There was nothing unusual about the Black Caps strolling out to the middle at 10.30am to play in a Cricket World Cup semifinal. They'd done it seven times before. No, the unusual part was that this was day two of their one-day international. Rain at Old Trafford in Manchester had pushed their semifinal against India to a reserve day, and the Black Caps were left to deal with some bizarre circumstances, resuming their innings at 211-5. It was, as it so happened, a historic start to what would be a historic day.

Ross Taylor (Black Caps batsman): We were thinking