WTC Final IND vs NZ Southampton Weather Live Updates: The toss took place on the second day of the World Test Championship final. New Zealand won the toss and called India to bat first. Team India scored 217 runs in the first innings. Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane top-scored with 49 while skipper Virat Kohli scored 44 runs.
- A total of 141.1 overs have been bowled in the last 4 days of the WTC Finals
- First and fourth day’s play was washed out due to rain
- 64.4 overs on the second day and 76.3 overs on the third day
The longest format of cricket i.e. Test match is played for five days, but nowadays it is rarely seen that it goes till the last day. The final match of the ongoing World Test Championship between India and New Zealand can go to the reserve day on the fifth day or rather, if the result is not available.
This is possible because the first day of the WTC Final (IND v NZ WTC Final) was washed out in rain. On the second and third day also the rain kept interrupting. As a result, the game had to be called off ahead of schedule due to poor lighting on the ground on the second and third days. The play of the fourth day of the match also got washed out due to rain. The rain since morning at Southampton’s Aegis Bowl did not stop till evening. The groundsman did not get time to drain the water from the ground.
In the last four days so far, 141.1 overs of play has been possible. On the second day 64.4 while on the third day on Sunday only 76.3 overs could be played. Now the question is whether 28 wickets will fall on Tuesday i.e. on the 5th day? If this does not happen, then the match will be played on the reserve day for the result. On the one hand, people in Delhi are yearning for rain and on the other hand the rain has made the fans cry in the match between India and New Zealand in England.
Let’s know how will be the weather of the 5th day
Like the last four days, there is a possibility of rain on the 5th day (IND vs NZ WTC Final Southampton Weather Forecast). According to Accuweather.com, there is a possibility of rain in the morning. In such a situation, there may be a delay in the start of the day’s play.
Not that there is going to be any change in the weather as the day progresses. Because it is expected to rain even after noon. In such a situation, now it will depend on the groundsman how he carries out his work. However, after tee, the chances of rain disrupting the game are slim.
Kiwi team has the upper hand
New Zealand look to be in a strong position against India thanks to opener Devon Conway’s fifty-plus score in the third consecutive Test after all-rounder Kyle Jamieson’s ‘punch’ in the match. On Sunday, the Indian team could only score 217 runs in the first innings. In response, New Zealand scored 101 for two until the third day’s play was called off half an hour earlier due to poor light. The Indian team is thus now 116 runs ahead of him.
Indian pacers could not show amazing in the first innings
Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami failed to get much swing despite fast bowling conditions at the Aegis Bowl while New Zealand pacers Kyle Jamieson (31/5), Neil Wagner (40/2) and Trent Boult ( 47/2) took advantage of favorable fast bowling conditions to restrict India to a low score in a rain-hit match.
increased chances of a draw
Rain has increased the chances of the WTC final being a draw. Including Reserve Day, the role of rain will remain important for the next two days as well. If this test is a draw, then both the teams will be declared joint winners.
Won in only 20 Tests
Whenever Team India has scored less than 250 in the first innings, it has been defeated on most of the occasions. So far, the Indian team has failed to touch the 250 mark in the first innings in 93 Test matches. Out of this, he has won only 20 times. During this, he has lost 54 Tests while 19 Tests have been drawn.
Ishant scored a double century of wickets on foreign soil
Veteran pacer Ishant Sharma picked up his 200th Test wicket abroad in Kiwi opener Devon Conway. Ishant is the fourth Indian bowler to achieve this feat. Before him, this feat has been achieved by veteran Anil Kumble (269), Kapil Dev (215) and former pacer Zaheer Khan (207).
The winning team will get Rs 12 crore
The team that wins the World Test Championship final will get 1.6 million US dollars which is approximately Rs 12 crore in Indian currency. About Rs 6 crore will come in the account of the runner up. If the match is a draw or a tie, the prize money will be divided between both the teams. The team that wins the opening World Champion title in the longest format of the game will receive the same Test mace, which was previously given to the top teams in the ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings.
India won 12 out of 17 matches to reach the final, while New Zealand, on the other hand, won seven matches and finished second with 70 per cent winning percentage.