India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) WTC Final Test: There was no play possible on the first day of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand in Southampton on Friday owing to incessant rain. The match was scheduled to start at 3pm (IST) but the weather ensured that the pitch at the Ageas Bowl was covered and the toss was delayed. Day 2 will begin at 2:30 pm IST.
The ICC has kept a reserve day to make up for time lost because of inclement weather. Rain has been forecast in Southampton for most part of the inaugural title clash in the longest format. India will start as favorites because of the greater options at their disposal, but will go in under prepared. New Zealand warmed up well in the two-Test series against England and dominated both, winning the second match inside four days.
India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
India217 (92.1) u0026 170 (73.0)
New Zealand249 (99.2) u0026 140/2 (45.5)
New Zealand beat India by 8 wickets