India vs New Zealand: Rain may play spoil sport; here’s what will happen in case of a washout

All eyes of cricket fans are on Old Trafford as the semi-final between India vs New Zealand will resume on Wednesday after rain forced the match to go into the reserve day.

The play was halted by rain at 6:30 pm IST. New Zealand batting first had posted 211/5 in 46.1 overs when rain stopped play in Manchester.

After waiting for more than four hours off the field, the umpires eventually decided there was no prospect of even a 20 overs per side match — the minimum required under the Duckworth-Lewis method for rain-affected matches — being completed on Tuesday and they abandoned play for the day at 10:50 pm IST.

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The match, which remains a 50 overs per side contest, will now resume at 3:00 pm IST, weather permitting, with New Zealand on what will be their overnight score of 211-5, with Ross Taylor 67 not out and Tom Latham unbeaten on three.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF MATCH DOES NOT HAPPEN ON RESERVED DAY AS WELL?

As the weather forecast on Wednesday does not look promising and reserved day also washout then the team with higher points from the league stage will automatically qualify for the final. This means table toppers, India, with 15 points will reach the final if rain does not allow the semi-final to be completed on the reserve day.

India, Australia, England and New Zealand qualified for the World Cup 2019 semi-finals. Australia and England will face-off in Birmingham in the second semi-final on Thursday.

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