WTC Final: India, New Zealand Regret Weather As Rain Washes Out Day 4
The fourth day of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand at Southampton was rained off, the second time a day’s play had been rained out without a ball being played in the competition.
Overnight And Early Morning Rain
The pitch and square at Hampshire’s headquarters remained fully covered due to overnight and early morning rain when the match was scheduled to resume at 10:30 a.m. local time (0930 GMT). At 3:00 p.m. (1400 GMT), the play was called off for the day, following a similar fate on Friday’s first day.
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Special License To Stretch The Final
Match referee Chris Broad, on the other hand, has a special license to stretch the final into a sixth day— men’s Tests are generally only five days long — if he believes it will make up for the time lost in the game.
29-year-old South African-born left-hander
Devon Conway, the Blackcaps’ opener, was dismissed for 54 runs two balls before the end of the game. Following his remarkable 200 on his debut against England at Lord’s earlier this month, the 29-year-old South African-born left-hander now has three scores of over fifty in just five Test innings.
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India, like New Zealand after winning the toss, bowled well in the favorable circumstances, with fast bowler Ishant Sharma (1-19 in 12 overs) and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (1-20 in 12 overs) having stats of 1-19 in 12 overs at Sunday’s close. This match, which concludes a two-year series between the top Test nations, is the finale of the inaugural World Test Championship. The champions will receive $1.6 million, while the runners-up will receive $800,000