Pakistan cricket fans’ quest to see the national team lifting its second T20 World Cup on Sunday might get unsettled as dark clouds loom over Melbourne with rain likely to spoilsport in Sunday’s final at MCG.
According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, there is a very high chance of showers, 95 per cent, in Melbourne on Sunday, November 13.
As per the ICC rules, there is a reserve day for the knock-out games of the tournament. So, if the final is washed out on Sunday, it will be played on Monday, November 14. If the rain interrupts after the game has started, it will resume on the next day from the same point onwards.
However, there is a high possibility of rain on Monday as well. So in case, it rains on reserve day too, a minimum of 10 overs need to be bowled in the second innings to produce the outcome through the Duckworth-Lewis method (DLS), which is an increase of 5 overs from the previous rule. However, if rain abandons the game on Monday as well then both teams will share the title. Both teams will end up as joint winners of the T20 World Cup 2022.
It has already happened once in the past back in 2002 when ICC declared both Sri Lanka and India as joint winners of the Champions Trophy after rain hampered the play on both days.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan have already qualified for the final after they defeated New Zealand in the first semi-final on Wednesday. Whereas, the other finalist will be decided today as India take on England in the second semi-final at Adelaide Oval.