India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 semifinal: India will reach final in case of washout

In the event of the game not lasting the distance either as a full match or as a truncated venture, India will qualify for the final based on their superior position in the league table.

India skipper Virat Kohli gestures during the first semifinal against New Zealand.   -  AFP

The first semifinal is all set to resume at Old Trafford on Wednesday after the game was pushed to the reserve day, due to rain on Tuesday. Although it promises to be bright and sunny there are chances of rain.

In the event of the game not lasting the distance either as a full match or as a truncated venture, the Virat Kohli-led side 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.

New Zealand will resume its innings and finish the remaining quota of 50 overs before India launches its pursuit for a place in the World Cup final.

How does DLS work?

With wet weather expected to affect Wednesday'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.