There was no play on Day Four of the WTC last as rain performed spoilsport but once more.© AFP
Rain meant there was no play in any respect in Monday’s fourth day of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand at Southampton — the second time within the match a day’s play had been washed out with out a ball bowled. Overnight and early morning rain meant the pitch and sq. at Hampshire’s headquarters remained totally coated when the match ought to have resumed at 10:30 am native time (0930 GMT). Play was lastly deserted for the day at 3:00 pm (1400 GMT), with Friday’s first day having suffered an analogous destiny.
Match referee Chris Broad, nonetheless, has a particular dispensation to increase this last right into a sixth day — males’s Tests normally solely final a most of 5 days — if he feels that can compensate for time misplaced within the sport.
An absorbing day of high-quality cricket on Sunday, minimize brief by dangerous mild regardless of the usage of the Hampshire Bowl’s floodlights, ended with New Zealand 101-2 in reply to India’s first innings 217 — a deficit of 116 runs.
New Zealand’s Kyle Jamieson took a formidable 5-31 in 22 overs — the towering paceman’s fifth five-wicket haul in simply eight profession Tests.
Blackcaps opener Devon Conway fell for 54 two balls earlier than the shut.
It was his third rating of over fifty in simply 5 Test innings following the 29-year-old South Africa-born left-hander’s beautiful 200 on his debut towards England at Lord’s this month.
India, as New Zealand had finished after profitable the toss, bowled properly in useful circumstances with quick bowler Ishant Sharma having figures of 1-19 in 12 overs at Sunday’s shut and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin 1-20 in 12.
This match, the fruits of the inaugural World Test Championship that has spanned two years of collection between the main Test nations, is price $1.6 million to the winners and $800,000 to the runners-up.
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