India vs New Zealand, WTC Final update: That's all we have for you. Let's hope that play resumes on the fifth day. Not to forget that we will have an extra reserve day in place also. Who knows, we might have a result.
India vs New Zealand, WTC Final update: For the second time in four days, rain washed out an entire day without a single ball being bowled in the ICC World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand. Relentless and heavy downpour forced the day to be called off in the middle of what would have been the second session on Day 4.
India vs New Zealand, WTC Final update: The fourth and penultimate day is now cancelled due to heavy rain. Now, everyone wants to know who draws up ICC's schedule.
India vs New Zealand, WTC Final update: Yes the day four is all but over. The fourth day has been called off due to rain. This was always on the cards.
The latest from Southampton.
India vs New Zealand, WTC Final update: Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen once advocated for England playing host to IPL 2021---Which was suspended due to Covid-19 pandemic. He said that England has some fantastic weather in September with sunlight being available as long as 8 PM. However, the recent rains which has interrupted the WTC Final has made him change his mind.
India vs New Zealand, WTC Final update: The ICC will be slashing the ticket rates for the reserve sixth day of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand which has been severely affected by inclement weather. After the entire first day’s play was washed out, the second day witnessed 64.4 overs being bowled while 76.3 overs was sent down between the two teams on the third day on Sunday.
Rain, rain go away.
India vs New Zealand, WTC Final update: A little recap from yesterday: Kyle Jamieson picked up a five-wicket haul before opener Devon Conway impressed with another half-century as New Zealand edged forward in the ICC World Test Championship final against India. Jamieson picked up 5 for 31 in 22, including 12 maidens, as India were bowled out for 217.
India vs New Zealand, WTC Final update: Here's more from Manjrekar on Rahane--“It’s just the same Rahane that we have been seeing for the last many years, barring one or two innings like that hundred against Australia in the Test that India won. After that, he had a drop of form. It is interesting because, after a hundred, your form generally takes off, you feel more confident. But he has got a string of low scores. I think he really applied himself, so credit to him for just going through the grind.”
India vs New Zealand, WTC Final update: Rahane's shot selection has come under scrutiny. A number of former cricketers have questioned his judgement, some even compared him to Virat Kohli. Here's Sanjay Manjrekar: “As for the pull shot on which he got out, there was a lot of tentativeness and not the kind of commitment you see in Virat Kohli, or Rohit Sharma, or Shubman Gill or Rishabh Pant. The kind of commitment they have in their attacking shots.
A complete washout on the cards?
India vs New Zealand, WTC Final update: If you are an ardent cricket fan, then you would know that South Africa are up against West Indies: Here's what happening there: Rassie van der Dussen hit an unbeaten 75 and featured in a 70-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Kagiso Rabada to significantly build on the 149-run lead South Africa enjoyed after the first innings.
India vs New Zealand, WTC Final update: Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Sunday was seen enjoying the music played by the fans in the stand as he showed off his dance moves during New Zealand’s first innings on Day 3 of the World Test Championship (WTC) final at Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
Some Punjabi Dance steps by Virat Kohli. pic.twitter.com/T0IIRW8g4l— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 20, 2021
The rain hasn't subsided yet.
India vs New Zealand, WTC Final update: “But its hard to simulate match practice. You can try in these intra-squad games but it just doesn’t quite work and that’s the key. It is genuinely hard to replace match practice that makes you better and get you ready for those matches."
Do you also think, India erred in landing and heading to the ground straight?
India vs New Zealand, WTC Final update: Here's more on what Simon Doull thinks about India's performance at Southampton: The former NZ pacer throught that India should have played a game or two, lack of match practice is non-negotiable. “…at times you look and overthink and say ‘did they (India) have enough preparation?’ I think they did. I am sure in the last 10-12 days they would have bowled enough deliveries to make sure they are ready and raring to go," Doull told Harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz.
India vs New Zealand, WTC Final update: Former Kiwi pacer Simon Doull feels lack of match practice in the run-up to the ongoing World Test Championship final against New Zealand was hurting India’s pace bowling attack. Unlike New Zealand, who played two Tests against England before the WTC final, India have been devoid of match practice ahead of the marquee clash.
India vs New Zealand, WTC Final update: More on the previous story where Jamieson was targeted on social media:
Jamieson produced a peach of a delivery during the third day of the rain-hit contest to have Kohli trapped lbw on 44. While there were users who kept things civil and cheekily asked for his IPL contract to be terminated (Jamieson and Kohli are teammates at Royal Challengers Bangalore), others took their anger to extreme with abusive filth. Then there were others called out the so called fans for targeting Jamieson and his mother just because the Kiwi pacer got the better of Kohli.
