The four teams which qualified for the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 are England, India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. While fans are waiting despairingly for the games, but at the same time, they are also concerned about bad weather conditions. Interestingly, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has kept reserve days only for the final of the tournament, but none for the semi-finals.
England hasn’t lost a single match in the tournament so far as they thrashed Bangladesh, New Zealand and Australia convincingly in league stages. The hosts are the favorites to win the tournament and if they do so then it will be their first ever ICC ODI title. They will face Pakistan in the semi-finals; the team which has been pretty unpredictable in the tournament, even their qualification was possible after a climactic virtual quarter-final against Sri Lanka.
Team Indian will play against the mounting Bangladeshi team in the second semi-final. The Tigers have reached the semis for the first time in Champions Trophy while the Men in Blue will be defending their title. In group stages, India defeated Pakistan but lost to Sri Lanka in the second match, despite that they made a strong revival and defeated South Africa by a comprehensive margin. Mashrafe Mortaza and co. will have to play their ‘A’ game in order to beat India who has been completely professional in all three formats of the game, in recent times.
So, now the question arises that what will happen if rainstorm washes away semi-finals of ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
According to the rules of International Cricket Council (ICC), the team, who were the table-toppers in the league stages will automatically qualify for the final in case of a rain wash-out. This means England will qualify from Semi-final 1 because they are the table toppers in Group A. And, from Semi-final 2, India will qualify because they are the table-toppers in Group B.
However, there still a doubt that what if the match gets tied in semi-finals, i.e., if both the teams end with the same number of runs in the semi-finals, well in that case, as per the ICC’s rule, the teams would have to play a Super Over.