IND vs AUS: CWC 2023 final reserve day rules explained
Final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, IND vs AUS has a reserve day on Monday (20th November).
India will lock horns against Australia in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 final on Sunday at the Narendra Modi International Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad with the aim of lifting their third global crown. This is a clash between two of the best teams in this World Cup.
India remained unbeaten in the league stage of the World Cup and defeated New Zealand in the semis. Australia, on the other hand, lost their first two matches in the league stage to India and South Africa, but then won the remainder of the matches.
They recently defeated South Africa in the second semi-final to make their way to the 8th World Cup final. They will be aiming for a sixth World Cup title to further cement their dominance in the ODI format.
As the competition nears its conclusion, the action becomes more intense, and the one question that fans have is what happens if there is a washout during the finals?
What are the rules of reserve day during the IND vs AUS ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 final?
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has set reserve days for matches during the knockout stages of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
There was no provision for a reserve day in the group stage games, although reserve match-days are available in the knockout rounds. As a result, if the final is washed out on Sunday, it will be rescheduled for Monday.
As per ICC rule book, the reserve day is governed by the following rules.
1. Hours of Play: The Reserve Day follows the same hours of play as the scheduled day, including any extra time provision.
2. Play Interruption: If play is interrupted on the scheduled day, umpires utilize extra time and may reduce overs to achieve a result on the reserve day.
3. Minimum Overs: Each team must have the opportunity to bat for a minimum of 20 overs for a result to be achieved.
4. Abandonment and Reserve Day: If play doesn’t resume by the cut-off time on the scheduled day, it’s abandoned, and the Reserve Day is used to complete the match.
5. Recommencement: Play resumes on the Reserve Day, provided the last ball is bowled on the scheduled day. This signifies that the game will resume from where it was left off.
6. Coin Toss: If the coin toss occurs on the scheduled day with no play, the toss result and named teams carry through to the Reserve Day.
7. Umpires’ Decisions: Umpires strive to maximize play on a planned day, taking into account ground, weather, and lighting circumstances, as if there is no reserve day available. As a result, if rain falls on the appointed day, overs will be reduced.