Manchester weather today: Rains stay away as New Zealand beats India to reach finals

Manchester Weather Live Updates, India vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 Semifinal reserve day: As India and New Zealand meet at Old Trafford, we bring you the latest rain updates.

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Gloomy skies greeted Manchester on Wednesday morning.   -  K.C. Vijaya Kumar

New Zealand have edged past India in a thrilling finish to make it to the finals of World Cup 2019. Matt Henry and Hardik Pandya were brilliant with the new ball and they held their nerve in a nerve wracking finish which saw Jadeja and Dhoni fall short of what was promising to be an inspiring run-chase. That would be all from our side. Thanks for joining us. Night!

Right, India are struggling with the bat. It has gone dark in Manchester. Remember, showers are forecast after 1 pm local time.

The Black Caps have left for the venue. Bit of blue breaking through the clouds there! Now live images have started coming in. The hovercraft's off the 22 yards. Most importantly, we can see the sun!

It's looking good for an on-time start. Here's the latest on what to expect in Manchester today| It is likely to remain dry with some sunshine. Cloud increasing though during morning then fairly cloudy afternoon and early evening. Looks like staying mainly dry."

As we await further updates, the Old Trafford pitch has drawn flak from former cricketers for its sluggish nature, with former England Test cricketer Mark Butcher going to the extent of terming the pitches at the ongoing World Cup as “garbage“| Waugh, Butcher, Fowler slam sub-standard Old Trafford pitch

More promising news! K.C.V. pings from Manchester: "Overcast skies but no rains"

Some promising news... There's no more than 20 per cent chance of a few spots of light rain or drizzle from around 1pm... (5:30 PM IST). The heavy showers are expected to arrive overnight.

Here's how the morning is likely to shape up in the lead up to today's match

Courtesy: Accuweather

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.

Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar had earlier said that ECB’s lack of preparation for rain was “totally unacceptable”| Gavaskar slams ECB for lack of preparation for rain

The India vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 semifinal was halted by rain on Tuesday. Although the knockout matches, unlike the group phase games, have been assigned reserve days, the possibility of the contest moving into Wednesday brought memories of the 2002 Champions Trophy, when India and Sri Lanka were declared joint winners after inclement weather made it impossible for action to start on the original and reserve day| When India and Sri Lanka shared the Champions Trophy after washout

The Indian national cricket team's match against New Zealand at Trent Bridge was the fourth match of World Cup 2019 to be abandoned so far, and the third to be called off without a ball being bowled.

This has already surpassed the previous highest number of washed-out matches in a World Cup - two in 1992 and 2003.

Wednesday’s scenario, India’s prospects| New Zealand will resume its innings and finish the remaining quota of 50 overs before India launches its pursuit in the World Cup semifinal at Old Trafford. However, rain is forecast for Wednesday and in the event of the game not lasting the distance either as a full match or as a truncated venture, the Men in Blue will qualify for the final based on their superior position in the league table. India is placed on top with 15 points while New Zealand (11) occupies the fourth spot.

Oh and while we wait with bated breath for the latest updates from Manchester, where it's currently 1:41 am, just want to fill you guys on something. The World Meteorological Organization has said 2019 was on track to be among the world’s hottest years, and that 2015-2019 would then be the hottest five-year period on record. Go figure!

Wondering what the ICC's policy on refunds is? We have you covered!| If the match is abandoned without a ball being bowled, then you will get our money back. It is still a full refund if the match lasts for only 15 overs or less; between 15.1 and 29.5 overs of play, then 50 per cent of the ticket price will be returned.

When are the reserve days?

India vs New Zealand at Old Trafford – Wednesday 10th July

England vs Australia at Edgbaston – Friday 12th July

Final: at Lord’s – Monday 15th July

 

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.

Did you know| 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.

Old Trafford’s dry pitch was on the slower side and the Men in Blue restricted the Black Caps to 211 for five in 46.1 overs when a steady drizzle gained strength and forced umpires Richard Illingworth and Richard Kettleborough to stop play at 2 p.m. local time.

The rains that wavered between the feathery drops and the insistent pitter-patter, continued unabated till 4.15 p.m. when the sun grudgingly peeped out.

While the match officials hoped for an extended dry phase so that India could commence an abridged chase with a revised target based on the DLS method, a fresh wet spell just as the umpires were inspecting the turf at 6.10 p.m., affected revival plans and it was decided to resume the face-off on Wednesday, which is the reserve day.

IND v NZ| Scorecard and commentary

How does DLS work?

With wet weather expected to affect Tuesday's semifinal match, the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method could come to feature prominently.

When a match is interrupted by inclement weather, and one or both teams do not get their full quota of overs, an outcome has to be reached in the time available after resumption of play.

What any calculation is doing is trying to adjust a target score according to the reduction in overs. Any number is an estimate: there is no one right answer. What the ICC has tried to do is arrive at a formula that takes into account as many parameters as possible and properly reflects the efforts of both teams.

The DLS method, which has been updated a few times, is generally considered the most accurate system used in international cricket.

 

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE updates and hourly weather predictions from Manchester, where India and New Zealand will lock horns in the Cricket World Cup 2019 semifinal at Old Trafford.