27 Jun 2024

ICC T-20 World Cup 2024: Will India-England Semi-Final Be Possible? Rain Lashes Guyana; check latest updates

Team India is set to face England in the semi-final of the ICC T-20 World Cup 2024 today at Providence Stadium in Guyana. However, rain is currently pouring down in Guyana. Match will begin at 8 PM IST.

There is a 75% chance of rain even at the match's scheduled start time, and there is no reserve day. If the match is canceled, Team India will advance to the final as the group topper in the Super-8 round, while England, being second in their group, will be at a disadvantage.

The defending champions England managed to scrape through to the semi-final after facing threat of elimination in the group stages itself. They also lost to South Africa in the Super 8s and hence are not the favourites against India which are one of the only two unbeaten sides in the tournament. 

Though there is no reserve day for the semi-final, 250 minutes of extra time has been allocated. This means if the rain pauses, the match can still be completed.

The India-England match is scheduled to start at 10:30 am Guyana local time (8 PM IST). With the added extra time of approximately 4.5 hours, the window for completing the match extends until 6 or 7 pm Guyana time.

At Least 10 Overs Each Required

In T-20 matches, at least 5 overs each are necessary in both innings to determine a result using the DLS method. However, according to ICC rules, a minimum of 10 overs each is required in the semi-finals and finals for the DLS method to be applicable.

This means that if it rains today, 10 overs per side are necessary to achieve a result. It typically takes 50 to 60 minutes to bowl 10 overs in an innings. Therefore, if there are at least 2 hours of playtime available in Guyana, the semi-final can be completed.

Match not likely to commence at the scheduled time

According to AccuWeather, there is a 75% chance of rain in Guyana today. The chance of rain is 40% at 9 am local time, 66% at 10 am, 75% at 11 am, and 50% at 12 noon. Given that the match is set to start at 10:30 am, there is more than a 50% chance of rain in the first three hours. If the forecast holds true, the match might not commence at the scheduled time.

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