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Semi Final Reserve Day: Advantage India or New Zealand?

10-07-201910-07-2019 12:33:41 IST
2019-07-10T07:03:41.334Z10-07-2019 2019-07-10T07:03:29.172Z - - 17-07-2019

Semi Final Reserve Day: Advantage India or New Zealand?


After 46.1 overs of play, heavy showers brought the New Zealand innings to a halt at 211-5 with Ross Taylor at 67* and Tom Latham at 3*. India who outperformed the Kiwis throughout the day would have wanted to finish the match right when they had the rhythm going on. However, with the play going into the reserve day, it will be interesting to see if New Zealand can pull up their game. With a forecast of rain and overcast conditions predicted today as well, India will vary of a potent New Zealand pace attack with Boult, Ferguson, and Grandhomme being in prime form.


What is a reserve day?

A reserve day is a spare day kept for the game to continue in case the weather doesn't permit the game to be finished on the scheduled day. ICC permits the use of a reserve day only in case of knockout games. 


What if the reserve day also gets washed out?

In case it rains today as well, India will directly qualify for the finals as they finished on top of the table with more points than New Zealand. In case both teams had the same points, NRR would have decided who goes to the final.


Will the game restart on reserve day?

No, the game will resume from the point it was stopped due to rain. This means that when Taylor and Latham take the field today, the scorecard will read NZ 211-5 from 46.1 overs. 

Who has the advantage between India and New Zealand?

If India gets to bat for the full quota of 50 overs chasing, they would definitely be in the stronger position as  New Zealand has only 3 overs to ramp up their run rate and would finish close to 250 even if they get 10 an over here on. 

However, if the overs get reduced and a target is set as per Duckworth Lewis method in the event of more rain, New Zealand will gain some advantage. The lesser overs India gets to bat, the run rate will go comparatively higher and with an in-form bowling attack, New Zealand will definitely fancy their chances especially in the overcast conditions as chasing close to 5ish an over would be challenging in the conditions even for an in form Indian batting.


Sharat Bhamidi

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