Southampton: Rain has spoiled all the zest for the first World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand. The first and fourth days of the final Test were badly washed out due to rain and 90 overs could not be bowled for the rest of the day. With only 221 overs to be bowled in the last five days, the match will also be played in the Reserve Day today. Southampton is unlikely to receive rain today but the ground may remain cloudy. New Zealand fast bowlers are likely to get help. India lost the toss and New Zealand decided to bowl.
Team India then batted first and scored 217 runs in their first innings. In reply, New Zealand scored 249 runs in the first innings with the help of Devon Conway (54 runs) and Ken Williamson (49 runs). India got a chance to bat in the final session on the fifth day. Tim Southee bowled brilliantly to send Team India opening batsmen Shubman Gill (08) and Rohit Sharma (30) to the pavilion. India were 64 for two at the end of the day's play. India still have a lead of 32 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara on 12 and Virat Kohli on 8 at the crease.
The new zealand bowlers will have a strategy today to send Pujara and Virat Kohli to the pavilion at the earliest. New Zealand fast bowlers can wreak havoc if the ground is cloudy. The New Zealand fast bowlers bowled brilliantly in the first innings. If the match is not interrupted due to bad light, there will be a 98-over game today. Both the teams will be declared joint winners if the match is drawn.