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T20 World Cup: No Reserve day for 2nd semifinal, match can be extended by 4 hrs

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Published: 20:31, 16 May 2024

T20 World Cup: No Reserve day for 2nd semifinal, match can be extended by 4 hrs

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) and Cricket West Indies (CWI) have allotted an additional time of 250 minutes for the second semifinal of the Twenty20 World Cup to ensure the match ends that day. There will be no receive day, however.

Following a Cricbuzz report about the possibility of the winner of the second semifinal playing the final very next day, it has been clarified to this website that an arrangement has been made to finish the game on the same day. Additional four hours have been allotted to the match so that the team will not have to play, travel and then play, back to back on consecutive days.

To clarify further, the first semifinal is in Trinidad on June 26 and it starts at 8.30 pm local time (6 AM next day India time). The organisers have allocated a reserved day for that game and should there be rain in Trinidad, the match will spill over to June 27.

The playing condition for the second semifinal in Guyana, though, is slightly different. It is scheduled to start at 10.30 AM local time on June 27 (8.30 PM India time) and the match will have to be finished on the same day. The ICC has allotted another 250 minutes for the game which means the umpires can wait for about eight hours to finish the Twenty20 match. June 28 will be the travel day and the final will be on June 29.

"All four teams have exactly the same opportunity to finish a game. For performance reasons, to ensure teams do not have to 'play, travel, play' on consecutive days, the decision was taken to allocate the additional time for the second semi-final immediately post the game because the game is a 10.30 AM start, whilst the first semi-final is an evening start, which means it is not feasible to pay all additional time on the same day. This also ensures that fans in the stadium have the best chance of seeing a result on the day," a source in the know has told this website.

As reported by this website, India are in line to play the second semifinal in Guyana. Finally, the most important point. Should there be an unlikely situation of a day-long rain in Guyana, who will win the match? As per the playing conditions, the team finishing higher in the Super Eight stage, will proceed.

Reserve Day Playing Conditions

13.6.1 All matches will consist of one innings per side, each innings being limited to a maximum of 20 overs. All matches shall be of one day's scheduled duration provided that participating countries in a series may agree to provide for a reserve day on which an incomplete match may be replayed or continued from the scheduled day.

13.6.2 If the match is to be continued on the reserve day, every effort shall be made to complete the match on the scheduled day with any necessary reduction in overs taking place and only if the minimum number of overs necessary to constitute a match cannot be bowled on the scheduled day will the match be completed on the reserve day.

13.6.3 If the match has started on the scheduled day and overs are subsequently reduced following an interruption, but no further play is possible, the match will resume on the reserve day under the same assumption that the last ball was played on the scheduled day.

Tie break rule

Clause 16.10.7 in the playing conditions:

a) If a Semi-Final is tied, the teams shall compete in a Super Over to determine which team progresses to the Final. Refer to clause 16.3.1.2 and Appendix F.

b) If following a tie, weather conditions prevent the Super Over from being completed, or if the match is abandoned or a no result, then the team that finished first in its Second Round Group will progress to the Final.

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