Women’s T20 World Cup: Reserve day? Everything you need to know about India vs Australia final

India’s entry into the finals via a rain-affected free pass in the semi-finals against England sparked controversy. While the semi-final between England and India was canceled due to rain, the Harmanpreet Kaur-led Indian side progressed to the final on their superior group stage record.

In the absence of reserve days, ICC regulations dictated that in the event of a semi-final washout, the winners of each group automatically go through to the final in Melbourne on Sunday.

In the second semi-final at the same venue, hosts Australia beat South Africa under the Duckworth-Lewis system after rain delayed the start of their match.

India and Australia are into the Women’s T20 World Cup final, ensuring the tournament started and will end with matches between these two countries. The final on Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground coincides with International Women’s Day.

Now, the big question which remains to be answered is, what happens if the big final gets washed out on Sunday?

Well, unlike the semi-finals a reserve day has been scheduled on Monday for the final. Effectively, if rain interrupts play on Sunday, officials will start to reduce overs (a minimum of 10 overs per team is required to constitute a match) before resorting to bringing back both teams on Monday.

However if that same match did not resume on Sunday after rain disruption, it would revert to a full T20 on Monday.

Example 1:
The match starts at 20 overs per side and there is an interruption at 6 overs.
Overs are reduced to 15 overs per side and play is about to resume.
Before another ball is bowled it rains and play are abandoned for the day.
As the match didn’t resume under the revised overs, the match should continue on the reserve day at the original 20
overs per side with the overs reduced if necessary during the reserve day.

Example 2:
The same start as in example 1 i.e. match starts at 20 overs per side and there is an interruption at 6 overs. Overs
are reduced to 15 overs per side and play is about to resume.

This time, play starts and after an over has been bowled it rains and play is abandoned for the day.
As the match has resumed, it is continued on the reserve day at 15 overs per side with the overs further reduced if necessary during the reserve day.

However, the fans can breathe a sigh of relief as Melbourne’s weather forecast for Sunday is for nothing more than the odd cloud, without any rain interruption.

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