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Southampton Weather Today Highlights, India vs New Zealand, Reserve Day, June 23: No Forecast of Rain; Full Day's Play On

Southampton Weather Update, India vs New Zealand, WTC Final, Ind vs NZ Live Updates From June 23, 2021: The final day of the inaugural WTC cannot be setup in a more thrilling manner. With all to play for, New Zealand have the slight advantage heading into the reserve day.

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    21:22 (IST)

    That's all we have for you. The game is on with clear skies, Indian supporters out there, we feel for you. Good bye and take care.

    15:08 (IST)

    The wait is over then! Probably the most important session of this Test is about to begin! We could well have a clear picture about the result after a couple of hours. Kane Williamson and his side walk out to the centre and so do Kohli and Pujara who will resume their innings. Tim Southee who has two wickets so far will start off. Here we go...

    14:42 (IST)

    Despite all the time we have lost due to rain and bad light in this Test, we still have a slender hope of one of these sides to squeeze out a win. The Kiwis have more of a realistic chance to win this game. Yes, a draw seems the most obvious result but an Indian batting collapse can’t be ruled out especially in such conditions. Saying that though, the Indians have fared quite decently so far. They have shown good resilience in difficult conditions but they will have to continue to fight. The first session or maybe even the first hour could well indicate which way this game is going. All to play for then. Stay tuned...

    14:17 (IST)

    Southampton Weather Today Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Reserve Day, June 23:  Warm-ups are underway for New Zealand

    13:51 (IST)

    Southampton Weather Today Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Reserve Day, June 23: Look at all that sunshine, will you? Where have you been 'bright and sunny' Could you BE more late ? 

    12:46 (IST)

    There you have it, DK 's morning update is as good as it can get 

    12:40 (IST)

    Southampton Weather Today Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Reserve Day, June 23

    11:07 (IST)

    Southampton Weather Today Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Reserve Day, June 23: Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has opined that although India have given themselves a chance to win the WTC final against New Zealand, but it might not be possible for them to bundle out the opposition on the reserve day. The weather in Southampton on the reserve day is predicted to be bright and sunny, and might be conducive for batting.

    10:20 (IST)

    Southampton Weather Today Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Reserve Day, June 23: So the weather today is the best in the last five days and we should be getting a full game today. 96 overs to be precise and if we factor in change over time between innings, it is 96 overs. Can we get a result in that many overs, we very well can folks. 

    09:46 (IST)

    Southampton Weather Today Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Reserve Day, June 23: The forecast from the Met Office is for sunny skies in Southampton and a high of 21 deg C.

    09:31 (IST)

    A couple of fans were removed from the Hampshire Bowl as they were allegedly abusing NZ cricketer Ross Taylor. A fan tweeted about the incident to ICC which in turn took the action and promptly removed the couple of fans.

    08:12 (IST)

    For the Kiwis, their chances of winning this game are a lot more than their opponent's. They will not only need to pick wickets but also restrict the run-flow. The reserve day which is Day 6 could prove to be an exciting one. 

    08:11 (IST)

     India started off solidly but now has both their openers back in the hut. They lead by 32 and still have 8 wickets in hand. We believe they will try to bat time on Wednesday first, then analyze their position and think how to go about it.

    07:05 (IST)

    Hello and welcome to what would the final day of the WTC Championship for the 2019-21 cycle and it is a promising day in terms of weather at Southampton. Very less chance of rain and we will get the complete 98 overs in play. That sets us up for an exciting final day of cricket. 

    07:03 (IST)

    Hello and welcome to what would the final day of the WTC Championship for the 2019-21 cycle and it is a promising day in terms of weather at Southampton. Very less chance of rain and we will get the complete 98 overs in play. That ses us up for an exciting final day of cricket. 

    Southampton Weather Today Live Updates, India vs New Zealand, Day 6, June 23, Wednesday:   And the game is underway. It is quite bright and sunny and India are playing with intent. Hope on to our match blog here for all the latest update from the reserve day of the WTC Final. We will have a winner today – joint or NZ or India. Take your pick  

    Dinesh Karthik says this has been the best weather he has seen so far. What better news for the grand finale.  

    So the weather today is the best in the last five days and we should be getting a full game today. 96 overs to be precise and if we factor in change over time between innings, it is 96 overs. Can we get a result in that many overs, we very well can folks.    

    Tim Southee removed both India openers late on Tuesday to give New Zealand hope of an unlikely victory in the World Test Championship final as the showpiece match headed into the reserve sixth day.

    India will look to Cheteshwar Pujara (12 not out) and captain Virat Kohli (eight not out) after finishing the fifth day at Southampton on 64-2 in their second innings — a lead of 32 runs.

    Southee had Shubman Gill lbw for eight and Rohit Sharma leg before padding up for 30.

    The veteran paceman also struck star batsman Kohli flush on the helmet before reaching stumps with figures of 2-17 in nine overs.

    And with a maximum 98 overs remaining, a positive outcome is still possible despite both Friday’s opening day and Monday’s fourth both being washed out without a ball being bowled.

    A draw, however, remains the likeliest outcome after two years of qualifying matches to determine Test cricket’s first official world champions, and in that case India and New Zealand will share the 2.4 million dollars prize money.

    “You always probably want more than what you got, but it was nice to get those two (wickets) tonight, but it’s shaping up for an intriguing day tomorrow,” Southee told reporters.

    “It’s exciting to end up on the last day of a Test match with three results still possible,” added the 32-year-old. “With the weather that’s been around, it’s nice to have that extra day up our sleeve.”

    Earlier, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson made 49 out of a total of 249 in reply to India’s first-innings 217.

    Williamson is one of the outstanding batsmen of his generation but such was the control exerted by India’s fast bowlers in a match where pacemen on both sides have dominated in helpful conditions, he made just seven from 77 balls faced before lunch on Tuesday.

    Mohammed Shami led the way with 4-76 in 26 overs after yet more rain delayed Tuesday’s start by an hour.

    “I wanted to keep it tight today,” said Shami, speaking in Hindi after the close.

    Looking ahead to Wednesday, he added: “I can’t say how much we can dismiss them for in the fourth innings.

    “We will need runs on the board and back-up.”

    By activating the reserve day, officials created the first six-day Test since the 2005 Super Series between Australia and the Rest of the World.

    New Zealand had resumed on 101-2.

    Williamson and Ross Taylor, their two most experienced batsmen, added a mere 16 runs in Tuesday’s first 13 overs before Shami had Taylor caught for 11 at short extra-cover.

    Ishant Sharma (3-48) followed up by having Henry Nicholls well-taken by Rohit at second slip.

    New Zealand’s 134-4 was transformed into 135-5 as Shami clean bowled BJ Watling with a superb delivery that hit the top of middle and off stumps.

    Williamson’s 177-ball innings ended when he steered Ishant to second-slip Kohli.

    Southee, whose breezy 30 included two fours and a six before he was last man out, paid tribute to Williamson’s painstaking innings by saying: “The Indian bowling asked a lot of tough questions and put us under a lot of pressure, and he was able to hang tight and dig deep and just sort of battle his way through.”

    A lively crowd, made up mainly of India supporters added to the occasion, but two spectators were ejected on Tuesday by security staff for abusing New Zealand players.

    “It’s the first I’ve heard of it,” said Southee. “The game is always played in a good spirit on the field.”

    A spokesperson for the International Cricket Council said: “We received reports of abuse directed at the New Zealand players.

    “Our security team were able to identify the culprits and they were ejected from the ground. We will not tolerate any sort of abusive behaviour in cricket.”

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