Rain washes out a SECOND day of play in inaugural World Test Championship final with only 141.1 overs bowled between India and New Zealand so far in Southampton… leaving just two days left to force a result
- Rain washed out a full day for the second time in the World Test Championship
- Only 141.1 overs have been bowled in the match so far as weather wreaked havoc
- New Zealand, who will resume on 101-2, had taken the upper hand in the tie
Rain washed out an entire day’s play for the second time in the World Test Championship (WTC) final on Monday, diminishing hopes of a result in the India v New Zealand contest.
Only 141.1 overs have been bowled in the match so far as the inclement Southampton weather continued to plague the inaugural edition of test cricket’s pinnacle event.
New Zealand, who will resume on 101-2, would be particularly disappointed having taken the upper hand after their all-seam attack bowled out India for a below-par 217.
Rain washed out an entire day’s play for the second time in the World Test Championship final
Groundstaff worked quickly to cover up the surface as the weather quickly turned on Monday
India’s Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara took a walk under the shelter of an umbrella
Captain Kane Williamson, batting on 12, and Ross Taylor, who is yet to score, would have expected to erase the 116-run deficit and push for a handy first-innings lead.
Rain had washed out the entire opening day on Friday and interrupted play over the weekend, though a reserve day is allocated to make up for lost time.
The winner of the clash will become cricket’s first ever ‘Test champions’ as well as earning £1.135million in prize money, but further rain scheduled over the course of the coming days could put a spanner in the works for both sides.
The current forecast shows that further rain is set to fall at the ground into Tuesday, though brighter spells are predicted for Wednesday.
New Zealand have come into the final after beating England in a two-match Test series
The final is set to be contested in front of 4,000 crowds daily in Southampton
AGEAS BOWL WEATHER FORECAST
Monday – Light rain
Tuesday – Light rain changing to cloudy
Wednesday (reserve day) – sunny intervals changing to cloudy
Courtesy of the Met Office
The possibility exists that the final ends in a draw due to the weather, in which case the the two finalists will share the Test mace and split the prize money for first and second places equally.
The playing conditions for the final do allow for a reserve day but can only be used if net playing time is lost during the scheduled five days.
Net playing time equates to six hours of play per day and 30 overall, with the reserve day only enforced if time lost during regulation play on any given day of the Test is not made up on the same day.
The final is set to be contested in front of 4,000 crowds daily, and if there is a deciding result, the losers of the final will still be taking home £567,000.
Williamson’s New Zealand have come in to the final on the back of a series victory in England against Joe Root’s men for the first time since 1999.
The Black Caps skipper was absent from their crushing win at Edgbaston last weekend through injury but has returned to help take on Kohli’s number one-ranked Indian team following two years of qualification.
New Zealand have won their last two Tests against India, which were played in February 2020.
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