T20 World Cup 2024: What Happens if it Rains in Knockout Games?

The 2024 T20 World Cup is currently underway, with the First Round matches taking place in the West Indies and the USA.

After the conclusion of the First Round, the top 2 teams from each group will advance to the Super 8 stage. Then the top 2 teams from each Super 8 group will battle it out in the knockout stages to clinch the coveted trophy.

The knockout matches, which include 2 Semi-Finals and the Final, will take place between June 26 and 29. However, there’s one question about what happens if it rains during T20 World Cup 2024 knockout games.

Here’s everything you need to know about the rain rules for the T20 World Cup 2024 knockout games.

Is there a reserve day allotted for the knockout stage?

Yes, but the reserve days are only allotted to the first Semi-Final (June 26) and the Final (June 29). There is no provision for a reserve day for the second Semi-Final (June 27) since there’s only a day’s gap between the said match and the Final.

However, an additional 250 minutes have been allotted to the second Semi-Final to determine a result. The additional time will come into effect if the match gets interrupted due to rain or bad weather in regulation time.

Likewise, the first Semi-Final will also have an extra 60 minutes on the scheduled day and 190 minutes on the reserve day (June 27). The Final match will also have 190 minutes of additional time on the scheduled and reserve days (June 30).

What happens if the knockout games move to the reserve day?

Consider this scenario:

A full 20-over match gets interrupted due to rain after 11 overs. Due to a loss of time, overs are revised to 15 overs per side.

The match is about to restart, but it starts raining, and the play is abandoned on the scheduled day. Since the match didn’t restart with revised overs, the match will continue with a full 20 overs on the reserve day.

But if the match resumes with revised overs on the scheduled day and rain stops play after 2 overs are completed, then the match will continue to be 15 overs per side on the reserve day.

How many overs need to be bowled to constitute a knockout game?

According to the ICC’s playing conditions, both teams must have the opportunity to bat for 10 overs to determine a result in the knockout stages. If the minimum overs are not bowled on the scheduled day, then the reserve day will be used to complete the match.

What if the Semi-Final or Final are abandoned?

If rain interrupts the Semi-Finals and the Final on both scheduled and reserve days and the match is abandoned, then the teams that finished at the top of the Super 8 groups will advance to the final.

If the Final is abandoned due to bad weather, then both finalists will be declared joint winners.

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