Mohali, March 26: As India and Australia gear up for their "quarter-final" match in the ICC World Twenty20 tournament here tomorrow (March 27), the hosts' players and fans will be hoping there is no rain.
The winner of India-Australia clash here on Sunday at the PCA Stadium will progress to the semi-finals from Group 2 along with New Zealand (Group topper). For the loser, it is the end of the tournament. (Match preview)
Both India and Australia are on 4 points each and the eliminator tomorrow is a high-pressure contest. (Mohali suits us more: Maxwell)
Though there is no threat of rain for the game as of now, in case of the match being abandoned due to inclement weather then Australia will progress to the knockouts due to a superior net run rate. Teams get 1 point each for an abandoned match.
There are no reserve days for the World T20 matches except for the final on April 3 in Kolkata.
Australia have a net run rate of +0.440 (Placed 2nd in the table) compared to India's -0.546 (Placed 3rd). If the game is washed out, both the sides will be locked on 5 points each and then net run rate will decide who goes through. In such a scenario, it will be Steve Smith-led team which stays in the tournament. (India-Aus 2-2 in T20 WC)
Players and fans will be hoping the weather stays clear and the contest is decided on the field.
What the playing conditions say for teams progressing to semi-finals if tied on equal points?
# In the event of teams finishing on equal points at the end of the Second Round (Super 10 Stage), the right to play in the Semi-Final will be decided in the following order of priority:
# The most wins in the Second Round matches.
# If there are teams with equal points and equal wins in the Second Round matches only then in such case the team with the higher net run rate in the Second Round matches will be placed in the higher position.
# If two or more teams are still equal, they will be ordered according to the head to head match played between them (points then net run rate in those matches).
# If the above does not resolve the Group ordering, or if all matches within a Group produce no results, then any tied teams will be ordered as per their Group seedings.