Last battle for semis may get washed away


COLOMBO – Rain and thunderstorms posed a threat to Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final between co-hosts Sri Lanka and England.
Overnight rain in parts of Colombo threatened the high-profile match, although there was no rain in and around the R. Premadasa stadium where the pitch remained covered ahead of the 0900GMT start.
As per the playing conditions of the tournament, there is one reserve day allocated to all quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final.
The first semi-final will be played here on March 29, between New Zealand — who beat South Africa in Dhaka on Friday — and the winners of the Sri Lanka-England match.
Arch-rivals India and Pakistan play the second semi-final in Mohali on March 30.
The final is scheduled for April 2 in Mumbai.