If rain plays spoilsport, the match will shift to the reserve day, which is on Monday. However, what is the forecast for the reserve day?
Last Updated: 04.46 AM, Nov 13, 2022
The stage for the final of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 is set and Pakistan and England will be facing each other to win the trophy at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
While Babar Azam and his boys will be hoping for a repeat of the 1992 Cricket World Cup, the English side, on the other hand, will be looking to play spoilsport to Pakistan.
As fans are excited about the upcoming clash, however, one factor that can play a major role in deciding the outcome would be the fickle Melbourne weather.
What does the weather forecast say?
According to the meteorology department, the weather forecast for Sunday sees rain interrupting the proceedings.
"Cloudy. Very high (near 100%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm, possibly severe. Winds east to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h turning northerly 25 to 35 km/h during the morning then decreasing to 15 to 20 km/h in the evening," the official website of the meteorology department read.
If rain plays spoilsport, the match will shift to the reserve day, which is on Monday. However, the forecast for the reserve day also looks the same.
"Cloudy. Very high (95%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm. Winds northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h turning westerly 25 to 40 km/h during the morning then decreasing to 15 to 25 km/h during the afternoon," the Monday forecast read.
Talking about the weather, ICC has announced the playing time for the reserve day will be increased by two hours. "The Event Technical Committee (ETC) has increased the provision of additional playing time on the reserve day to four hours from the original provision of two hours (clause 13.7.3 of the Playing Conditions), in case more time is required to complete the match and get a result," the ICC said in a release.
"It may be noted that 10 overs per side are required to constitute a match in the knockout stage and every effort will be taken to complete the match on the scheduled match day, with any necessary reduction of overs taking place. Only if the minimum number of overs necessary to constitute a match cannot be bowled on Sunday will the match go into the reserve day. Play on the reserve day will begin at 1500h (9:30 AM IST) and would be a continuation of play from the scheduled match day," it further stated.
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However, if the grim forecast on both days continues, then it will be the first time the trophy will be shared by both finalists in the history of the tournament.