A high intensity clash is on cards as pre-tournament favourites India and New Zealand are all set to lock heads against each other in the first semi-final of the World Cup 2019 at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday.
As fans await to see India clash against New Zealand for the first time in the World Cup 2019, bad weather could play a spoilsport in the much awaited clash with downpour being predicted on Tuesday.
Weather forecast says, “variable cloud and light shower” are expected on July 11.
However, fans can breathe a sigh of relief as unlike the league matches where rain washed out 4 games to force the teams to share the points, the ICC has policy of a reserve day for both semi-finals and the final.
The group stage fixture between India and New Zealand got washed without a ball being bowled following which the two teams were allocated one point each.
Here is all you need to know about the rain-affeced match rules:
If the match is affected by rain on the scheduled day then it would be played on following day, which is the reserve day. However, if rain abandons the match on the reserve day as well, then the team with higher number of points in the league stage will qualify to the finals.
If a semi-final is tied then Super Over comes into play to determine a winner. But, if weather prevents the Super Over from being completed, it would be finished on the reserve day.
Both semi-finals have reserve days. If rain does not allow play after several overs on July 9, play will resume on July 10 for India and New Zealand. However, if the game is washed out, India will reach the final because they have more points than New Zealand.
Every required effort would be made to finish the game on the scheduled day. The Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method could also come to feature if it seems possible to decide a winner with revised overs and targets. However, even after doing so, the minimum number of overs necessary to constitute a match could not be bowled on the scheduled day, then the match would be continued on the reserve day.
If the overs are reduced due to any unforced interruption, the match would resume on the reserve day from the point where it was left on the scheduled day.