India is battling against New Zealand in the first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford in Manchester. The Men In Blue are eyeing their fourth World Cup final appearance while the Black Caps are hoping for a second consecutive summit clash appearance. While the fans were excited by some action-packed entertainment on the field, their happiness had water poured on it at the backend of the first innings as the weather gods intervened. As the players left the field, the 2015 World Cup finalists were 211/5 after the end of 46.1 overs.
All possible efforts were taken for the match to be played and for an ideal result, but it was not to be as the weather gods had other ideas. Now, the match will be played on the reserve day i.e. Wednesday. The kick-off time is at 10:30 AM local time and 3 PM IST. New Zealand will start playing from 46.1 overs and will bat the rest of 3.5 overs.
However, the news is not that good during the reserve day as well. As per the UK Met Office, the weather forecast is gloomy with occasional showers.
"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.
Hence, considering the entire scenario of rain interruption, let us understand these five important points in the ongoing semi-final between India and New Zealand.
1. Had the play resumed on Tuesday i.e, the originally scheduled day, then the Duckworth-Lewis system would have come into play and the number of overs would have been reduced.
2. When the match will resume again on Wednesday i.e. the reserve day, New Zealand innings will resume from where they had left off. It will also be an entire 50 overs contest unless the rain gods have other ideas.
3. The start time of the match will also be similar to that of the normal games. The contest will begin at 10:30 AM local time and 3 PM IST.
4. If rain makes its presence felt even on the reserve day, then the DLS method will come into picture during the Men In Blue's run chase. In such a scenario, here's what their revised target will be.
5. Even if the Virat Kohli-led side are unable to complete 20 overs of play on the reserve day, the winner will be decided on the basis of the maximum number of points in the group stages, In that case, India will go through to the World Cup final as they have 15 points while the Kiwis have 12.