This will be the first match that will be using the reserve day in a World Cup tournament since the match between New Zealand and Zimbabwe played at Headingley, Leeds in 1999. That match could not complete even on the reserve day as it was washed out completely and ended as a no result game with both Zimbabwe and New Zealand sharing the points. Australia would like avoid suffering the same feat and hopes for no more rain interruptions when West Indies starts their batting on 28th March, 2007 or at least will wish for bowling the minimum number of 20 overs to force a result by Duckworth/Lewis method.
In all, nine World Cup matches were forced to go into the reserve days including the above mentioned New Zealand and Zimbabwe encounter and one game between West Indies and Sri Lanka at The Oval in 1979 could not even get started even though 2 reserve days were allotted because of heave rains on all three days. When West Indies start their chase it will provide the 11th instance of a reserve day being used in a World Cup match.
Today’s 'Quiztion of the day' relates to the World Cup matches that spanned two days and used the reserve day allotted. Here it is:
If history is any indication, Australia should win their first Super 8 match as out of the 10 times a reserve day was used in a World Cup match 7 times the team batting first went on to win and only once when England bundled out Canada for a paltry 45 after the scheduled playing day was washed out did the team batting second registered a win. Other two games were abandoned without yielding a result.
Of the eight World Cup encounters that were actually played and used the reserve days to provide a result, only once before the current Aussie-Caribbean Clash, a complete innings of allotted overs was played on one day before the weather interrupted the day’s play and the team batting second started their innings on the following (reserve) day. Shown below is the picture of the highest scorer of that match. Identify the Player and provide the details of the match.