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IND vs ENG, T20 World Cup semis, Guyana weather & ‘250 minute rule’- EXPLAINER

IND vs ENG, T20 World Cup semis, Guyana weather & ‘250 minute rule’- EXPLAINER

The 250 minute rule was brought in place to ensure that the second semis (IND vs ENG), could be completed on the same day, without needing a reserve day.

With the SA vs AFG semi-final match ending rather quickly on Thursday morning, the Proteas made history by entering their first ever World Cup final. But now, all the focus shifts to IND vs ENG semis in Guyana, also on the same day, where the two teams will look to make it to the summit clash. Even before one can talk about the playing XIs, combinations, and who will win, one of the biggest challenges for both the team will be Guyana weather.

What is Guyana Weather Forecast for IND vs ENG Semis?

The Guyana weather has been talked about ever since, it was finalised that India would play their semis encounter with England. And no surprises there, the match is expected to be heavily rain-affected, as there is a 90% chance of precipitation. In fact, there is a 21% chance of thunderstorm as well.

What Happens if IND vs ENG Gets Washed Out?

In case no result is possible from this India-England semis, then India will play South Africa in the final, as they qualified after topping their Group 1 in Super 8. And plus, there is no reserve day for the second semi-final. That has left the fans confused, as to why there was a reserve day for SA vs AFG and not for IND vs ENG. The simple answer is, ICC did not want the second finalists to end their semis, travel, and straightaway go into the last match. Instead a 250-minute rule was brought in.

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What is 250 Minutes Rule?

In short, the ICC has allotted 250 extra minutes for the second semifinal, in case the match is affected or delayed by the rain, and so that it gets completed on Thursday itself. The rule states, as quoted by Cricbuzz, “There is also additional time available to ensure the completion of all knockout fixtures at the semi-final and final stage of the event,” the ICC has said.

“A total of 250 minutes of additional time is available for both semi-finals, with the first semi-final on June 26 scheduled to have 60 minutes available at the end of the day’s play with a further 190 minutes available on June 27. The second semi-final on June 27 has an additional 250 minutes available on the scheduled day, while the final on June 29 has a reserve day on June 30.”

But it seems like, even the teams aren’t fully aware, as to what would happen in case of rain interruption. India skipper Rohit Sharma said, “We don’t know what’s going to happen. The only thing I’m worried about is if the game goes on until pretty late, we have a charter flight. We might miss that flight, but that’s okay.”


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