After the heavy rain interrupted the first semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019 between India vs New Zealand, a second day for the match is decided for the result as well as to determine the first semi-finalist winner.
On Tuesday’s playoff between both, the teams at Old Trafford in Manchester was stopped by the intermittent rain.
At the time when the match was called- off, New Zealand was at 211 scores against India in 46.1 overs, as they choose to bat first. Ross Taylor is batting on 67 and Tom Latham on the other hand at 3 on the other end.
The teams are going to return on Wednesday (July 10) – the reserve day selected for the first semi-final – for a full 50 overs a side match. The Black Caps are going to start again their innings from where they left off.
On the other hand, the forecast for Wednesday weather doesn’t promise the complete clear skies one or the other hand. The day is going to be mostly cloudy. As per to the British MET department, the forecast for Northwest England for Wednesday is “Skies will be on the cloudy side for many today with outbreaks of rain at times, mainly in the north”.
Also, if we take a look at the rain rules of the International Cricket Council (ICC), if there is no match possible even on the reserve match day then there will be no winner determined and only the higher placed team from the league stage is going to move forward to the ICC World Cup 2019 finale. In the meantime, as we all know that India finished on top of the points table, so in case of no play on Wednesday due to bad weather then Virat Kohli and his team are going to proceed to the final.
- Semi final 1: India vs New Zealand at Old Trafford – Wednesday 10th July (10.30am BST start time)
- Semi final 2: England vs Australia at Edgbaston – Friday 12th July (10.30am BST start time)
- Final: Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2 at Lord’s – Monday 15th July (10.30am BST start time)
With the rain unrelenting, play has been called off for the day. New Zealand will resume their innings tomorrow at 10.30am on 211/5 with 3.5 overs to bat.
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 9, 2019
So the two-day international semi- finals to resume tomorrow. India will be happy with this compared to a curtailed game. #IndvNZ
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 9, 2019
Play called off for today as this notice makes clear. Play resumes tomorrow. New Zealand will continue their innings and it will be a 50-over affair pic.twitter.com/k03SZJktSB
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) July 9, 2019
My reading of the situation – NZ have read this pitch as excruciatingly slow and reckon chasing team may find it even more difficult. So being pragmatic and not aiming too high. #ICCCWC2019
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 9, 2019
On the other hand, taking the second case in consideration, if a full 100 over match is possible and the D/L method doesn’t come into the equation, then also it will lead advantage to Team India, as we had seen on Tuesday’s match that New Zealand has been struggling to score against the Indian bowlers.
At last, in case of the match ending up a tie, the match result will be then decided by a Super Over.
Though, there is some good news from Manchester as the morning has been cloudy but deprived of any sign of rain so far. But on the other hand, the weather forecast for the whole Wednesday still does not look as promising.
The weather prediction says that there will be clouds and rain along with chances of showers hovering about 20 percent at the moment. To give you some framework, the possibility of rain on Tuesday was about 40 to 50 percent.
Weather forecast site Accuweather states that the skies are going to remain overcast through most of the day, with the predicted spell of showers for 12 pm local time (4:30 pm IST) as well as 5 pm local time (9:30 pm IST).
However, whatever will be the weather on Wednesday, the result will get decided for sure with most of the winning possibility seems to be on India’s hand.