Sorry for being a buzz killer but the weather forecast says that rain might play a spoilsport with heavy rains today. While you folks can expect a high-intensity contest if the match is played at all in the first place. But, If the match is washed out today, it will be played on the following day, which is the ‘reserve day’. Unlike the group stage fixtures where a point is allotted to both the sides in case of a washout, ICC has a reserve day for both semi-finals and finals. Unfortunately, the weather forecast for the ‘reserve day’ also shows showers along with overcast conditions. But you can never predict the London weather.
If the match is washed out on the reserve day too then India will automatically qualify for the finals courtesy of accumulating the higher number of points in the group stages. So, if it rains today in Manchester, Indian fans will be praying for it to rain heavy tomorrow, which will turn into an easy win for the Indian cricket team. Is it that easy? No. If the rain stops within a given period of time then the DLS method comes into play. One or both the teams may not get to bat the 50 overs as both balls and the target is revised after taking the ongoing situation into consideration. The two sides played each other in the warm-up matches with Kiwi pace battery rattling the Indian batting order.
Despite leading the table, the Men in Blue won’t make the mistake to take their opponent’s lightly. Spearheaded by the Trent Boult, the Kiwi pace battery has already rattled the Indian batting unit during their warm-up fixture. Kane Williamson, New Zealand skipper and his men, on the other hand, will go into the contest on the back of three consecutive defeats and would look to return winning ways when they take on India in the first semi-final at Old Trafford, Manchester.
May the best team win!
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