India vs New Zealand made headlines two times in the ongoing World Cup. First, when the Kiwis gave ‘favourites’ ‘Men in Blue’ a jolt by running through the famed batting line-up in the warm-up encounter and later when their match in the tournament led to intense fury against the International Cricket Council (ICC) after it got washed away due to rain. However, it’s their third face-off which is the most important, the decider to who makes it to the final of the quadrennial event. With their previous encounter being abandoned and the semis venue, Manchester, where rain gave a scare multiple times in the India-Pakistan clash, and weather forecast, it’s important to understand what will happen if the first semi-final gets abandoned due to rain.
If rain plays spoilsport again, there is no need to worry as the ICC has provided a reserve day. The match will resume the next day, Wednesday, at the same venue.
However, if it rains again on Wednesday, as was evident when India-Sri Lanka shared Champions Trophy 2002 after back-to-back days' washouts, there’s a need to worry as one team has to move to the semis.
In that case, India will move to the final because they finished higher in the group stage, 1st, as compared to New Zealand's 4th. One of the best ODI matches of all time, the Australia-South Africa tie in the 1999 semi-final, had also been decided in the same way. The Aussies had finished 2nd in the Super Six and the Proteas were third.
Coming to the weather forecast, as per reports, the British MET department has predicted ‘cloudier skies’ and chances of ‘showery rains’ developing in Manchester on Tuesday. The department forecast 50 per cent chances of rain at 10 am local time, the time for the start of the match, while the skies are expected to clear after 1 pm.
However, the good news is that since the India vs New Zealand game got washed out, even the rain gods seem to be having some mercy on cricket fans as there have been no washouts since then. Even in Manchester, the India-West India clash and the last game of the Round Robin stage, South Africa-Australia were completed without any hassle.
Even during the India-Pakistan clash, the weather forecasts hadn't spelt good news, but luckily the weather gods were kind.