IND vs NZ Southampton Weather Update: Day 4 of the India vs New Zealand ICC World Test Championship Final is at a standstill due to the Southampton weather and the constant rain. With Day 1 already washed out, along with few stop-starts in Day 2 and 3 as result of ‘Bad Light’, the cricketing fans have been deprived of cohesive action.
That being said, there is a possibility of some sunshine later in the day as well, which does come in as good news for all.
New Zealand ended Day 3 with a score of 101/2, while, trailing to India by 116 runs. Both sides were evenly poised, but further delay could enhance the possibility of a draw in WTC Final. If that does tend to happen, the invaluable Test Mace will be shared with Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson.
In spite of the possibility of the rain stopping for a while, the forecast for today isn’t as positive. But with plenty of hours still remained for the day to be called by the match officials, both teams and their fans will be hoping for the game to resume.
Talking about the match in general, it was New Zealand that had won the toss as they elected to field first. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill withstood the new ball and accumulated a 62 run partnership. However, Rohit Sharma for 34 and Shubman Gill for 28 were dismissed in quick succession by Kyle Jamieson and Neil Wagner respectively.
Captain Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane also displayed resilience and struck a 61 run partnership. Fast bowler Kyle Jamieson got into the act yet again and scalped the wicket of Kohli for 44, early on Day 3. Ajinkya Rahane played a solid knock of 49, but was then dismissed in a soft manner by Neil Wagner.
Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja didn’t have much to offer with the bat, while, Ravi Ashwin played a cameo of a quickfire 22 runs. Jamieson bagged his fourth five wicket-haul in just his seventh Test, as the Kiwis restricted India to 217/10.
In reply, New Zealand got off to a good start with Tom Latham and Devon Conway establishing a 70-run opening stand. Ravichandran Ashwin broke the partnership as he dismissed Latham for 30. Devon Conway struck his third fifty plus score in his third Test, but was distraught after giving away his wicket for 54 in the final over of Day 3 to Ishant Sharma.
Although, there is plenty of cricket yet to be played, the New Zealand side in particular will be pleased with their overall performance.