Here we are heading into the reserve day for India vs New Zealand 1 Semi-Final at Old Trafford. The news in the center is not good for the cricket fans as there is a chance of more rain for the reserve day.
Earlier, yesterday New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. Indian bowlers performed well in the rain-affected match. New Zealand scored 211 runs for the loss of five wickets in 46.1 overs when rain ruined the show. Match was immediately stopped and players went off the field. It never got dry enough to start the proceeding so finally the day’s game was called off.
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The game is now supposed to resume at 10:30am GMT local time. According to local media the weather conditions don’t look favorable and it may pour today as well. The local media reports say:
“Skies will often be cloudy through Wednesday, with further heavy showers at times. Some brighter interludes are possible between the showers though.”
If weather clears the play would resume where it was halted yesterday and a full match would go as planned. New Zealand will complete the quota of 5o overs before India completes theirs. Depending on the weather conditions the game may be reduced to minimum of 20 overs. In that case a revised total would put forward for India to chase according to DLS method.
According to the International Cricket Council, India have to bat for at least 20 overs for the match to be completed. If after the reserve day the match has still not reached a result, India will progress to the final given their higher finishing position in the group stage.
This is going to be disappointing for the fans if full match is not played. However, the rules are defined by ICC so in case of no play India will meet either England or Australia at Lord’s on Sunday.
Your with us your thoughts on the match situation and placement of reserve days for inclement weather.