India vs New Zealand weather, World Cup semi-finals 2019: India is all set to take on New Zealand in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019 on July 9, 2019 at Old Trafford, Manchester. The gloomy part for the fans is that the Manchester weather forecast for Tuesday, the day of India vs New Zealand clash predicts light showers. There is more than 50 percent chance of rain interrupting play.
This is not the first time that India’s match is under the rain threat. The India vs New Zealand league-phase match was abandoned due to rain without a ball being bowled and the two teams had to share one point each. India’s match against Pakistan at Old Trafford, Manchester was also affected by rain multiple times and 10 overs were reduced during Pakistan’s batting under DLS method.
Manchester updated weather forecast: Rain expected to affect play
What happens if India vs New Zealand semi-final match gets washed out?
India vs New Zealand weather: The India vs New Zealand weather forecast predicts light showers in the morning and during the day. The UK Met department has predicted dark cloud cover at Old Trafford, Manchester and it is likely to rain at different intervals during the day on July 9. However, unlike league matches where the matches were abandoned and points were shared, the International Cricket Council has kept a reserve day for the semi-final matches.
What is a reserve day?
Reserve day is an extra day included by the ICC in the world cup schedule for the knockout stage The reserve day is kept so that in case the match is unable to take place on the scheduled day then it can be played on the reserve day. The reserve day is included in the world cup schedule to give a fair chance to the teams playing in the semi-finals.
Why are there no reserve days for World Cup group stage matches?
The ICC faced a lot of criticism for not keeping reserve days for group stage matches, especially after the rain washed away four group stage matches. However, keeping reserve days for the group stage is not practically feasible given the long duration of the tournament.
Two scenarios if India vs New Zealand semi-final match gets washed out:-
1. If India vs New Zealand semi-final match gets affected by rain tomorrow then the two teams will pick up from where they left off on Tuesday and begin their play on Wednesday, the reserve day. However, Manchester weather forecast for Wednesday also predicts rainy spells.
2. If the India vs New Zealand semi-final fails to take place on Wednesday as well then the match will be washed out and India will automatically qualify for the finals on the basis of their points.
How will India qualify directly into the World Cup final if India vs New Zealand semi-final gets washed out?
If the India vs New Zealand semi-final gets washed out then the finalist will be decided on the basis of their total points. India is ranked at the top of the world cup points table with 15 points, while New Zealand is ranked fourth with 11 points.
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