Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 final – PAK vs ENG

There will be nervous looks to the sky over the next few days in Melbourne with rain threatening the men’s T20 World Cup final between England and Pakistan at the MCG on Sunday, hinting at the need for a day reserve and even a shared trophy.

There is currently a 95% chance of rain forecast for Sunday with between 15 and 25 mm of fall. “Very high chance (nearly 100%) of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm, possibly severe, with heavy drops possible,” the Bureau of Meteorology said Friday morning.

Reserve day is allocated on Monday but this too has an uncertain forecast with again 95% chance of rain and falls between 5 and 10mm.

For tournament knockout matches, a minimum of 10 overs per team is required to constitute a match, compared to five overs in the group stages.

The first priority will be to complete a shortened match on Sunday if necessary, which means that overs will be reduced before reserve day is activated. If the game started on Sunday but cannot be finished, it will resume on the reserve day from the position where it was stopped. Once the draw has been made, the game is considered to be live.

If play begins on Sunday and there is a reduction in overs but play is unable to resume due to weather, play will resume as a contest of 20 overs on the day of Reserve.

While only 30 minutes of extra time is allocated on the initial day of the final, if the reserve day is used there are four extra hours available* with play starting on Monday at 3:00 p.m. local time.

“The Event Technical Committee (ETC) has increased the reserve day provision for additional playing time to four hours from the original two-hour provision (playing conditions clause 13.7.3), in the event where more time would be needed to complete the match and achieve a result,” an ICC statement said.

“It should be noted that 10 overs per team are required to constitute a match in the knockout stage and every effort will be made to complete the match on the day of the scheduled match. Every effort will be made to complete the match on Sunday, with any necessary reduction in overs taking place and only if the minimum number of overs necessary to constitute a match cannot be played on Sunday, the match will enter reserve day.Play on reserve day will begin at 3:00 p.m. and would a continuation of play from the scheduled match day.”

If there is not enough time over the two days to reach the minimum overs, the trophy will be split. The 2002–03 Champions Trophy between India and Sri Lanka ended in this manner, although under the playing conditions at the time, a new game started on reserve day. Both games were abandoned at almost the same time. In the 2019 ODI World Cup, the semi-final between India and New Zealand at Old Trafford was played over two days.

Melbourne has been hit hard by the rain at this tournament with three Super 12 games abandoned with no ball played: New Zealand v Afghanistan, Afghanistan v Ireland and Australia v England. The England-Ireland match in Melbourne was also cut short by rain, but Ireland managed to pull off a famous DLS victory.

Aside from the South Africa-Zimbabwe match in Hobart which was also drawn, the rest of the tournament largely escaped rain during what was a damp start to the summer in the east and south-east of the country. ‘Australia.

Predictions were also poor ahead of the India-Pakistan match at the MCG but cleared to allow for a full match as the contest became one of the best T20 matches ever. Organizers, players and supporters hope that the final will receive the same luck.

*GMT 1040 The story was updated after the ICC confirmed that there will be four additional hours, instead of two, available on reserve day to complete the final.

Andrew McGlashan is associate editor at ESPNcricinfo

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