What if India vs New Zealand semi-final gets washed out
Indian cricket fans are eagerly waiting to witness one heck of virtual semi-final clash between India and New Zealand but dark clouds loom large as the torrential downpour might play a spoilsport at Old Trafford cricket stadium, as predicted by the weather department.
If the match is washed out on Tuesday, it will be played on the next day, known as the ‘reserve day’ according to ICC rules and regulations.
Unluckily, the weather forecast for the ‘reserve day’ indicates possible showers with overcast conditions. Even if the match is washed out on the reserve day, then India will automatically qualify for the finals considering that they have higher number of points in the group stages of the tournament.
The league stage match between India and New Zealand got washed out also. The two teams played each other in the warm-up fixtures with New Zealand pace bowling brigade ripping through the defence of the Indian batting order.
Just in case if heavy showers come to a close within a certain period of time then the Duckworth-Lewis method comes into play with immediate effect.
In the process, one or both the teams wouldn’t chance to bat the whole quota of 50 overs as both balls and target is revised.
After topping the World Cup 2019 points table with a convincing seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Saturday, Virat Kohli & Co have already shown signs that they are ready to take on New Zealand. India earned 15 points in the table.
On the other end of the spectrum, New Zealand have found themselves in a problematic position as they faced three defeats and are now placed fourth in the table with 11 points.
Despite possessing all good records, India wouldn’t take New Zealand lightly as the Men in Blue were rattled by New Zealand during their warm-up fixture.