Danger of rain on the second semi-final of World Cup 2023 (Photo: PTI)
As exciting as the first semi-final of the World Cup 2023 was, there are chances of the second semi-final being equally disappointing. This is because rain seems to be a hindrance. The second semi-final match of the World Cup 2023 between South Africa and Australia is to be held at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. But, even before it started, the sword of rain has already hung over it. Now the big question is whether the second semi-final will be held or not? It’s fine if the match happens, but what if it gets washed out in the rain? Who will get the ticket to the final again in South Africa-Australia?
Obviously the questions are big and important too. It should happen because the match is of the semi-finals of the World Cup, in which it is impossible for the teams to lose. On top of that, if it rains before the result is declared and the match is washed out, then the finalist will be decided but a question will definitely remain in the minds of the cricket fans.
How is the weather in Kolkata on the day of the semi-final match?
The semi-final between South Africa and Australia is to be held on 16th November i.e. today itself. And, according to the websites giving information about this weather, there are chances of rain in Kolkata. At present only 25 percent rainfall is being estimated there. But at the same time it is being said that the sky will remain cloudy. Apart from this, the weather will also be very humid.
ICC preparations for semi-finals
ICC has done one good thing that it has kept a reserve day for all the knock out matches. Meaning, if the second semi-final match of the World Cup 2023 cannot be held on its scheduled day due to rain, then it will be held on the second day. But, if rain becomes a hindrance on the second day also, then efforts will be made to somehow get the result by playing 20-20 overs cricket.
If the match is completely washed out, this team will play the World Cup final
However, what will happen if even a 20-20 over match cannot be played due to rain on the reserve day? In this situation, ICC will then decide the finalists on the basis of the team’s ranking in the points table of the league round. And, accordingly, South Africa, which was at second place in the points table, can get the ticket for the final.