WTC final, India vs NZ: Day 4 in Southampton abandoned due to rain, Gavaskar suggests way out

After waiting for close to five hours, Day 4 of the ICC World Test Championship final got abandoned due to persistent rain in Southampton. The rain gods weren’t kind to the cricket lovers as it just didn’t stop drizzling at Rose Bowl Stadium.

WTC Final, India vs NZ: Day 4 play called off due to continuous rain.
That kind of the day was Day 4. Persistent rain and cloud. (©Blackcaps)

Not even a single ball was bowled throughout the day owing to no improvement in the weather. Under such circumstances, it looks like the Test match will result in a draw despite a reserve day in place, scheduled by the ICC on June 23. With four days of play already concluded, any other result apart from a draw seems highly unlikely.

Earlier, Team India were bundled out for 217 runs in the first innings. India had made 146 for 3 on Day 2 after being sent in to bat first. Day 3 saw some good action, with Kyle Jamieson ripping apart India’s batting lineup. The tall and lanky fast bowler picked the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant to put India on the backfoot. As a result, Virat Kohli and Co. were bowled out for 217.

New Zealand openers, Tom Latham and Devon Conway batted brilliantly and denied India any early wickets. At the end of Day 3, New Zealand had lost two wickets for 101 runs in 49 overs. The weather forecast for the next couple of days looks good as one could witness a good contest between bat and bowl on both days.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) updated its fans on the same on its official Twitter handle. In its Tweet, the Board confirmed that there won’t be any play on Day 4 of the summit clash.

Here’s a look at what the Cricket Commentators had to say on the conduct of WTC Final: