T20 World Cup in Australia has been plagued by rain, and the threat of heavy showers looms large during the final between Pakistan and England on Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
With both teams vying for their second T20 World Cup title, heavy rain forecast for the final match on Sunday as well as Monday, the trophy could be shared between the two teams.
More playing time
“The Event Technical Committee (ETC) has increased the provision of additional playing time on the reserve day to four hours from the original provision of two hours, in case more time is required to complete the match and get a result,” stated an official release.
For the final, 10 overs per side are required to constitute a match. “It may be noted that 10 overs per side are required to constitute a match in the knockout stage and every effort will be taken to complete the match on the scheduled match day, with any necessary reduction of overs taking place,” stated the release.
Reserve day in play
“Only if the minimum number of overs necessary to constitute a match cannot be bowled on Sunday will the match go into the reserve day. Play on the reserve day will begin at 15 h 00 (9:30AM IST) and would be a continuation of play from the scheduled match day,” it added.
Both England and Pakistan, who played in the 50-over World Cup final here 30 years ago, advanced to the final with resounding victories in the semifinals.