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WC 2003 - 2nd SF: No rain for now but likely to rain later

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2003, 21:47 [IST]
 
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Durban: The World Cup semi-final between India and Kenya is expected to start in four hours time as scheduled but the match may be affected by rain. A spokesperson for the Weather Bureau in Durban said there are 50 per cent chances of rain later on Thursday.It rained heavily overnight and early on Thursday but the skies now appear to be clearing, brightening prospects of play being held.The CEO of cricket in KwaZulu-Natal, Cassim Docrat, who is in charge of the New Kingsmead Cricket Stadium, said the pitch had been protected during the night and only the outfield was a bit damp. In case no play is possible on Thursday, the match will be held on the reserve day on Friday. In the event of no play possible even on the reserve day, India would proceed to the final as it had defeated Kenya earlier. Undeterred cricket fans are already making their way to the ground with their umbrellas and other shields. More than 20,000 people are expected to jam pack the stadium by late this evening. More than half of the spectators are expected to be Indian nationals from around the world and Indian-origin people from Durban. PTI

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