The weather prognosis for Day 4 of the World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton between India and New Zealand is bleak.
In reality, it has been pouring continuously, which has caused the start of Day 4 to be postponed. At the present, the chances of the match starting soon appear to be slim.
Prithi Narayanan, the wife of Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, took to Twitter to offer the latest weather update from Southampton. She shared a video on her social media account that shows the heavy cloud cover at The Ageas Bowl, as well as covers on the ground. There’s also a chance of rain.
— Wear a mask. Take your vaccine. (@prithinarayanan) June 21, 2021
It will be gloomy throughout the day in Southampton on Monday, according to the weather prediction, with rain expected regularly. Due to weather, the first day of the WTC final was also rained out, with 64.4 overs conceivable on Day 2.
On Sunday, though, there was a full day of Test cricket. India were bowled out for 217 in 92.1 overs after commencing their first innings on 146 for 3. New Zealand then completed 49 overs to reach an outstanding score of 101 for 2.
Because a full day of play on Monday is unlikely due to the rain in Southampton, a draw in the WTC final appears to be the most likely outcome, even if a reserve day is scheduled. In the event of a draw or a tie, both India and New Zealand will be proclaimed joint victors, according to the ICC’s playing conditions for the WTC final.
— ICC (@ICC) June 21, 2021
Kyle Jamieson, Devon Conway dominate on Day 3 in Southampton
On Day 3 of the WTC final in Southampton, New Zealand’s pace bowler Kyle Jamieson shone brightly. India’s overnight score of 146 for 3 was reduced to 217 all out as he took 5 for 31 from 22 overs. Jamieson started India’s demise with lbw-ing Indian skipper Virat Kohli for 44 runs. Rishabh Pant was quickly caught in the slips for 4.
Jamieson then went on to clinch a five-for by removing Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah in quick succession to finish his five-for. Trent Boult and Neil Wagner both took two wickets in the match. Ajinkya Rahane, India’s vice-captain, led the team with 49 runs.
Even though the Indian bowlers kept things tight in Southampton, New Zealand responded well. For the first wicket, Devon Conway (54) and Tom Latham (30) contributed 70 runs. Conway scored a half-century before succumbing to Ishant Sharma just before stumps on Day 3.