WTC Final Day 5: What happens if rain interrupts play on Day 5?

The big question for Indian fans is what happens if rain halts play for more than an hour.


WTC Final Day 5: What happens if rain interrupts play on Day 5?

What happens if rain interrupts play on Day 5? (Image via Twitter)

The second edition of the World Test Championship (WTC) Final is nearing its climax with Day 5’s play underway at The Oval on Sunday. The four days so far have been full of ebbs and flow with the two teams playing some top-quality cricket. The atmosphere at the stadium has been great too. The weather is pleasant and the rain has stayed away. However, there are chances of rain on Day 5 of the WTC Final. 

The UK Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for Sunday. According to the weather forecast for Sunday, rain and thunderstorm are expected during the afternoon with 30 per cent chances of precipitation. This means that the play on Day 5 can be halted and Team India’s quest to chase 280 in 90 overs might get affected. 

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After Australia set a mammoth target of 444 runs for India to win their maiden WTC Final title, the Rohit Sharma-led team ended Day 4 with 164/3 on the board. India now need to score 280 runs more to win this WTC Final. However, if rain interrupts play on Day 5, it will affect India majorly. The clouds in the skies can favour the Australian pacers. Also, losing overs will make it difficult for India.

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What happens if overs are lost due to rain on Day 5?

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The Oval (Image via Sky Sport)

The big question for Indian fans is what happens if rain halts play for more than an hour. Well, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had made it clear while announcing the Playing Conditions for WTC Final that if more than one hour of play is lost, the game will be moved to reserve day. 

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The global governing body reiterated the fact on Saturday. “If more than an hour’s playing time is lost, then the Reserve Day will be triggered and will consist solely of the time that has been lost to rain or bad light,” said ICC on Saturday.

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