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WC T20 final at risk of being eliminated

Muhammad Rizwan (left) and Babar Azam. Twitter
  • The T20 World Cup is at risk of being eliminated.
  • There is a heavy rain forecast for Melbourne on Sunday and Monday.
  • The WC finalists will share the trophy if the game is eliminated.

SYDNEY: The long-awaited ICC T20 World Cup final involving Pakistan and tonight’s winners India vs. England The game is likely to be hampered by weather.

According to an advisory from the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology, there is a high chance of rain on Sunday.

The advisory for Sunday reads “Partly cloudy. Very high probability (95%) of rain. Chance of a thunderstorm, heavy falls possible in the southeastern suburbs. Winds from north to northeast at 15 to 20 km/h turning from west to northwest at 15 to 25 km/h during the day.”

Three T20 World Cup matches at the iconic MCG were canceled due to weather, while Ireland pulled off an upset victory over England after rain prematurely ended their Super 12 competition.

Although the playing conditions of the T20 World Cup knockout matches allow for a reserve day, Monday’s forecast is no different from Sunday’s.

In accordance with the ICC playing conditions, every effort will be made to complete the match on the scheduled day.

“Only if the minimum number of overs required to constitute a match cannot be played on the scheduled day, will the match be completed on the reserve day,” it says.

However, unlike round matches, in the finals and semi-finals, a minimum of 10 overs must be bowled to constitute a complete match.

If it is not possible to play in the final, both finalists will be declared joint winners.

Pakistan seals the place for the semi-final

The team led by Babar Azam won the semi-finals by seven wickets. The Black Caps had set a target of 153 runs for Pakistan which the Men in Green chased with ease.

Pattern Babar Azam and wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan had a partnership of 105 runs. It was in over 12 that New Zealand fired Babar for 53 to end the partnership. At that time, Pakistan required 47 of 43 balls.

But by then, the Men in Green had already gained a lot of ground. Rizwan and Mohammad Haris kept the scoreboard going until the wicketkeeper was dismissed due to exhaustion at 57.

Haris was caught on the short thin leg on the last ball of the 19. Just in the very next over, Pakistan won the match by seven wickets.

The Men in Green will now face either England or India, who will meet tomorrow.

Earlier, Daryl Mitchell’s half-century helped New Zealand set a target of 153 runs after New Zealand captain Kane Williamson opted to bat first.

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