Rain washes out fourth day of WTC final

Afp, Southampton

22 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Rain washes out fourth day of WTC final

Rain meant there was no play at all in Monday's fourth day of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand at Southampton -- the second time in the match a day's play had been washed out without a ball bowled.

Overnight and early morning rain meant the pitch and square at Hampshire's headquarters remained fully covered when the match should have resumed at 10:30 am local time (0930 GMT).

Play was finally abandoned for the day at 3:00 pm (1400 GMT), with Friday's first day having suffered a similar fate.

Match referee Chris Broad, however, has a special dispensation to extend this final into a sixth day. An absorbing day of high-quality cricket on Sunday, cut short by bad light despite the use of the Hampshire Bowl's floodlights, ended with New Zealand 101-2 in reply to India's first innings 217 -- a deficit of 116 runs.