In a ICC Men’s T20 World Cup where rain has had a significant say already, there is a serious threat of one final interruption and a major one at that.
After 44 matches spanning nearly a month, the Melbourne Cricket Ground is scheduled to host the final on Sunday between Jos Buttler’s England and Pakistan’s Babar Azam. The match will determine who joins the West Indies as the only two-time winners of the men’s tournament.
Pakistan tasted victory in 2009 when they beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the final, while England won it a year later with a seven-wicket win over Australia.
Rain could though spoil the party with a 100% chance of showers forecast and even severe thunderstorms. A reserve day has been set aside on Monday but the weather is again expected to be bleak, raising the prospect of a washout and the trophy being shared.
A minimum of 10 overs per side is needed to constitute a game, compared to five during the group stages. If the match starts on Sunday but isn’t finished, it will resume on Monday from where it was halted.
a) In the event of a tied final, the teams shall compete in a Super Over to determine…