New Delhi: As rain halts play between India and New Zealand in the semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford, Manchester, what happens if the match is washed off? Or if either of the two teams is unable to play the full 50 overs?
Here are the different scenarios:
If the match is washed off
In the 47th over of New Zealand’s innings, players left the field as it started to drizzle and covers were pulled out.
If India and New Zealand fail to resume play, the match will be held again tomorrow. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has set aside reserve days for semi-finals and the final of the World Cup — it faced a lot of flak for not keeping the same provision for the league matches.
So, if the match is washed off today, it resumes tomorrow from where it was left off — New Zealand at 211/5, Overs 46.1.
If play resumes
If play does resume but playing 50 overs is not possible for both the teams, the Duckworth–Lewis–Stern (DLS) method comes into play, with targets revised according to the rules.
If reserve match washed off
If the reserve match, scheduled for July 10, is also washed off — there have been predictions of rain — the team with more points will qualify, which happens to be India.
India are currently at the top of the points table with 15 points, while NZ have 11.
Incidentally, the league match between India and New Zealand was also washed off due to rain, and the points were split equally between the two teams.
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