Manchester weather update for Wednesday: Rains likely to affect India vs New Zealand reserve day

New Zealand was batting on 211/5 when rains stopped play in the World Cup 2019 semifinal against India at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Rains affected play in the India-New Zealand World Cup 2019 semifinal at Old Trafford in Manchester.   -  GETTY IMAGES

The India vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 semifinal was halted by persistent showers in Manchester on Tuesday. The match has been deferred to the reserve day (Wednesday).

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The last World Cup to feature reserve days was the 2007 edition, in the West Indies, while they were also used the last time it was held in England, in 1999. Only two matches made use of it then; incidentally one of them was India, which eventually knocked England out.

However, the weather forecast for Wednesday does not look very promising. "Skies will often be cloudy through Wednesday, with further heavy showers at times. Some brighter interludes are possible between the showers though," according to reports.

If no play is possible on reserve day, India goes through to the Finals by virtue of being above New Zealand in the group stage.

The reserve day will be a continuation not a restart, assuming play commenced on the original match day. If no play was possible on the original planned match day, a full 50-over per team match will commence on the reserve day, weather permitting. A tied match will use a super over to determine the winner.

What if no play is possible on the Reserve Day?

If after the scheduled day and reserve day the semifinal match has still not reached a result, the higher-placed team from the league stage will progress to the final.

If there is no play possible on either the originally schedule day of the final, nor the reserve day, the World Cup will be shared by the two finalist teams.

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