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India vs Sri Lanka ICC World T20 Final: Will Rain Play Spoilsport?

The 1st Semi-Final match of  World T20 between Sri Lanka and West Indies being played at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur of Bangladesh was disrupted by rains on April 3, 2014. Sri Lanka won the match by 27 runs on the basis of Duckworth–Lewis method. (Photo: IANS)

The 1st Semi-Final match of World T20 between Sri Lanka and West Indies being played at Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur of Bangladesh was disrupted by rains on April 3, 2014. Sri Lanka won the match by 27 runs on the basis of Duckworth–Lewis method. (Photo: IANS)

As India vs Sri Lanka match in the ICC World T20 Final goes on steam on Sunday evening at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at 6.30 pm IST, weather forecast was not on familiar grounds.

According to Weather.com scattered thunderstorms during the evening are likely and clear skies are predicted after midnight. That means, during the match time from 6.30 pm local time to the next three hours, it would be humid with the chance of rain forecast at 60% possibility.

While the day-time heat will not affect the match which is in the evening, winds are seen at 5 to 10 miles per hour. Otherwise, a humid atmosphere would affect the bowlers and batsmen equally.

Weather.com also said, “temperatures reach high in the evening,” which indicate unfriendly weather to match the high expectations from the teams.

While Sri Lankans, with their humid atmosphere back home are familiar to play this evening, India should wrm up the way it did in earlier matches at the same stadium.

It may be recalled that heavy rain has sent home West Indies packing their bags last week and both teams are wary about the prospect of a rain disrupting the match.

In case rain really plays havoc, them D/L method will be employed to declare the winner based on their run rate.

The D/L method introduced by two English statisticians, Frank Duckworth and Tony Lewis was used in the group stage match between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe at the 20/20 World Cup in 2010 and Sri Lanka won the match by 14 runs. Sri Lanka scored 140/7 in 20 overs followed by Zimbabwe who were 40/0 in 7 overs when rain interrupted play.

This time around, D/L method was used in the first semi-final match of ICC T20 WorldCup 2014 between Sri Lanka and West Indies, whereby Sri Lanka won by 27 runs as the match was disrupted and then, stopped due to heavy rain.

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