India would like to reach the opening round on Day 5 and the weather is expected to remain clear throughout the day.© AFP
After another day of gloom as the fourth day of the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand completely washed out, the rain god seems to be in a kinder mood on Tuesday. While there may be minor interruptions, the rain is expected to stay largely away on Day 5, allowing play to take place. According to the AccuWeather website, it will be cloudy for most of the day with a chance of light showers in the afternoon. After 5 pm (local time), the weather is expected to remain clear in Southampton.
After a washout on the first day, rain once again spoiled the game on the fourth day of the WTC Finals. Light showers throughout the day meant that the game was called off without a single ball being bowled.
Rain overnight and early in the morning meant that the pitch and square at The Ageas Bowl were completely covered when the match should have resumed at 10:30 a.m. local time (0930 GMT). The game was finally abandoned for the day at 3:00 pm (1400 GMT).
An absorbing day of high-quality cricket on Sunday, cut short by poor lighting despite the use of floodlights, ended New Zealand 10-2 in reply to India’s first innings 217 – a deficit of 116 runs.
New Zealand’s Kyle Jamieson posted a scintillating 5-31 in 22 overs – the pacer’s fifth five-wicket haul in just eight career Tests.
Black Caps opener Devon Conway got out before being dismissed for 54 two balls.
India, as New Zealand did after winning the toss, bowled well in helpful conditions with paceman Ishant Sharma on Sunday close and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin 1-20 in 12 overs with figures of 1-19 in 12 overs. of.
The match is the culmination of the inaugural World Test Championship, a two-year series between the major Test nations with a value of $1.6 million to the winners and $800,000 to the runners-up.
(with AFP input)
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