Desk. The weather has played its part during the league stage of the ICC World Cup 2019 in England & Wales and it continues to remain integral to the teams’ hopes of taking the final step and reach the final at Lord’s. The semi-final between India and New Zealand on Tuesday saw the Men in Blue putting in an impressive performance to limit the Kiwis to 211/5 in 46.1 overs at Old Trafford in Manchester but persistent rain prevented the match from being completed.
With a reserve day in place, however, the match will continue on Wednesday from the same spot and Bhuvneshwar Kumar would look to bowl the remaining five balls to complete his ninth over. The fans, however, would hope for the skies to remain clear this time as in case of another washout, the result of the match would need to be concluded on theoretical parameters.
1. Had the rain stopped on Tuesday, the India – New Zealand match would’ve been completed with reduced overs, just like a normal ODI match, with the Duckworth-Lewis system coming into the picture.
2. The reserve day, however, will start off from the same spot as the Kiwis would resume innings from 211/5, with the second delivery of the 47th over being bowled at the start. It would be a 50-over-a-side encounter unless rain plays spoilsport again.
3. The start time of the match would remain 10:30 AM local time, which translates to 3:00 PM IST as has been the case with all the day matches in the World Cup so far.
4. If the Reserve Day gets affected by rain, India would get a revised total, based on the DLS system. The figures would be on the lines of:
- 46 overs will be 237
- 40 overs will be 223
- 35 overs will be 209
- 30 overs will be 192
- 25 overs will be 172
- 20 overs will be 148
5. In case of a revised target, if India fail to even complete 20 overs of play on Wednesday, the name of the finalist will be decided on the basis of points accumulated in the league stage. In such a scenario, the Indian team would go through, having topped the round with 15 points in 9 matches.