Reserve days in cricket are rare to see as it only gets activated if a large portion of the match has been washed out by rain. The ongoing World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand will be going to Day six, the reserve day. Over five days, the match has only seen approximately 222 overs out of a possible 540 overs. This means that the reserve day will be activated. Today we will look at which matches have reserve days and how and when it has to be used.
Everyone surely remembers the epic semi-final between India and New Zealand in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. That match was played over two days as rain played spoilsport, and only 40 overs were possible on the first day. On the reserve day, India lost to New Zealand and exited the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The reserve days are kept for matches of utmost importance and are not supported for bilateral series matches. It is usually seen that it’ll be held for ICC matches and only in the knockout stages where a team has to advance, or a game has to have a winner. The reserve day has been activated in the World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand. The game is tightly poised, with the final and the sixth day set to begin with all three results possible. It will surely be a riveting game of cricket, as it has been seen over the past five days where the cricket was on and off. The primary purpose of the reserve day is to get the most overs out of the day and make up for the lost time that the teams have lost throughout the test match.
The reserve day is the final day of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship, and both teams would be looking to be the first-ever winners of this prestigious test mace and take along the prize money instead of sharing it with another team.