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The Proteas lost to Australia in another Cricket World Cup semi-final. Image: CSA

Cricket World Cup: Proteas vs Australia match could be delayed

It’s heavily overcast In Kolkata with rain expected to have a say in the Cricket World Cup match between the Proteas and Australia.

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The Proteas lost to Australia in another Cricket World Cup semi-final. Image: CSA

The anticipated Cricket World Cup semi-final match between the Proteas and Australia on Thursday could be delayed due to rain.

The match is scheduled to start at 10:30(South African time) but with rain predicted for most of the day in Kolkata, the likelihood is that the match might be shortened.

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If the match is rained out on Thursday, then Friday will be used as a reserve day.

If the reserve day is also washed out, then the Proteas will advance to the Cricket World Cup semis due to their superior net run-rate

If a knock-out match is washed out, a team that finished ahead in the round-robin stage will go through and in this case, South Africa will play in the final should rain have a final say..

Cricket World Cup semi-final match to be affected by rain

This week, the India Meteorological Department said a cyclone is expected to hit Kolkata ahead of Thursday’s semifinal encounter.

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“Under the influence of this system, a low pressure is likely to form over the southeast Bay of Bengal by Tuesday,” the department said on Monday.

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Both South Africa and Australia finished the round-robin stage of the tournament on 14 points, but Temba Bavuma’s men finished higher due to a better run rate.

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The forecast for the area (as of Tuesday) says there’s a 60 per cent chance of rain occurring on Thursday. Those chances increase to 90 per cent for Friday, according to Daily Mail Austrlalia.