World Cup 2019 India-New Zealand Semifinal Weather Forecast: Rain Threatens To Play Spoilsport On Reserve Day Too

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While Indian bowlers did their job splendidly in the ICC World Cup's first Semifinal match (India Vs New Zealand) on Tuesday, restricting the Kiwis to 211/5 (46.5 overs), weather played spoilsport as play was suspended due to rain. The match will be resumed on Wednesday at 3:00 PM (IST), with New Zealand, first completing its batting innings facing the remaining 23 balls. But Weather seems to be lingering to play spoilsport on Wednesday too

Written By Suchitra Karthikeyan | Mumbai | Updated On:

While Indian bowlers did their job splendidly in the ICC World Cup's first Semifinal match (India Vs New Zealand) on Tuesday, restricting the Kiwis to 211/5 (46.5 overs), weather played spoilsport as play was suspended due to rain. The match will be resumed on Wednesday at 3:00 PM (IST), with New Zealand, first completing its batting innings facing the remaining 23 balls. But Weather seems to be lingering to play spoilsport on Wednesday too.

As per the UK Met Office, the weather forecast is gloomy with occasional showers.

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"Skies will be on the cloudy side for many today with outbreaks of rain at the time, mainly in the northern area. Generally drier to the southern areas with some brighter spells possible this afternoon. Feeling warm and humid, particularly in brighter spells. Maximum temperature 22 °C," says the UK Met Office.

Wednesday being the reserve day will first witness  New Zealand complete their 50-over innings and India will then complete their 50-over innings if there are favourable weather conditions. This may be interrupted due to rain.

What are the scenarios if rain interrupts play today?

  • India has to bat for at least 20 overs for Duckworth-Lewis System to kick-in, revising the targets for chasing based on the number of overs.
  • In case the play is not completed on Wednesday with the match being washed out, India will qualify for the final due to its higher score tally (15 points) compared to New Zealand (11 points) in the league stage. India also holds another advantage of having a higher run rate (+0.809) compared to New Zealand (+0.175)

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The journey so far

India:

The Men in Blue had a good run in the group stage of the tournament as they finished at the top of the table with just one loss from nine matches. With Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah in sublime form for the side since the last four games, India has marched ahead of the rest of the teams and secured a berth at the semi-finals. Rohit Sharma became the proud holder of the record of scoring the most number of centuries by a player in a World Cup edition with his fourth consecutive century against Sri Lanka, in addition to becoming the leading run-scorer (647) in this year's contest. On Tuesday, the Indian bowling side's exceptional spin aided in restricting the Kiwis to 211 for 5 after 46 overs.

New Zealand:

The Kiwis, on the other hand, qualified for the semi-finals after England put an end to Pakistan's qualifying dreams as they beat New Zealand in their final group stage match, allowing the Black Caps to proceed to the semi-finals as they had a higher net run-rate than that of Pakistan.

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