World Test Championship Final, India vs New Zealand: The inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand is all set to enter the history books as it will be the first moment in a long time where a Test match is advancing to the sixth day. After the Day 1 and Day 4 of the WTC Final ended up getting completely washed out, ICC’s reserve day has come into the act.
There is some great news for all the cricket fans as weather is expected to be clear throughout the Day 6 of the IND vs NZ WTC Final at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. According to the latest weather forecast, it will be mostly sunny in Southampton and the clouds will not prove to be much of a hindrance in the cricket action. Both India and New Zealand will be trying their level best to bring out a possible result in this ultimate Test match.
As per playing conditions announced by the ICC, “The Maximum duration for the Reserve day is a Minimum of 330 minutes or 83 overs plus the last hour (a minimum of 15 overs) – are available. The Umpires will signal the Start of the last hour.” While talking about the current situation of the Test match, New Zealand got bowled out for 249 runs in the first innings after having taken a crucial lead of 32 runs. Kiwi pacer Tim Southee bowled remarkably well at the start of the second innings to send back both the Indian openers, Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma.
At stumps on Day 5 of the WTC Final, India were 64 for 2 having taken a lead of 32 runs. Indian captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara are still unbeaten at the crease. It will be really interesting to see whether a possible World Test Champions are crowned or both India and New Zealand are adjudged the joint winners of the maiden WTC title.
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