India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 Manchester weather update: What happens if the semifinal gets washed out

The India vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 semifinal has a reserve day (Wednesday) but incidentally, heavy showers have been forecast

Light showers have been forecast for India vs New Zealand semifinal match day at Old Trafford in Manchester.   -  getty images

India's World Cup 2019 semifinal against New Zealand in Manchester on Tuesday is likely to be interrupted by rain, with light showers forecast for match day.

According to the British Met Department, reports, Tuesday will likely be a cloudy, with spells of light showers. Incidentally the league phase encounter between the two sides in Nottingham was called off due to rain.

But unlike the group stage, the semifinals and the final have a reserve day each. But the weather forecast for Wednesday (reserve day for India vs New Zealand semifinal) doesn't look promising either with "rather extensive rain" expected to persist along with generally overcast conditions.

In the event of play being interrupted on Tuesday, teams will resume action the next day. But if it's a washout on both days, then India qualifies for the final on the basis of having garnered more points (15) than New Zealand (11) in the league stage.

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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.