These 2 teams will play the T20 WC final if both semi-finals get washed out due to rain
The ongoing T20 World Cup has produced some mouthwatering contests so far. Some games ended with unexpected finishes, while some players gave their fans brilliant performances. And after almost four weeks of cricket, we have our four teams that will compete in the final round.
The knockout stage will have two semi-finals on November 9 and 10, respectively. After finishing Group 1 at the top, New Zealand became the first team to qualify for the semis. Then, after winning their last game against Sri Lanka, Jos Buttler's England edged past Australia to become the second team from that group.
On the other hand, India, who were the favorites from their group, ended as the table toppers with four wins out of five. But the surprise came when the Netherlands beat South Africa to help Pakistan qualify for the knockout stage. Thus, the Men in Green were lucky to be the second team for the semis.
Now, India will take on England on Thursday in Adelaide, while before that, New Zealand will lock horns against Pakistan on Wednesday in Sydney. But one thing that has certainly caused some concern during this tournament is the rain.
Notably, rain has led three games to end without a result. However, those games were scheduled at the Melnourne, but speaking of the venues that will host the semi-finals, those venues have also had some rain-interrupted games in the tournament.
The group match between India and Bangladesh at the Adelaide Oval on November 2 had multiple rain interruptions, while the match between Pakistan and South Africa at the SCG was another game with multiple rain interruptions. So what will happen if the semi-finals get washed out?
Notably, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has kept a reserve day for the semi-final and final games. In case a semi-final game gets washed out on the scheduled day, it will start from the same point on the reserve day.
But the interesting fact is that if it will be raining continuously and play can't be possible on both days (including reserve day), then the team that finished on top in their group will by default qualify for the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
That means if both games between India vs England and New Zealand vs Pakistan get washed out, India and New Zealand will automatically qualify for the final of the tournament. And if the final gets rained out, then both finalists will be announced as joint winners and will share the trophy.