At the fag end of New Zealand’s innings in the first semi-final clash of the ICC World Cup 2019 against India, the scenes looked grim as skies opened up only to see spectators and players witnessing a heavy downpour. On Tuesday, the intermittent rain has further suspended the play which will begin in a couple of hours on its reserve day. However, despite the overcast conditions, the weather forecast is pretty much promising for Wednesday.
At that particular situation when rain stopped play, Ross Taylor, who upped the ante which also saw Kiwis posting 211 for five in 46.1 overs. Taylor will resume his innings after scoring 85-ball 67. On the other hand, Tom Latham has faced four deliveries for three runs.
Earlier, Kane Williamson-led side won the toss and opted to bat first. Indian bowlers had kept things tight. Hence, it urther saw them picking wickets at the regular intervals by not letting Kiwis batsmen go off the hook.
With light showers expected in the early morning, the hourly prediction is not reflecting anything much, which could possibly halt the game. But again, English weather has been unpredictable this summer with ODI showpiece going on.
Earlier, in the league stage fixtures, at least four games were affected by rain.
Around 4:00 PM, the prediction of light showers increase further. However, there’re slim chances of any heavy rain.
Weather Report, Manchester:
The precipitation is recorded between 20-35 per cent. Besides, it further exceeds 45 per cent before things clear a bit in between in the noon.
Despite a cloudy day, the game will begin at 3:00 PM (10:30 BST).
The temperature will hover around 22 degrees Celcius with the minimum temperature reading as 15 degrees. By going this, it’s an enticing atmosphere for the marquee clash.
Meanwhile, if the rain will interrupt the game again, then the Duckworth Lewis (DLS) method will be introduced in the semi-final. Also, if the rain will play spoilsport throughout the reserve day, then on the basis on most wins in the league stage, India will face either Australia or England in the finale at Lord’s on July 14.