The persistent rain in Southampton caused the Day 1 and Day 4 to be completely washed out. There was a play possible only on Day 2 and Day 3, with Indian team getting dismissed on 217, and the New Zealand team at 101/2 until the end of Day 3. According to the weather predictions, there are no chances of rain during the match hours on Day 5. It will be a boon to the cricket fans and the broadcasters to see the match getting started on time, without the delay.
The commentators, broadcasters, and official twitter account of New Zealand cricket board have been giving regular updates about the ground and weather condition. Even the media persons, who are present at their respective rooms in the stadium have been proactive in posting the photos of the Rose Bowl.
Here is the latest tweet by New Zealand Twitter account which gives a positivity regarding the day’s play:
The reserve Day is most likely to be used by the on-field as well as the third umpire to give an extra day to get the result. If the weather supports, we can have the WTC Championship winner, otherwise it will be shared between India and New Zealand.
The weather is expected to be cloudy, and minimum chances of rainfall are predicted on Day 5. The Indian team need to take advantage of the swing friendly condition and dismiss the New Zealand as soon as possible. This would make the case for reserve day to be fully utilized. It has been known that both the teams also wanted a single winner, and Indian team can bat again and can give target of around 150, which would make the things interesting tomorrow, if the weather permits.
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