Rain delays Australia-Pakistan semi-final toss

GROS ISLET, Saint Lucia: Rain delayed the scheduled 11am local time (1500GMT) toss in the World Twenty20 semi-final between Australia and defending champions Pakistan here on Friday.

The match, due to start at 11:30am (1530GMT), had already been delayed by 10 minutes when a fresh burst of rain fell on the Beausejour Stadium.

However, organisers have given themselves an additional two hours in which to complete this match, which means that not until approximately 1.30pm (1730GMT) will the fixture start being reduced from a 20 overs per side contest if the semi-final has not already started by then.

Should no result at all be possible because of bad weather, Australia will be in the final as they have won more matches at the tournament than Pakistan.

The teams have already met once in this competition, with Australia beating Pakistan by 34 runs in a first round group clash here on May 2.

Whoever wins this match will face England in Sunday''s final at the Kensington Oval in Barbados, after Paul Collingwood''s side convincingly defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the first semi-final at Beausejour here on Thursday.