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Southampton Weather, India vs New Zealand, Day 2, June 19: Game Resumes After Bad Light Subsides

Southampton Weather Day 2 Live Updates: After opening day washout, will be see some cricket on Day 2 of the ICC World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand?

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21:08 (IST)

Southampton Weather Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Day 2, June 19: Indian batsmen are back after the second interval. Kohli is unbeaten at 40 and looking set for that fifty. Rahane looking as solid as ever.

20:58 (IST)

Southampton Weather Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Day 2, June 19: Both the batsman--Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli are out there and we will have live action soon.

20:50 (IST)

Southampton Weather Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Day 2, June 19:  Bad Light continues to persist but broadcasters have hinted that we may see resumption very soon. Let's wait and watch. India are 134/3.

20:32 (IST)

Southampton Weather Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Day 2, June 19: Bad news...the play has been suspended again due to bad light. India had two well-set batter ready to kick in but the nature just won't budge. Poor light has again forced the umpire to suspend proceedings.

20:28 (IST)

Southampton Weather Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Day 2, June 19: Players are back after Tea and the play resumes. So light has improved and there is no reason for worry.

20:10 (IST)

Southampton Weather Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Day 2, June 19: So bad light has stopped play after tea. Let's hope that light will improve shortly and we won't miss much of the session here. 

19:55 (IST)

Southampton Weather Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Day 2, June 19: It is tea on day one of the Test. India have just managed to score 120/3. Perhaps their tactics are to tire out the opposition bowlers. Let's see after the break. 

19:36 (IST)

Southampton Weather Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Day 2, June 19: Kohli and Rahane are managing to frustrate the Kiwi bowlers for now. This is good batting by the duo. The score has moved to 118/3. 250 here on this pitch should be good total, but India would look for 300. 

19:11 (IST)

Southampton Weather Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Day 2, June 19: India have finally brought up their 100, in 48 overs. This has been a very slow batting display by the Indians. It is 104/3. 

18:54 (IST)

Southampton Weather Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Day 2, June 19: India continue to score slowly, and this is the time NZ can capitalize. Meanwhile, Pujara is also out cheaply. India 93/3.

18:30 (IST)

Southampton Weather Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Day 2, June 19: Kohli and Pujara seem to be going at snail's pace at the moment which will frustrate the Kiwis. The score has moved to 87/2.

17:48 (IST)

Southampton Weather Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Day 2, June 19: The post lunch session has started. The temperature has dipped a little, and the players are having their sweaters on. The overcast conditions will make life difficult for the batsmen.

17:15 (IST)

Southampton Weather Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Day 2, June 19: It is lunch at Southampton and India would be hoping for a better next session when they come back. For now they are 69/2.

16:57 (IST)

Southampton Weather Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Day 2, June 19: Now Shubman Gill has also perished. This means that skipper Virat Kohli is out there in the middle. Let's hope he gets big runs. India 67/2. 

16:34 (IST)

Southampton Weather Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Day 2, June 19: India have finally lost Rohit Sharma for 34 as the score moves to 62/1. Shubman Gill is joined by Cheteshwar Pujara now. 

16:09 (IST)

Southampton Weather Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Day 2, June 19: Till now weather has not created any hindrance in Southampton or in Bristol. India move to 49/0 against New Zealand and 109/2 against England. 

15:43 (IST)

Indw vs Engw live score: This match is about Deepti Sharma too, who has batted with grit and determination. Either of these two will have to see the day through, so India can save this Test. The score has moved to 89/1.

15:35 (IST)

India women vs England women: The match is underway and Sophie Ecclestone starts the proceedings for England. The conditions are still overcast and batting will be tough on the final day. India 85/1.

15:33 (IST)

Southampton Weather Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Day 2, June 19: The conditions are still overcast but Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma have started well for the Indians and the score has moved to 29-0. Hopefully we will not be interrupted by the rain. 

14:40 (IST)

Southampton Weather Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Day 2, June 19: Weather had remained true today so far. We have had the toss, with Kohli losing yet again. But, we will have play

14:19 (IST)

Siraj and Southee catch-up ahead of the clash

14:00 (IST)

Thoughts on the pitch?

13:41 (IST)

Mishra Wanted a Fast-Bowling Allrounder in India Squad: “The playing XI looks great. We have Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin, two excellent spinners who can also contribute with the bat. Ashwin and Jadeja’s batting skills will help India a lot. I think India could have named a fast-bowling all-rounder in the playing XI, someone who could have bowled six-seven overs when the regular pacers are tired and the ball is swinging,” Amit Mishra said.

13:09 (IST)

Oh well, let's hope the rain stays away.

12:48 (IST)

Southampton Weather Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Day 2, June 19: 98 overs now scheduled for today we have play starting on time. Remember there will be a toss and New Zealand also yet to announce their XI. India have already decided on theirs' but can still make changes if they want

12:08 (IST)

Southampton Weather Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Day 2, June 19: There is some good news in the morning from Southampton, It's bright and sunny.  

11:16 (IST)

Hola! Southampton is Sunny This Morning

10:11 (IST)

Gavaskar advices playing an extra batter:  Batting legend Sunil Gavaskar thinks that the conditions may force India to rethink their Playing 11, "I feel like maybe they'll think of playing another batsman because of the weather. Because these conditions are suitable for New Zealand fast bowlers so Rishabh Pant is at six, he might shift to seven and an extra batsman might play. Seeing this weather, one spinner might be dropped," Gavaskar told Aaj Tak. Read full story here.

09:26 (IST)

Will this be the story of Saturday too?

08:12 (IST)

So here's the forecast for the day in Southampton 

Southampton Weather Day 2, India vs New Zealand: Team India after losing the toss start decently in overcast conditions. But after good little knocks, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill fell before lunch. Meanwhile, after the second session, bad light has stopped play.

There is some good news in the morning from Southampton, It’s bright and sunny.  after the opening day was a bummer. It rained for the majority of the day and then conditions weren’t deemed fit enough for even a toss, let alone a delivery to be bowled. The good thing is we have an extra day but the bad news is the forecast for today isn’t promising either. England and rain? Shocking.

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Day 1 at a glance

The eagerly-awaited opening day of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand was rained out here on Friday, which is set to bring the reserve day into the equation. As per ICC playing conditions guidelines for the WTC final, if required the reserve sixth day can now come into effect with six hours of play lost on Day 1 itself. There was forecast of rain and thundershowers and the heavens opened up last evening with relentless downpour continuing till afternoon. With puddles forming throughout the outfield, even the best drainage system couldn’t have possibly forced some action on the opening day.

Umpires Michael Gough and Richard Illingworth, after multiple inspections, called off the game at 7:30 pm IST (3 pm local time). While there has been talk about Southampton being the preferred venue, it has been learnt that BCCI was taken into confidence by both the ICC and England and Wales Cricket Board before they finalised the venue which also has a five-star facility within the premises, helping create a tight bio-secure bubble. The English weather is known to be fickle and in any case, there was no guarantee that the match being played at any other venue would have not led to a wash-out on the first day. In the last five years, England has hosted 32 men’s Test matches and only as many as four have ended in draws which is an indication that even if rain plays spoilsport, the final will go the distance.

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