The final match of the ongoing World Test Championship between India and New Zealand is being played in England, but the rain is continuously disturbing this title match. For this reason, the 5th day’s play in Southampton started late. The weather was bad in Southampton since Tuesday morning. It was raining there and due to this the match started almost 1 hour late. Currently New Zealand is batting. Captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor came out to bat. The match officials have decided that 91 overs will be bowled in the day. And the fourth day’s play had to be canceled due to rain. However, on the fifth day, there is a possibility of drizzle even after noon.
India finally got a New Zealand wicket after 65 overs. Pacer Ishant Sharma got Ross Taylor (11) caught by Shubman Gill. Taylor hit two fours in his innings of 37 balls. New Zealand’s third wicket fell on the team score of 117. Pacer Ishant Sharma took the second wicket of the day. He dismissed Henry Nicholls (7) on the third ball of the 70th over of the innings. Rohit Sharma took a brilliant catch from Henry. New Zealand’s fourth wicket fell on the team’s score of 134 runs, after which BJ Watling came to bat. After this Mohammed Shami bowled BJ Watling while bowling well. Watling could score only one run and half of New Zealand’s team returned to the pavilion till the score of 135. After this Colin de Grandhomme came out to bat.
Only 141 overs played in 4 days
In the last four days, only 141.1 overs were played due to rain. Not a single ball was bowled on the first day. On the second day 64.4 overs were played. On the other hand, on the third day on Sunday, only 76.3 overs was possible. On Monday, the game had to be canceled due to rain on the fourth day. However, in view of the possibility of rain, the ICC has kept a reserve day for this. On the first day of the title match, the game had to be called off without a toss due to rain. On the second and third day also the rain kept interrupting the game. The fourth day’s play was also washed away by rain and had to be called off without a ball being bowled.
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Team India scored 217 runs in the first innings
In this match on Sunday, the Indian team could only score 217 runs in the first innings. In response, New Zealand scored 101 for two by the end of the third day’s play. In this way, the Indian team is currently 116 runs ahead of the Kiwi team. At the same time, former veteran cricketer Sunil Gavaskar said, ‘It looks like the final match will end in a draw and the trophy will be shared. This will be the first time that the trophy will be shared in the final. It is difficult to have three innings in two days. Yes, if both the teams do very poorly in batting, then three innings can be done.
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