The much-awaited semi-finals of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 kickstarts from 15th November 2023 and fans and cricket lovers cannot keep calm. The marquee tournament’s business end kickstarts and the 4 qualifying teams are India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
After 45 high-voltage and high-octane matches in the group-stage, the 4 teams will be vying for the top honours in this tournament. India finished right at the top of the points table with 9 outright wins in 9 matches.
None of the teams could provide stiff competition to the Men in Blue and they were simply on a roll. Most of the Indian players are in form and this has resulted in a complete team performance.
Plus, the morale and confidence levels are quite high in the Indian dressing room and the positive vibe created by the team management and support staff is paying rich dividends.
India will be locking horns with New Zealand in the 1st semi-final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on 15th November 2023. On the other hand, South Africa cross swords with Australia in the 2nd semi-final on 16th November 2023.
The grand finale between the two winning sides will be played on 19th November 2023 and it is expected to be an absolute crackerjack of a contest at the historic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
What if rain plays spoilsport during the semi-finals?
In case rain comes into the picture during the semi-finals of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023, and playtime gets reduced, the extra time of 120 minutes will be coming into play. The apex body of world cricket, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has allotted an extra 120 minutes for both the semi-finals and finals.
In case the match doesn’t resume within the 120 extra minutes, a reserve day will be coming into place. The reserve day is kept for both the semi-finals and the grand finale on 19th November 2023.
When the reserve day doesn’t suffice, the team which had a higher ranking in the points table after the completion of the group stage, will be cruising to the finals.
Therefore, if rain plays spoilsport during the India vs New Zealand game in Mumbai, it is Rohit Sharma and co. that will advance to the finals. Similarly, if rain hits the eastern part of the country on 16th November 2023 during the South Africa vs Australia game, Temba Bavuma and co. will be booking their place in the finals.