In the first semifinal of the World Cup, New Zealand were 211 for five in the 46th over before rain stopped play at Old Trafford yesterday. New Zealand were on their way to a fighting total when it started drizzling and covers were brought on to cover the pitch and most part of the grounds. So what happens if the rain doesn’t stop?
Unlike the league matches, where rain washed out 4 games to force the teams to share the points, the ICC has policy of a reserve day for both semifinals and the final.
If the match is affected by rain on the scheduled day then it would be played on following day, which is the reserve day. However, if rain abandons the match on the reserve day as well, then the team with higher number of points in the league stage will qualify to the finals.
If a semifinal is tied, then Super Over comes into play to determine a winner. But, if weather prevents the Super Over from being completed, it would be finished on the reserve day.
Both semifinals have reserve days. If rain does not allow play after several overs on July 9, play will resume on July 10 for India and New Zealand. However, if the game is washed out, India will reach the final because they have more points than New Zealand.
Every required effort will be made to finish the game on the scheduled day. The Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method could also come to feature if it seems possible to decide a winner with revised overs and targets. However, even after doing so, the minimum number of overs necessary to constitute a match could not be bowled on the scheduled day, then the match would be continued on the reserve day.
If the overs are reduced due to any unforced interruption, the match would resume on the reserve day from the point where it was left on the scheduled day.