Rain likely to play spoilsport in Australia vs England World Cup semi-final, weather gods predict downpour in Birmingham: The weather has played a spoilsport in several games of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England including the first semi-final of the showpiece event between India vs New Zealand. As many as four matches were washed-out in the tournament due to the wet outfield or downpour. The rain played hide-and-seek and moved the first knockout game into the reserve day in Manchester. Now, the weather forecast has predicted that the downpour is likely to affect the second semi-final between England vs Australia in Birmingham.

If it rains and does not allow the match to get complete today, the clash will resume on Friday. In case reserve day is washed out, the defending champions Australia will be declared winners because of their higher position in the points table. Weather gods have predicted 40 to 50 per cent chance of rain during the afternoon in Birmingham. The winner of the match will meet Kane Williamson-led Black Caps in Lord’s on Sunday, July 14.

Kangaroos have won seven out of nine games in the league stage. They lost only to India and South Africa and stayed at number two after Virat Kohli-led men. On the other side, England won six games out of nine and narrowly escaped World Cup exit. The team won the last two games against India and New Zealand and knocked out Pakistan from the tournament. Pakistan were hoping either India or New Zealand to defeat England and secure their berth in the semi-final.

Pakistan and New Zealand were having same points (11) in the league stage but the net run-rate of Men in Green was too low. Despite making a comeback and winning four consecutive games, Sarfaraz Ahmed-led had to book their tickets to Islamabad.

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