ICC World Cup 2019: New Zealand were struggling for the most part of their innings and were 211/5 in 46.1 overs when rain interrupted proceedings. The cricket on the show was utterly fascinating, though.
One puzzling question emerged as the rain soaked the arena at Old Trafford. Was a score around 220 in 46 overs tougher for India or the D/L-adjusted 148 in 20 overs? The truncated scenario should be more troubling in theory as they get 26 overs more for 70-odd runs, but considering the pitch and the almost-full quota of overs allowed to the bowlers, New Zealand might favour a longer chase
The weather forecast for Wednesday, however, also does not look very promising as a forecast of clouds and rain paints a gloomy picture with chances of showers hovering around 20 per cent at the moment. To give you some context, the chance of rain on Tuesday was around 40 to 50 per cent.
On the reserve day, New Zealand will first complete their 50-over innings and India will then complete their 50-over innings, weather permitting. The match may be shortened dependent on conditions. Weather forecast site Accuweather says the skies will remain overcast through most of the day, with a spell of showers predicted for 12 pm local time (4:30 pm IST) and 5 pm local time (9:30 pm IST).
For the match to be completed, India are required to bat for at least 20 overs. In case the Duckworth-Lewis System does come into play, these are the revised targets India will have to chase based on the number of overs.