There is currently a 95 per cent chance of rain in Melbourne on Sunday, with up to 25mm expected.
“A very high chance (near 100%) of showering. A report in “ESPNCricinfo” quoting the Met Office said the chance of a thunderstorm, possibly severe, with a chance of heavy rain.
Unfortunately, the forecast for Monday — the designated reserve day — is similar for a 95 percent chance of rain falling between 5 and 10 mm.
Tournament rules for the final state that require at least 10 times on each side to form a match in the knockout stage.
If rain prevented play on both days, England and Pakistan would have to share the cup.
“The first priority will be to complete a shortened game on Sunday if necessary, which means that overpayments will be reduced before reserve day is activated,” the report said.
“If a match begins on Sunday but cannot be completed, it will resume on the day of the reserve from the position in which it was stopped. Once the draw has taken place, the game is considered live.”
The match is scheduled to start at 7 pm local time and if play is not possible, the match will extend to reserve day on Monday, with the match starting at 3 pm local time.
“If a reserve day is set aside, every effort will be made to complete the match on the appointed day with any necessary reduction in overtimes and only if the minimum increments necessary to make up a match that cannot be thrown on the appointed day the match ends on reserve day,” it reads. Terms of Play.
“If a match begins on the appointed day and the overpayments are subsequently reduced after an interruption but no further play can be played, the match will resume on the reserve day at the point where the last ball was played.”
Previously, the 2019 ODI World Cup semi-finals were between India New Zealand played over two days due to rain.
The 2002 Champions Cup final between India and Sri Lanka was also eliminated.
According to the playing conditions at the time, a new match started on Reserve Day but was also abandoned.
Three MCG group stage matches were abandoned without a ball being thrown due to wet weather, while one was curtailed.