Rain Washes Out Fourth Day Of World Test Championship Final
Muhammad Rameez 1 month ago Mon 21st June 2021 | 10:05 PM
The inaugural World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand at Southampton was hit by yet more bad weather on Monday as rain washed out the whole of the fourth day's play -- the second time in the match a day's play had been abandoned without a ball bowled
Southampton, United Kingdom, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Jun, 2021 ) :The inaugural World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand at Southampton was hit by yet more bad weather on Monday as rain washed out the whole of the fourth day's play -- the second time in the match a day's play had been abandoned without a ball bowled.
Given a standard men's Test lasts a maximum of five days, this match would usually be destined for a draw.
The provision of a reserve day on Wednesday, however, offers the hope that one team will be able to claim a winners' cheque worth $1.6 million, with the runners-up receiving $800,000.
The International Cricket Council confirmed Monday the final would be extended into Wednesday if the match had not been completed by close of play on Tuesday's fifth day.
But the global governing body stressed the aim of using the reserve day was to do with making up the overs lost in the game, rather than trying to force a result.
The ICC added a decision would be taken by the match officials 60 minutes before the scheduled close of play on day five.
Overnight and early morning rain meant the pitch and square at Hampshire's headquarters remained fully covered when the match should have resumed at 10:30 am local time (0930 GMT) Monday.
Play was finally abandoned for the day at 3:00 pm (1400 GMT).
Sunday saw New Zealand's Kyle Jamieson take an impressive 5-31 in 22 overs -- the towering paceman's fifth five-wicket haul in just eight career Tests.
Blackcaps opener Devon Conway fell for 54 two balls before stumps.
It was his third score of over fifty in just five Test innings following the 29-year-old South Africa-born left-hander's stunning 200 on his debut against England at Lord's this month.
India, as New Zealand had done after winning the toss, bowled well in helpful conditions with fast bowler Ishant Sharma having figures of 1-19 in 12 overs at Sunday's close and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin 1-20 in 12.