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India vs New Zealand WTC Final, Day 4 Highlights: Play abandoned due to rain

India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) WTC Final Test, Day 4 Highlights: New Zealand still trail by 116 runs with eight wickets in hand

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: June 21, 2021 7:45:48 pm
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India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) WTC Final Test, Day 4 Highlights: Day 4 was abandoned without a ball being bowled. New Zealand are in a good position having lost just two wickets for 101 runs on Day 3. Like the BlackCaps wrapped up India’s innings in the first session of Day 3 for 217, India need a similar performance from their bowlers.

Earlier on Day 3, India could add only 71 runs to their overnight score before they were bundled out. Kyle Jamieson was the pick of the bowlers taking five wickets for 31 runs. Ajinkya Rahane was the highest run-scorer with 49 runs to his name. The only batsman in the Test so far to score a half-century is Kiwi opener Devon Conway who is in brilliant form having scored two centuries against England.

IND Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya RahaneRishabh PantRavindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant SharmaMohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

NZ Playing XI: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult

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Live Blog

India vs New Zealand WTC Final, Day 4 Highlights:

19:41 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Play abandoned

Play on Day 4 has been abandoned due to rain without a ball being bowled. New Zealand still trail by 116 runs. 

19:13 (IST)21 Jun 2021
More rain

Instead of slowing down, it is pouring down in Southampton now. It will be safe to say that Day 4 is likely to get washed out. 

18:14 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Tomorrow's weather forecast

Luckily, the weather forecast for the next two days looks promising. The reserve day is bound to come into play until and unless there is a monumental batting collapse from both teams. 

17:46 (IST)21 Jun 2021
The drizzle continues

It is really unfortunate that the weather has been unforgiving during the first-ever World Test Championship Final. The drizzle is still on. Even if the rain stops, it will take a long time to get the ground ready for play. 

17:04 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Second session unlikely

After the first session got washed out, the chances of a second session are slim as well as it is still drizzling in Southampton. We will be lucky if we get 20-30 overs to play on Day 4. 

16:06 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Slim chances of play starting

It is still raining in Southampton. The players are having a cup of coffee as they know the action is not going to start anytime soon. 

15:08 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Long delay

The rain gods have not been forgiving so far. With enough time in their hands, New Zealand bowlers have resorted to playing table tennis. 

14:36 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Kiwis get nose in front

Not that India can’t get ahead in the tight contest – at 101/2, New Zealand are still 116 behind – but they would need to do what Jamieson did. Essentially reliant on seam rather than swing, the Indian pacemen couldn’t get the dark Dukes ball to bend around as much as the New Zealanders. READ MORE

14:29 (IST)21 Jun 2021
WTC Final Day 4

The pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami failed to extract considerable amount of swing from the favourable Ageas Bowl conditions, unlike their Kiwi counterparts. Kyle Jamieson (5/31), Neil Wagner (2/40) and Trent Boult (2/47) used the seaming conditions well as New Zealand bundled out India for 217 on the third day and then scored 101 for 2 at close of play in the rain-affected match

14:26 (IST)21 Jun 2021
Weather Update

Hello and welcome to India vs New Zealand World Test Championship Final Day 4 live blog. Disappointing news from the middle. It is currently raining in Southampton. We may have a delayed start to the first session on Day 4. 

SQUADS-

India Squad: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Hanuma Vihari, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha

New Zealand Squad: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ajaz Patel, Matt Henry, Will Young, Tom Blundell

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