The first semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 entered record books as it became the first-ever knockout match in entire World Cup history to enter the reserve day.
Rain played spoilsport on Tuesday (July 9) in the big-ticket semi-final between India and New Zealand as players were forced to leave the field at the Old Trafford in Manchester in the 47th over of the first innings.
Steady drizzle relentlessly continued and the match officials were forced to call off play on Tuesday.
The match will now continue at the same time, 9:30 AM GMT (3 PM IST) on Wednesday. New Zealand thus will continue their innings at 211 for 5 in 46.1 overs if there is no further rain delay on the reserve day.
According to AccuWeather, the chances of rain will be around 40 percent at the start of the game on Wednesday. It will soon cross the 50 percent mark but will gradually decrease and would hover between in the 30s. The cloud cover will be in the 60s but will increase gradually and will be in 90s as the game wears on.
The Duckworth-Lewis and Stern (DLS) method will come into play if there are rain interruptions on the reserve day.
However, if reserve day’s play is also washed out, India will go through to the final because of finishing above New Zealand in the league stage. India will have to play at least 20 overs for a result.
Here are more details of Manchester’s Weather: