumrah had figures of one wicket for 25 runs off eight overs at the time of the stoppage.
If the weather is still a factor Wednesday and there is no result, India would advance by virtue of topping the group standings.
The winner plays England or Australia, who play at Edgbaston on Thursday, in the final at Lord's on Sunday.
NEW ZEALAND 211-5 (46.1) (Ross Taylor 67*, Kane Williamson 67, Jasprit Bumrah 1/30) v INDIA
Result: Match to resume Wednesday