The semi-final match between India and New Zealand of ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC), 2019 was called off for the day after New Zealand batted 46.1 overs and made 211/5. The match started on time yesterday, however, due to dark clouds the rain was expected to come down in Manchester. The semi-final 1 between India and New Zealand is taking place at Old Trafford Cricket Ground. It started off with light shower but eventually got heavier as the day progressed. Fans were irritated as they rain kept them waiting for four hours as the official announcement of the day being called off was made late at around 6:15 pm local time. Luckily, ICC has kept reserve day for semi-finals and final in CWC 2019, therefore the match will continue from where it stopped yesterday. Stay tuned, with LatestLY for hour by hour update on weather report and rain forecast from Manchester where the first semi-final match of IND vs NZ will continue. India Will Qualify for Final If Reserve Day of IND vs NZ CWC 2019 Semi-Final is Washed Out; Manchester Weather Holds Key.
As per the reports of accuweather.com, the situation will be worse than yesterday as more rains are expected to come down. Today there will be more clouds and a heavy spell of showers will pour down at 12 PM local time. Even in the evening, it will be raining and unfortunately, there are chances of the match getting called off on the reserve day too. India vs New Zealand 2019 ICC CWC Semi-Finals Play Called off for the Day Due to Rains; Fans Flood Twitter With Funny Memes and Jokes.
Weather at Manchester
Good news for Indian fan is that, if the match gets abandoned on the reserve day, India will qualify for the final, as Men in Blue finished with more points than Kiwis in the group stage. But we will want the match to happen and see India earn their victory. The minimum requirement for the match to take place is of 20 overs, where the target will be set as per Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method. Total four matches have been abandoned so far in CWC 2019, which indeed affected teams in their semi-final qualification.
source – Latestly