World Test Championship Final, India vs New Zealand: In a massive recent update, play on Day 4 of the IND vs NZ World Test Championship (WTC) final has been officially called-off due to constant rain at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Not a single ball could be bowled as the rain gods showed no mercy to even the fans who kept on waiting for a long time to see some cricketing action from the ultimate WTC final clash.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took to Twitter in order to announce that the Day 4 of the WTC Final between India and New Zealand has officially been abandoned due to persistent rain. The board also thanked the fans who turned up to watch live cricket action but were deprived by the dismal weather in Southampton. It is also to be noted that Day 1 of the Test match was also completely washed out due to rain and there were several interruptions witnessed during second and third day’s play because of bad light.
It is fair to say that a significant amount of time has already been lost in this inaugural ICC World Test Championship Final and it will be really difficult to get a possible result in the next two days. The reserve day (23 June) added by the ICC has already come into play and the weather forecast in Southampton also looks better for the following two days of the Test match.
While talking about the WTC Final so far, India were bowled out for 217 runs in their first innings of the Test match after New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson picked up an outstanding five-wicket haul. Kiwi opening duo of Tom Latham and Devon Conway got their team off to a superb start by adding 70 runs for the first wicket. After a stunning Test debut against England, Conway continued his amazing form by scoring yet another half-century. However, Indian bowlers also fought back strongly by dismissing both the New Zealand openers on Day 3 of the Test match.
At stumps on Day 4, New Zealand are still trailing by 116 runs from India’s first innings total.
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