7/10/2019 1:18:46 AM (GMT+3)

Wet World Cup: T20 is a money-spinner and not ODI

Wet World Cup: T20 is a money-spinner and not ODI

LONDON: Cricket fans had to witness another rain-affected World Cup match on Tuesday after the high-profile semifinal between India and New Zealand in Manchester was called off for the day when the Kiwis were 211/5 after 46.1 overs.

The match will resume on Wednesday at 10.30am BST, weather permitting, with Ken Williamson’s men resuming on the same score.

But can a match report be filed on the basis on such a scenario where the ODI match had been pushed to Reserve Day due to inclement weather? 

With the growing popularity of Twenty20, most cricket pundits have vented their frustrations and even fans have felt that the 50-over game may be soon on its way out.

“Who’ll sit back and watch a 50-over match when T20 gives us a kick in flat few hours,” said Anees, an Indian fan.  

Another concern is the loss of interest for the tournament among the local English people.

The sport is kept alive by the subcontinent teams and their fans here – India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Cricket is big in these countries, and had been organised in India, one would’ve experienced a different kind of passion and excitement.

With the rains playing a spoilsport, it was also unfathomable why the competition was allocated to England considering the unpredictable weather during this time of the year.

But it was learnt that England and Wales Cricket Board wasn’t too keen on hosting the premier ICC event during August or September as it would clash with the Ashes which, it seems, a better and profitable tournament for the either teams.

As for the match, Williamson won the toss and elected to bat first on a cloudy morning at Old Trafford. But their start was as bad as the weather – the Kiwis took 16 balls to get off the mark.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar managed to keep pressure on Martin Guptill, who was removed by Jasprit Bumrah with just one run on the board. That was a big break for the Indians, who are hoping to make it to the final after 2011.

Come to think of that, if New Zealand manages 250 plus it’s not going to be an easy task for the Indian batsmen on a slow pitch.

“Doesn’t look a great pitch at Old Trafford. Very much on the slow side and offering sone turn. If NZ can somehow get to 240 they will be in the game,” tweeted former Australia opener Mark Waugh.

For the match to be completed, India are required to bat for at least 20 overs. If after the reserve day the match has still not reached a result, India will progress to the final given their higher finishing position in the group stage.

Fans can use their tickets for the Reserve Day, but they cannot sell their tickets for the Reserve Day if they cannot attend, due to the short turnaround time. They are also advised to donate their tickets to give free of charge to local cricket communities.

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