Cricket World Cup 2019: Rain set to hamper Blackcaps' semi-final against India

Rain could play a significant role in the Blackcaps' Cricket World Cup semi-final against India in Manchester on Tuesday.

Roughly 12 hours out from the match, the local Met Service is predicting showers - some heavy - in the early hours of Tuesday morning, but they're expected to clear before the game, which begins at 10.30am local time (9.30pm NZT).

But there is a 50 percent chance of rain between 11am-1pm, increasing to 60 percent at 3pm.

Four matches were washed out by rain during the round-robin stage, including the Blackcaps' match against India in Nottingham.

But for the semi-finals, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has implemented a reserve day.

According to the ICC's website, if rain persists for the entire day and the game is washed out, the match will then be played the following day (Wednesday), known as the reserve day.

"Where possible, the matches will be held on their originally planned day and in the event of poor weather, there are a range of steps taken to be able to finish the match that day," reads the ICC's guide to World Cup semi-finals.

"For example, reducing the number of overs down to a minimum of 20 overs per team needed to achieve a result.

"If there is still no result on the scheduled match day, play will continue on the reserve day, using the same start time and hours of play as the scheduled match day.

The weather outlook for Manchester on Tuesday.
The weather outlook for Manchester on Tuesday. Photo credit: Manchester Met Service

"The reserve day will be a continuation, not a restart, assuming play commenced on the original match day, meaning the score from the original match day will be carried through to the reserve day."

"If no play was possible on the original planned match day, a full 50-over per team match will commence on the reserve day, weather permitting.

"A tied match will use a super over to determine the winner."

The weather is expected to clear on Wednesday, but if no play can be completed across both days, India would advance to the final, as the higher-ranked team through the round-robin stages of the tournament.

With patches of rain forecast, a match is expected to be complete on Tuesday, but it may be shorted, with the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method playing its part.

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