India vs New Zealand, WTC Final update: The ugly side of social media came to the fore again when New Zealand’s fast rising fast bowler Kyle Jamieson was hit by a wave of abusive comments from fans on social media after having dismissed India captain Virat Kohli in the final of the ongoing ICC World Test Championship in Southampton.
The Meme Fest has started.
India vs New Zealand, WTC Final update: No respite from rains. It is now being reported that even players have given up on the weather. As a result, they are relaxing in their hotels which is within the stadium premises.
Southampton Weather Today Live Updates, WTC Final, India vs New Zealand: Well, they are in no rush
Coming to the game now, have to say, the Kiwis hold the edge. The trail is just over 100 and they still have 8 wickets in the bag. However, if momentum is a thing, it is surely with India after they got Conway just before bad light ended the Day’s play. Virat Kohli would know on such wickets, things can change pretty quickly, like it did when India was batting. One can expect the Indians to come out all pumped up and we could well be in for an exciting session but not sure for now when play will get underway. Please stay tuned for more updates!
Is it raining? Are we going to have any play today? Well, for now, all we can update is, it is raining, drizzling to be precise, the covers are on, it is heavily overcast and it does not look good. Now moving to the final question, judging by the forecast, it seems like we aren’t going to have any play today but being an optimist, keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for some action later on.
So, the lovely people at @MyWeather_SOU, providing periodic weather updates for Southampton, and surrounding areas, have this to say about not only today but tomorrow's weather as well. Let's just declare it isn't ? -- the winner of the inaugural World Test Championship - the oldest player on the blocks - RAIN. Or is there still some twist in the tale? or Twister or a Tornado?
Dinesh Karthik, on the other hand, is doing no harm to his reputation as a broadcaster. The new weatherman is hitting it out of the park. (Shameless Nidahas Trophy plug). DK at his finest though
Southampton Weather Today Live Updates, WTC Final, India vs New Zealand: Hello and a GOOD morning? Hmm. BCCI trolling the fans, eh?. But, in all fairness, someone's up in good spirits. Hope we can get some better news later in the day. Wishful thinking?
Here are the first visuals from Southampton Day 4 of WTC Final -- Dinesh Karthik with not-so-good news. It does not look good folks, it does not, unfortunately.
Southampton Weather Today Live Updates, WTC Final, India vs New Zealand: Are you here for some good news? Well, we will give you the latest news. Good or bad, up to you to decide. Still, entire day is there, and the weather can change, but it's been largely cloudy all throughout the week.
Southampton Weather Today Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Day 4, June 21, Monday: The customary Dinesh Karthik tweet on Southampton weather update was not good which meant that we had an inauspicious start to Day 4. Yes, you guessed it right. It has been raining since morning at Southampton. So, the news is that the heavy rains have washed out the fourth day at Hampshire Bowl.
Day 4, technically Day 3 of the proceedings will be hampered by rain delays, Rain forecast is there for major part of the second session, while the whole it is going to be cloudy. Would be tough conditions to bat, and India will hope that their bowlers can make the most of the situations
When play ended prematurely due to poor visibility on the third day of the World Test Championship final here on Sunday, New Zealand were in a strong position at 101 for two wickets, replying to India’s 217 first-innings’ 217.
At close of play, captain Kane Williamson was batting on 12 (37 balls, 1×4). Devon Conway (54, 222 minutes, 153 balls, 6x4s) was out just moments before the umpires decided that the light was not good enough for play. Mohammad Shami superbly caught Conway at mid-on off Ishant Sharma to sort of make up for going wicketless despite bowling brilliantly. Conway’s was the first half-century of the match so far.
R. Ashwin dismissed the other batsman, Tom Latham (30, 104 balls, 3x4s), with captain Virat Kohli taking a good catch at short extra-cover.
Although New Zealand are still 116 runs behind, they would feel comfortable as their most experienced batsman, Ross Taylor, playing his 108th Test, was yet to bat. The others to follow are no less experienced. They are Henry Nicholls (40th Test), Bradley-John Watling (75th), and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme (26th).
The inclement weather will play a crucial role in deciding this Test match. Although the first day was lost completely to rain, three more days are left in the contest. Seam and swing bowling will play a major part in the two teams’ fortunes at the Hampshire Bowl.
Earlier, the third day’s play started with India at 146 for three, with Kohli (44) and Ajinkya Rahane (29) at the crease. India were all out soon after the lunch interval.
Rahane ended up as the top scorer of the innings with 49 (117 balls, 5x4s) while Kohli scored 44 (132 balls, 1×4). Opener Rohit Sharma chipped in with 34 (68 balls, 6x4s).
For New Zealand, fast bowler Kyle Jamieson captured his fifth five-wicket innings haul, in his eighth Test, for 31 runs in 22 overs. His superb figures included 12 maiden overs and the wickets of Kohli, Sharma, and Rishabh Pant (4).