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'Worth Not More Than a Duck': Fans Vent on Twitter As DLS Method Risks India's World Cup Campaign

With the mist and mizzle at Old Trafford throwing the game into a overhaul on Tuesday, the India vs New Zeland match will continue on the reserve day. But, if it continues to rain even on Wednesday then the DLS method will come into play.

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Updated:July 10, 2019, 12:50 PM IST
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'Worth Not More Than a Duck': Fans Vent on Twitter As DLS Method Risks India's World Cup Campaign
With the mist and mizzle at Old Trafford throwing the game into a overhaul on Tuesday, the India vs New Zeland match will continue on the reserve day. But, if it continues to rain even on Wednesday then the DLS method will come into play.
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After 40 days and 41 matches of frayed nerves, tear-jerking setbacks and a draining test of endurance for fans, the World Cup finally reached the really good bit -- the knockout stages. However, this peak of emotions was washed over ruthlessly after rains once again interrupted the game.

The much awaited semifinal between India and New Zealand was brought to a screeching halt after a heavy drizzle lashed Old Trafford at the far end of the Kiwi innings on Tuesday.

Covers were pulled over the fields and heavy rain continued to heavy the hearts of spectators as the weather refused to significantly improve.

At 2pm local time and 6:30 PM in India, with 3.5 overs of the New Zealand innings left, it began to rain at Old Trafford and it continued for four hours, whereupon the umpires had no alternative but to bring the players back on the reserve day, that is Wednesday morning to complete the match. New Zealand was 211/5 after 46.1 overs.

But if there is one thing that has come to be more unwelcomed than the English weather and the evening gloom this World Cup, it is the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method, which has turned the washout into more than a matter of dampened spirits for Indian fans.

The DLS method becomes a factor when a match is interrupted by inclement weather and the teams do not get to play their full quota of overs. In such cases, an outcome has to be reached in the time available after resumption of play.

The calculation adjusts the target score according to the reduction in overs based on an estimate.

What the ICC has tried to do is arrive at a formula that takes into account as many parameters as possible and properly reflects the match situation and efforts of both teams. The DLS system has been updated a few times and is considered the most accurate system used in international cricket by most analysts and pundits.

However, Indian fans seem to be in complete disagreement.

With the mist and mizzle at Old Trafford throwing the game into a overhaul on Tuesday, the India vs New Zealand match will continue on the reserve day. But, if it continues to rain even on Wednesday then the DLS method will come into play. This would mean a heavy reduction of overs for team India.

The unexpected angle that runs the risk of jeopardizing India’s glorious world cup campaign till now has left fans frustrated, who have taken to Twitter to vent about the unfairness of the whole thing.

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